'87% Indians agree animals have as many rights as humans'

Animal rights

Majority of Indians believe that protecting animals is important and their treatment is a serious challenge in the country, according to a study released here today.

The research, commissioned by the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) and undertaken by prominent research agencies GlobeScan and TNS Global, shows that 73 per cent of Indians think the treatment of animals is "a serious challenge in our society."

The study was unveiled at an event in which WSPA launched its campaign for animal protection in India.

The statistics, prepared after a two-phase survey with a nationally representative sample of 500 adults each, highlight just how strongly Indians believe that animals need protection.

"87 per cent of Indians agree that animals have as many rights as people - more than anywhere else in the world. 83 per cent of people believe protecting animals from the effect of natural disasters is important," it said.

The survey said that 84 per cent of people believe preventing cruelty to wild animals is important. "75 per cent of Indians say that caring for the welfare of farm animals is important," it said.

At launch event, WSPA CEO Mike Baker said it is inspiring to see that animals matter to people in India.

"It gives me extreme pleasure to help launch our campaign for animal protection in India, building on the successes we have already achieved here. The welfare of animals affects us all, and protecting them cannot wait," he said.

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