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Environment and Animal Welfare Educational Park And Sanctuary
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated... I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man” - Mahatma Gandhi - 1869 – 1948
i. Animal rights and animal cruelty issues
iii. Health aspects4. TARGET AUDIENCE
- Environment and Animal Welfare Educational Park and Sanctuary
There is much
animal cruelty and environmental degradation due to lack of education or
motivation, and commercial interests. The object of this park will be to
cultivate in the visitor a genuine compassion for animals and motivation to
preserve the environment. Emphasis would be on healthy living and healing
various illnesses through healthy diet. These topics will be presented in a fun
and interesting way. Homeopathy will be given a prominent role as a form of
treatment to be used only when required.
The proposed park would be based on at
least 20 acres of land, between Mumbai and Pune so that it would be easily
accessible from these 2 cities as well as a major airport.
Land would be allowed to regenerate and
be conserved. Buildings would be built simply and ecologically, in the original
style of the area. There would be
The project shall be built up initially by donations. After this it is expected to be sustainable through entrance fees and fees for summer camps, as well as income from the guesthouses and hotels.
To cultivate compassion for all species and this planet, and to promote environmental consciousness, and promote naturally healthy lifestyles and diet.
promote compassion for animals and to deal with animal rights issues
animal suffering. Animals are
subjected suffering in various areas such as those listed below -
conditions where animal experimentation is necessary, it should be
conducted in a humane way, making the animal as comfortable as possible.
In order to
help reduce animal suffering we will do the following:
1. The park shall provide a permanent shelter to a large variety of rescued domestic animals that have been abused in various ways by the industry – cattle, buffaloes, goats, sheep, horses, chicken, ducks, turkeys, pigs, rabbits etc. These animals will be our ambassadors and will provide an opportunity for visitors to interact and learn about the feelings of other sentient beings.
We will inform about animal cruelty through films and theatre.
Hold discussions about what every citizen can do individually to avoid
Explain Indian laws regarding animal rights and animal welfare and
promote the implementation of these laws.
Explain to children their own rights regarding dissection.
Instruction about whom to report incidents of cruelty to, and how to do
Initiate compassion clubs in schools.
Hold contests and award prizes related to animal compassion to promote
awareness. Poster competitions and essay competitions, debates and elocution
Collaborate with other animal welfare organizations.
Conduct animal care internships, para-veterinary courses and animal
welfare courses for people who would like to work in this field. We will
research and use as far as possible homeopathic medications for the animals, and
conduct workshops in the use of homeopathy in animal care.
Take legal action against animal rights offenders.
promote awareness about environmental conservation
issues such as:
will be dealt with through -
promote healthier lifestyles:
be advised on healthy diet based on Natural Hygiene principles, and explained
what they can do to take their health in their own hands. They will be explained
through workshops and lectures about –
is a form of medicine that is ecological, non polluting, non invasive,
economical and based on natures laws. It reaches the deepest level, the
energetic level of our existence.
As all the above topics are inter- related, we will have an exhibition hall where all animal rights, and environmental organizations can display a poster explaining their work so that interested people may join, donate, etc.
education has become compulsory in India, so a visit to the park would be a good
educational trip for schools.
would be for school groups and all activities and programs would be arranged in
various languages and levels depending on the needs of the visiting class or
would be for families and groups and the program would be one of a more general
nature with a timetable and options for different tours in different languages.
summer holidays there would be 2 - 3 week long summer camps for small groups of
older children and young adults, age-wise, where the registrants would
participate in the farming and animal care activities and study more about
ecology. Effort would be made to promote the idea that looking after animals and
the environment can be fun, and not a deprivation, and to explain the necessity
of conservation for our own future.
To guide them to promote
environmentally friendly practices in their areas like vermiculture, garbage
These would be for one to several
months and would be according to the need of the intern. He / she would be
required to join in the work and would be taught in the process.
Internships would be in the area of
animal care, ecology or health depending on the needs of the intern.
The park could be booked for special
events such as birthdays and parties where the event would be celebrated in the
special environment. Educational programs would be specially chosen for the
for local farmers and residents
These would be held periodically and
would be free of cost. We would provide assistance and guidance to local farmers
who want to turn organic and we would also hold animal care check ups for the
animals of local farmers and advise them on animal care and respect.
and health workshops
theme park would be based on about 20 acres of land initially and would be
expanded when possible. The land would be allowed to regenerate and be
conserved. Buildings would be built simply and ecologically, in the original
style of the area, using natural materials as far as possible.
land would be divided into several zones –
i. A theatre cum auditorium.
An exhibition hall where various NGO’s related with environmental and
animal welfare could display information about themselves to allow visitors to
join those organizations, which interest them, or subscribe to various
A library and bookshop where books would be available regarding these
iv. A vegan restaurant and kitchen
A dormitory type accommodation for school groups children
Guest cottages for visitors.
Residential complex for staff
Between Mumbai and Pune - as this area
usually gets adequate rainfall and there are several lakes and rivers, (a body
of water on the land is required for the animals). This would serve two big
cities, and would be near a major airport. Bombay – Pune road is one of the
roads with the heaviest traffic. A large number of people pass by daily.
project would be built up in 3 stages –
1 - Animal areas and Land
After this stage the rescued animals
can be homed and cared for. Visitors would be allowed on prior appointment.
2 - Buildings for visitors
After this stage, day trips and
internship programs as well as special programs would begin.
Stage 3 - Residential Facilities
Completion of this stage would allow
long term visits for the summer camps and health visitors.
(Stage 4 – Expansion. This
would be according to the needs, and could include expanding grazing areas, farm
lands, forests with aviary and monkey enclosure. This stage is not included in
Watchmen - 4
buildings will be single storied or two-storied. The buildings for humans will
be compactly grouped around a courtyard and the animal shelters, species
specific, will be spread out. There will be a common courtyard and separate
areas for different species. Materials used will be traditional. The
architectural style will be inspired by the surrounding vernacular using
ecologically sound materials. The energy and waste disposal systems will be
designed using environmentally friendly processes. A hybrid power system using
power from the local grid, solar panels and biogas generator will serve the
needs in an optimum manner. Passive solar system will be used throughout to
provide hot water.
1 (All estimates are on a per square meter basis in rupees. Rs 100 is approx
US$2.20, or about Euros 2.00 and 1lakh Rs is approximately US$2222, and Euros
1. Cost of the land near a water source
(lake / river)
Total land and building costs –
Rs 2, 50,00,000
Restaurant and Kitchen
Bookstore, Library and Multimedia Centre
Total Stage 2
1. Dormitory for Students
will accommodate about 100 beds with common toilets and bathrooms.
300 sqm x Rs. 8,000 =
Guesthouse with Cottages
cottages and the hotel will be in a separate section of the property away from
the crowd to function as a resort for patrons and guests wanting to spend a
quiet time in aesthetic surroundings. These will be designed in ethnic style
with high quality bathrooms and a small kitchenette with private patios.
10 nos. x 50 sqm x Rs. 12000 =
Hotel (25 rooms)
will be a high-class hotel built and run ecologically with its own kitchen and
dining facilities, which can also be shared by the cottages.
1000 sqm x Rs. 12,000 =
Total Stage 3 -
Expenditure - Infrastructure
The money for buying the land, developing and building will be raised through donations. Once built, the project is expected to be self- sustainable. Most of the food for the animals and also much of the vegetables for the restaurant will be grown on the land. We will charge each student Rs. 100 for the visit and will be able to take at least 2 groups of 100 students each per day, on weekdays. On weekends we will charge more – Rs. 250 per head for adults and Rs. 150 for children. Summer camps would be for Rs. 500 a day, as they would include instruction and food and lodging. There will be special scholarships from donations to the ill-affording. This money would be used in the everyday maintenance of the place and salaries.
Income from the hotels and guesthouses will be used for repairs and upgrading.
Donations will be used to extend the area and be able to restore more land or rescue more animals.
The minimum projected income from visitors will be Rs 37,85, 000
The total yearly salaries will be Rs 29,74,000
This should leave a balance of Rs 8,11,000 to cover other expenses such as water, electricity, medicines, additional food, seeds, irrigation system, petrol, cooking gas, etc. Besides this at the end of the 3rd phase the hotel and guest house will start generating income.
STAGE 1 expenditure
STAGE 2 expenditure
STAGE 3 expenditure
The project coordinator will not ask for a salary until the sanctuary is completely self sustainable at which time, if needed she will get a salary equal to that of the highest paid full time worker on the premises. All other workers will be paid workers except volunteers. After the 3rd phase it is possible that there is more income from the hotels. This will be utilized to increase in size the forest, the farm area and increase the capacity of the animal shelter.
to promote the sanctuary and invite donations will be organized such as
Name: Nandita Shah