Thursday, November 29, 2012


Pritish Nandy Communications and Humane Society International, the global partner of The Humane Society of the United States, were hosts at the World Compassion Day on 28th November, a day of sharing the ideals of ahimsa and compassion towards all life, with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, who shared his thoughts on this platform with a very select audience.
In a world torn apart by conflict and war, an initiative like World Compassion Day (WCD) comes as a breath of fresh air. WCD is an idea based on ahimsa and compassion. It was a day where global icons took the stage and shared their ideologies, values and principles on how to make the Gandhian ideals of ahimsa and compassion relevant to our times.
India is the perfect nation to drive this initiative, given the fact that it has been the crucible of four of the greatest religions of the world - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism - all committed to the ideals of compassion and ahimsa. This year, WCD will have a special focus on animal welfare and the growing importance of vegetarianism for reasons of both healthcare and to discourage killing of other species.
Speaking about World Compassion Day, The Dalai Lama said, “Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human but also human to other forms of life.”
A supporter of HSI’s efforts to improve animal welfare worldwide, the Dalai Lama has joined HSI in calling for an end to the intensive factory farming practices, including the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages. In prior years he called for this change and compassion toward farm animals when he said, “Turning these defenseless animals into egg-producing machines with no consideration for their welfare whatsoever is a degradation of our own humanity. Switching to cage-free eggs would reduce the suffering of these animals.”

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