The Federation of Indian Animals Protection Organisation (FIAPO) has written an open letter to political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, urging him not to showcase animals like wolves in bad light. Trivedi was recently arrested on the controversial charge or sedition for his political cartoons. However, the state government was soon forced to release him as public sentiments gained in his favour. However, animal rights activists have messaged the young cartoonist to be sensitive towards animals, while making future cartoons. A wolf has been used in your cartoons as a depiction of evil. However, a fight for an India sans corruption can be achieved without portraying animals in a poor light. We all dream of a peaceful India, the land of AHIMSA, where animals are upheld in stories to teach children their first steps in morality. It is unnecessary to liken an animal to savagery created by some humans,” stated the FIAPO letter to Trivedi. The entire contents of the open letter are given below.
An Open Letter to Aseem Trivedi – Political cartoonist.
Dear Aseem Trivedi ji ,
Congratulations on your release from jail and the retraction of sedition charges !! We empathize with you as activists for the welfare of animals as more often than not animals are also wrongly portrayed in communications, to be what they are actually not.
A wolf has been used in your cartoons as a depiction of evil. However, a fight for an India sans corruption can be achieved without portraying animals in a poor light. We all dream of a peaceful India, the land of AHIMSA, where animals are upheld in stories to teach children their first steps in morality. It is unnecessary to liken an animal to savagery created by some humans.
There are many myths and lies about wolves “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs” being two of the most well known fairy tales portraying mankind’s common misconception of wolves as evil creatures. Such stories including modern movies like “Look Who’s Talking Too” and those with werewolves as protagonists portray wolves as evil denizens.
The simple truth is, wolves are not evil; no animal is. They do not attack unless provoked, they do not enter our territories unless we destroy theirs and they are simply sentient living beings who hunt to eat and feed their cubs. A wolf like any other animal is like a human being who would turn aggressive and attack to protect his loved ones against any external threat. Animals including wolfs claim no nation, religion, political party – neither do they accept bribe. They are in perpetual involuntary servitude to all humankind, and although they pose no threat and own no weapons, human beings always win in the undeclared war against them. For animals, there is no Geneva Convention, No Jan Lokpal and no peace treaty-just our mercy.
In your noble fight against corruption – please portray animals in the right way. Rather, we look forward to your using your talent and positive image to protect and promote the welfare of our mute fellow beings.
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations ( www.fiapo.org)
(Reported by Citizen Satirist, Pandu Ranga Reddy)