Published on : Wednesday, January 15, 2014
A global signature campaign titled ‘Boycott Kerala Tourism to Save Animals,’ has been launched using videos and stills showing cruel killings of animals in different parts of the state to save animals. The campaign has the support of FIAPO (Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations).
The campaign has already collected 40,070 signatures and most of them are from European countries.
There are videos, still photographs and newspaper clippings of animal torture. One of the shocking video is showing the skilled butchering of a live turtle by locals.
The purpose of the campaign is to shock sensitive tourists by offering a disgusting contrast to the ‘photoshop’-enhanced images popularised by Kerala Tourism.
Suparna Ganguly of FIAPO accepted that she had “group posted” the campaign site through FIAPO’s mail. However, even she is not aware of the source of the campaign. She said, “I too am curious about the people who started the campaign. I supported it because I felt the issue raised was genuine and significant. The authorities in Kerala are blind and blank to the problem Kerala is one place from where we receive the most number of distress mails and calls from animal lovers. There is absolutely no monitoring and no place to revert to when an animal is in distress.”