articles by Maneka Gandhi

India

Disappearing frogs are an unfortunate effect of destruction of ecology due to human activity

Amphibians are considered important indicators of ecosystem health. Therefore, the fact that we don't see frogs around us anymore is worrying.

Life

Consumption of dairy products can lower testosterone in men, have 'feminising' effect

Apart from the ‘feminising’ effect that dairy and meat can have on men, they also increase the chances of testicular and other kinds of cancer, due to increased levels of oestrogen.

Life

Organ transplant from animals may increase life span of humans but could risk quality of health

The increasing demand for organs, tissues, and cells, and the dearth of available human organs, have focused scientific interest in taking organs from animals.

India

Many ingredients in vitamin supplements are not vegetarian, here are some plant-based alternatives

As supplements become an integral part of our lives, it is important to know where they come from. Most Indians would be surprised to know how many vitamins are derived from animals and are not vegetarian.

India

Lack of research makes scientists use pigs for transplanting organs into human bodies

For the last 300 years, doctors have been trying to create a miracle in the process called xenotransplantation, or the transplanting of non-human organs or cells into a human body.

India

Clinical testing of drugs on dogs is a cruel practice, doesn't add value or provide data that is applicable to humans

The primary objection to the specific use of dogs in testing is thus simple — the data derived from dogs is not predictive enough to be applied to the case of humans

Life

Mythology, folklore are full of animal-human hybrid but evolution has left animals out of spiritual fulfilment

The tragedy is that, as we “evolve” we do not include animals in our spiritual fulfilment anymore. There are no religions and cults anymore that embrace all of Earthkind.

India

Hate animal cruelty? Then complain about 'natural sources' in your food and cosmetics, save thousands of lives

“Natural sources” is a very deceptive word. If vegetarian, the food writes clearly that it is from vegetable sources. But, most often in the health and food industry, especially in the cosmetics area, it means animal sources such as organs, glands, fat, protein, and oil. There is a reason that companies write their products in such small type that it is almost impossible to read them, but do try. Your one complaint and insistence on a non-animal alternative could save thousands of lives.

India

India needs more companies that offer professionals dog walkers, emergency pet taxis and other flexible services

India’s cities need more companies that offer flexible services like dog walking and emergency pet care to professionals.

Life

Animals in divinity: Human beings have been worshipping animals in religion for a very long time

In the ancient world, humans were not just close to animals but, in most cases, deeply dependent on them.

India

Dog owners should thoroughly research boarding kennels to ensure safety of pets in their absence

Boarding kennel stress is real. Imagine taking a young child to a strange place and leaving it with people it doesn’t know. The child will more often than not, become distressed and upset. The same thing can happen to dogs.

India

Chicken sold over-the-counter is often restructured; GM soy protein, MSG substitute essential meat

Is the chicken you get in commercial large scale food vendors, in products like sandwiches, chicken? Perhaps not.

India

Mosquito species have various preferences; knowing them can help us protect ourselves better

The most important animal in your life, no matter where you are, is the mosquito. Therefore, you should know the facts about it. Separating fact from fancy can help us better protect ourselves.

India

Hotel management ceases to be exclusive domain of meat eaters in India as vegetarians quietly take firm footing

Yoga, Ayurveda, and other ancient medicines are based on vegetarianism. With the availability of options for vegetarians, vegetarian food will become better and more people will turn vegetarian, becoming healthier in the process.

Life

Animals and plants aren't the only categorisation for living beings; there are several which defy classification

Animals eat other animals or plants to get energy for their survival since they can move. Plants get energy for their survival from the sun, because they cannot move. But there are beings that defy these rules

India

Illegal use of Fipronil insecticide by illiterate farmers in India poses a threat to health, environment

Fipronil is an insecticide not permitted for use around animals destined for consumption, or in any products destined for the human food chain.

India

Decoding animal myths vs reality: How language desensitises us to their suffering

Helping an animal is about attitude and a value system. We can examine our treatment of fellow creatures by our language.

Life

Badminton shuttlecocks are made from plucked feathers of live ducks and geese, causing much pain to animals

How many of us examine the things we use to see which ones of them cause death? A lot of sports do. For example, badminton which uses shuttlecocks made of feathers plucked from live ducks or geese.

Life

Sturgeons are on verge on extinction because their eggs are in high demand as cocktail snack

Nothing could be stranger than the recent crops of articles in consumer and women’s magazines on the way to eat caviar.

India

Monitor lizard and Gangetic dolphin: Human greed and superstitions driving them closer to extinction

Use your power of protest — write to the media, write to the concerned officials and get others to do the same. Otherwise we will lose these animals just as we lost the cheetah to extinction before