Pritish Nandy Communications and Humane Society International, the global partner of The Humane Society of the United States, will host 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 will be sharing 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 will be a day for global icons to take stage and share 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 says, “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.”
PNC Chairman Pritish Nandy says, “Eventually, WCD will be a global forum for inspiring and supporting change across social, political and environmental platforms to make the value of compassion actionable in our times. Unless we believe in ahimsa, we can’t make the world a better place for future generations.”
Celebrated and much-awarded actor of the Indian film industry and Hollywood, Anil Kapoor says, “Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’ Compassion goes beyond shaking our heads and sighing, ‘oh that’s too bad’. Compassion means, understanding the suffering of others, and wanting to do something about it. We must first want to change the circumstances of others and then we must try our best to change these circumstances.”
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS says, “In India, Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States work to protect street dogs and to root out dog fighting, to halt animal testing for cosmetics, improve the welfare of farm animals, and provide humane solutions to conflicts between humans and wildlife. I’m honored and humbled to have The Dalai Lama take part in World Compassion Day to celebrate compassion, nonviolence and global responsibility for animals.”
Andrew Rowan, President and CEO of HSI says, “Over the centuries, leading thinkers have noted that kindness to animals and concern for humans are different sides of the same coin. More recently, science has shown that people who abuse animals are also often found to be abusive towards their fellow humans. Humane Society International is excited and proud to be part of an initiative that celebrates the virtues of ahimsa and compassion for both animals and humans. The more you give, the more you have to give.”
Pritish Nandy, Anil Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat, Wayne Pacelle and Andrew Rowan will participate in World Compassion Day on 28 November along with His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama who will be the keynote speaker.
About Humane Society International
Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organisations — backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — On the web at hsi.org.
About The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is America’s largest animal protection organization. For more than a half-century The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. We are supported by more than 11 million Americans. The HSUS – Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty. On the Web at humanesociety.org.
About Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC)
Pritish Nandy Communications is one of India’s leading media and entertainment studios. Established by Pritish Nandy, writer and eminent media personality in 1993, PNC has made award-winning television content and movies. It is the brand behind several cult films like Kaante, Jhankaar Beats, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi , Chameli, Shabd, Pyaar ke Side Effects and many more.
On the web at www.pritishnandycom.com