For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Sangli, Maharashtra – You may not be able to stop smiling after you watch this new video released today showing cows and bulls—former “working animals” who are now at the Animal Rahat (“rahat” means “relief”) sanctuary in India—ambling over to welcome a flutist who’s playing a special little concert just for them. The animals gather around to listen to the lilting melody—and one rescued steer even nuzzles the musician’s head!
Animal Rahat’s sanctuary houses retired and rescued animals, including bullocks, donkeys, and others who were once forced to pull heavy loads day in and day out, even when they were sick, tired, or injured. Many such “beasts of burden” in India are worked to death, and most end up being killed and skinned for leather.
“Just like humans, all other animals have unique personalities and many are moved by music,” says Animal Rahat Chief Operating Officer Dr. Naresh Chandra Upreti. “No animal should be worked into the ground, and Animal Rahat is committed to providing our rescued residents with rich experiences after their years of suffering.”
Founded in 2003, Animal Rahat offers services throughout three districts in Maharashtra, one of the largest states in India. The organization is run by a dedicated staff that includes veterinarians, veterinary assistants, animal caretakers, and a community educator. All the veterinarians there are on call for emergencies and advice around the clock, every day of the year.
More information about Animal Rahat’s work is available here.