Webinar on Environmental law and Animal Protection
DY Patil Deemed to be University, School of Law took immense pleasure and pride in welcoming Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Chairperson PFA, animal rights activist, and environmentalist, for an interactive webinar session. The webinar was conducted on the zoom platform on 21st august and the event was also graced by Hon’ble Chancellor Dr. Vijay Patil and his daughter Miss. Rajlakshmi Patil, founder of D-Cal and a young environmentalist. The event was gorgeously anchored by Adv. Abhilasha Amar Mane.
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi is an Indian politician, animal rights activist, and environmentalist. She is a member of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament. She is the widow of Indian politician Sanjay Gandhi. She has authored a number of books in the areas of etymology, law, and animal welfare.
She spoke about the importance of environmental protection by stating numerous examples of how simple and subtle Animalia and plants make a huge difference to the balance in the eco-system. She stressed the importance of street dogs and how once when a police officer in Gujarat killed them all in a region, the population of rats exponentially increased and lead to cases of plague coming up in the region. She even shared information about the ecological balance that snakes maintain in the environment and help the farmers get naturally rid of the pests that destroy the crops in the crop field.
Even Rajlaksmi had a conversation with Smt. Gandhi on the decreasing number of mangroves, how it is degrading the marine life and leading to the increasing number of floods along the coastlines. Smt. Gandhi also guided the youth to lead a life full of compassion for the environment and nature and advised Rajlakshmi to contribute to the volunteers who are feeding the street dogs during the pandemic. She also advised Dr. Vijay Patil to support budding environmentalist, and even introduce a stream for environmental studies.
The event was thus concluded with Adv. Abhilasha thanking Smt. Maneka for gracing the university with her presence.