John Hughes, 57, has a 30 year background as an independent animal welfare advocate. He has a strong police background and is a polite and law abiding campaigner for Animals Rights. He lives in Brighton. He has been running campaigns for highlighting the horror of the ‘dog meat trade’ in Korea, Thailand, and his own base in the Philippines where he runs the legendary Dogsmountain sanctuary for dogs that houses dogs saved from the meat trade.
He’s well aware of what is happening in Kerala since other South East Asian countries use the very same methods in many other popular beach resorts and towns where the tourist destination and streets and beaches are ” cleansed” of any stray animals using very cruel methods, in order that everything looks ‘neat and tidy’ for when the tourists arrive. Needless to say John is a strong advocate of ‘humane’ capture, spay ~ neuter ~ release.
John’s methods have always involved trying and shame Local Government/ Authorities into taking appropriate action to end Animal Cruelty using whatever means at their disposal. He is using that and his strong police background to plan out a campaign in London to get Indian Authorities to ‘Clean up without Cruelty’ in Kerala. John is using The Voice of Stray Dogs‘ campaign site specific to highlight the cruelty against dogs in Kerala at http://keralatourism.strays.in/. This campaign site mimics the Kerala Governments official tourism website but communicates about what the tourists don’t see. This can be seen on John’s campaign posters.
John started his campaign on 12 Oct 2012 in London at the Indian Visa office in Victoria, and at ‘India House’ – The High Commission of India’ on the Strand. Within an hour the staff at the Indian Visa office came and politely asked him to leave “…as it gives people a bad impression…”. John politely declined and informed them of his rights as a British Citizen and his right to demonstrate within the laws of the land and the right to demonstrate whatever cause, provided it is not indecent, likely to cause a breach of peace or obstruct the public highway (Indian laws derived from British Laws are similar).
John will continue to run this campaign in the weeks to come in different locations in London. John Hughes is The Voice of Stray Dogs and what the dogs in Kerala want on their side.