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About Us

AV STRAW works in Auroville  and in its bio-region.
This area is located along the Coromandel Coast and includes coastal villages as well as rural villages.
AV STRAW offers sterilization and castration in Auroville and surrounding villages to control the high population of unwanted and abandoned puppies. AV STRAW makes it free of costs for those who are unable to bear the expenses. Most of these animals are dogs; male and female alike, but sometimes people also bring in cats.
We are also treating sick and injured dogs and cats.
If a community’s heart is opens to animals, they’ll also be nicer to each other. It’s the nature of the heart. If people are kinder to animals, they’ll be a little kinder to each other. This is the power of demonstrative love.

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Let us not eat meat in Auroville

(Martin Gluckman)
Dear Auroville family & friends, if you visit India you will notice with much delight that there is not a single trace of meat to be found. All sages of India have taught of non-killing as they could see that the very same soul within the animal is as sentient as they and a child of the same one Lord as they. India boasts the largest number of vegetarians per capita in the world Banaras Hindu University Ayurveda department did peer reviewed research which showed that whole grains and legumes provide a full protein and this combination has been the foundation of Indian cuisine for thousands of years. Why should we exist by hurting, harming or killing another sentient being? What right do we have? Whether it’s neatly packaged in a supermarket or sold on the street, no human has the right to kill or endorse the killing of any other animal. That animal is a soul in a body and it has it’s own evolutionary cycle, it should be loved, protected and nurtured by us, just as we would do the same to our own children.

So when first arriving in this city of dawn we found the ultimate paradox is that meat is served still and consumed in public places that are all part of this “city of the future”. If we continue the cycles of violence in our daily regimen how can we expect our city to be one of peace and free of conflict and disparity?

So I urge all living here to rethink this very point. Do we want to live in a place where meat is served?
Let us build a city with non-killing as its foundation, with love of all creatures as its mortar and with respect for all life as its walls.
“Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude toward those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect, human kind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.” – Sri Aurobindo –

“Food affects the mind. For the practice of any kind of yoga, vegetarianism is absolutely necessary since it makes the mind more sattvic [pure and harmonious].” – Ramana Maharishi –