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Jaya Ahsan awarded for animal rights activism

The popular actor is one of the ten animal rights activists honoured by the PAW Foundation this year 

Update : 06 Oct 2021, 06:33 PM

The People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Foundation awarded popular actor Jaya Ahsan the “Pranobik Bondhu” title, in recognition of her enduring love for animals on World Animal Day, Monday, October 3. 

A total of ten people were given the title, including rescue worker Md Abu Bakar Siddik, Sudha Rani, Gracy Puspita Sarkar, veterinarian Dr Fatiha Emnoor Eima, journalist Probir Kumar Sarker, veterinary teacher Prof Nitish Chandra Debnath, public health expert Dr Be-Nazir Ahmed, forest official Mollah Rezaul Karim, DNCC Mayor Md Atiqul Islam and actor Jaya Ahsan.

Due to the Covid-19 situation and limited time, PAW Foundation will hold the prize-giving ceremony in November.

“Many people working for the betterment of animals shy away from the limelight. We would like to show our appreciation to them for their continued involvement in and contribution to the animal welfare movement,” PAW Foundation said.

Ever since the lockdown began, the "Guerrilla" actor kept herself busy by feeding stray dogs, posting cute pictures of her pets and championing a message of love and grace. 

Her photos of feeding stray dogs have been going viral ever since. According to reports, the actor had been taking care of 25-30 street dogs in Dilu Road, Eskaton Garden and Moghbazar area of Dhaka city.

Although Jaya seemed reluctant to promote her animal welfare work in the past, the controversial move by the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to relocate stray dogs, regarded by many as 'inhuman,' forced her hands.

The actor has come out and urged everyone to nurture more empathy towards stray dogs. In the midst of the pandemic, she has joined the growing movement of animal rights activists and taken to the street. 

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