The award was presented by Parshottam Rupala (Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt. of India), Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balya (Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairying), Dr O. P. Chaudhary (Joint Secretary (DAHD, MoFAH&D, GoI), Chairman, AWBI), Dr Sujit Kumar Dutta (IFS and Board Secretary).
Hitesh Yadav is a young volunteer of Amma Care Foundation (ACF) and Plant & Animals Welfare Society – Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai). He started caring for voiceless creatures at the age of 3. He has rescued many birds and reptiles and has also been part of animal release and relocation work.
He also has been actively involved in awareness programmes and vaccination camps, organized by ACF and PAWS – Mumbai team. He has extended his wholehearted support in collecting information about wildlife crime on social sites.
Hitesh is a proud recipient of many awards for his outstanding contributions to the field of animal welfare. To name a few, he has received ‘Sparrow Friend Award 2011’ from the Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan, for all his efforts in conservation since a very young age. Outstanding Student Award 2011 for his exemplary achievement in the field of Social Work. In 2014, he received “Karmaveer Chakra” from Dr. David Dror and Sukhbir Singh in New Delhi.
Hitesh also has got an entry into World Records India as the Youngest Animal Activist in 2012, and his name was registered in Miracles World Records as the Youngest Animal Saver in 2012 and in Everest World Records as the World’s Youngest Sparrow Saver in 2012.
“Since my childhood, I have been observing our NGO’s founders Sunish Subramanian and Nisha Kunju, who have provided thorough guidance and support in my journey of animal welfare, by bestowing upon me the opportunity to get associated with them,” said Hitesh.
He further added that “his ambition is to set up a small centre for animals, for which everyone’s support is required to fulfil his dream of seeing every animal roam freely without fear or pain.
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