Advancing animal law and policy through intersectional research

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About Us

Scope of Work

ALPN, India's first think-tank focusing on research related to farmed animals, aims to:

Conduct research

Undertake interdisciplinary research into relatively unexplored and novel areas specific to the Indian context

Inform legal and policy change

Assist public institutions and policy makers in drafting laws and policies and provide legal opinions on important issues

Collaborate for impact

Engage with stakeholders to shape legal discourse and promote policy-oriented dialogues and build a network for effective communication between them


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Founder and Director,
ALPN Research Foundation

I believe that animal welfare is a social justice issue in and of itself.

I also believe that it is intricately linked with other social justice issues like human rights, labour rights, and environmental justice.

A world built on the exploitation of the most vulnerable, whether humans or animals, could never be just.

Understanding these interconnections can help pave the way for greater collaboration between civil society organisations to achieve common goals.

University of Antwerp
Animal Law, Rights and Representation Summer School
Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
Research Fellow
Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School
Research Collaborator
Panjab University, Chandigarh
LL.M. with a dissertation exploring the confluence of animal rights and religion in India from a legal perspective
Legal Writer
National Law University, Delhi
B.A, LL.B. (Hons.)

Advisory Board

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Arghya Sengupta

Founder, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy

Arghya Sengupta is the Founder and Research Director of the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi. He was educated at the National Law School of India University Bengaluru and the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and Lecturer in Law. He is the author of three acclaimed books - Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary, Hamīñ Ast? A Biography of Article 370 (co-authored), and The Colonial Constitution. He has written over 20 articles and essays in leading peer-reviewed journals and collections, including in the Law Quarterly Review, Public Law and the Oxford Companion to Politics in India. He is a columnist at The Times of India and The Telegraph.

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Gauri Maulekhi

Trustee, People For Animals

Gauri Maulekhi is a leading animal welfare advocate in India with over two decades of experience working with government agencies. She serves as a resource person and trainer, sensitizing law enforcement agencies to animal protection. Through her work, Gauri has catalyzed systemic change via judicial intervention and public policy led-advocacy with central & state governments. She serves as the Trustee of India’s largest animal welfare organization, People For Animals, and is the recipient of India’s highest civilian award for women: the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar, bestowed by the President of India in 2018. Ms. Maulekhi anchors the Ahimsa Fellowship, the only animal welfare advocacy fellowship in India focused on farm animal welfare.

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Jayasimha Nuggehalli

Co-founder & COO, Global Food Partners
Co-founder, India Animal Fund

Jayasimha Nuggehalli, a law professional and animal welfare advocate. Former member of the Animal Welfare Board of India. He served as a Fellow at the Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School, where he developed a framework for certificate trading in cage-free eggs. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad, India, since July 2018, sharing his expertise in animal law. His commitment to using his legal expertise to promote animal welfare and rights, particularly in the food retail sector, has significantly impacted the industry, contributing to the development of more ethical and sustainable practices.

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India Animal Fund

India Animal Fund (IAF) is a backbone organisation that matches funders with credible & capable implementation partners and helps deliver impact at scale for the most pressing animal welfare issues.


We are grateful for the support and guidance from various individuals and organisations

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