Celebrating Animal Activism and Inspirational Women
There are an estimated 3 million street dogs in Sri Lanka, and many starve to death or succumb to disease or injury, with 60% of puppies dying before the age of one. We were lucky enough to encounter the work of Otara and her charity Embark, which is refusing to ignore the suffering of these animals.
Sharing Animal Activism with Viral Platform, Power of Positivity
Otara Gunewardene, a Sri Lankan entrepreneur and activist, gave up her multi-million dollar business to concentrate on changing the lives of Sri Lanka’s street dogs through her charity Embark.
Her incredible organisation delivers rescue and treatment programmes across the country, whilst also working to change attitudes towards street dogs - pedigree dogs are in popular demand, resulting in street dogs being deemed less worthy as companion animals. Through The Otara Foundation, she also advocates tirelessly for Sri Lanka’s animals who are exploited for food and entertainment.
We spent three days filming Otara and some of Embark’s work during their catch-neuter-vaccinate-release programme in Anuradhapura. Since meeting Otara, she has been invaluable to Moving Animals, providing information and insight on the issues facing Sri Lanka’s animals.
US viral social media platform Power of Positivity shared our video, which received 570k views, resulting in international attention for this Sri Lankan issue and for Otara’s charity, whilst also promoting a message against breeders.
All of our footage, including the clips above, are free-to-use for anyone using them to help animal rights.