Each year, the Young Indian Vegetarians present the Mahaveer Award to a person or group who has done something outstanding for animals. On 23 March 2014, they presented the Mahaveer Award to SPEAK for ten long years of campaigning for animals abused at Oxford University and to stop the cruel practice of vivisection. Nitin Mehta said to them, ‘Generations to come will remember your compassion to end cruelty inflicted on thousands of animals’.
He also said, ‘A day will soon come when this evil practice will end and, at that time, it is the compassion and commitment of SPEAK supporters that will be remembered with pride.’
‘Unless we live with non-violence and reverence for all living beings in our heart, all our humaneness and acts of goodness, all our vows, virtues and knowledge, all our practices to give up greed and acquisitiveness are meaningless and useless’