Maneka was made Minister for Women and Child Development in the Indian government in 2014. She founded People For Animals, which runs 36 free veterinary hospitals. She is a prolific author, and her "animal" radio and TV shows are famous. Previously when she led a different Ministry, she took action on wildlife, animal testing and zoos and set up the Animal Welfare Board of India. She has received many awards for her work for animals, the environment and peace.