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PETA India organised a demonstration outside Alipore zoo in Kolkata recently following the theft of eight rare monkeys from the Alipore Zoo last Saturday. A "monkey" clad in a police uniform stood outside the zoo's gates to draw attention to the dangers that captive animals face in zoos and to call on authorities to shut the facility down for good.
Activists were handing out leaflets when a capless official suddenly grabbed activist Charanjeet Karar for demonstrating outside the zoo wearing a police’s uniform.
But the officer, Assistant Commissioner Anil Kar, wasn't about to interrupt a smoke break to make an arrest. Instead, he held his coffin nail (cigarette) in one hand, and in the other he held Chiranjeet, who was still encouraging people to boycott zoos because they incarcerate and exploit animals,not to mention that Indian zoos are extremely substandard and that animals are frequently denied basic care.
The multi-tasking officer didn't realize that smoking on duty is a no-no (Yes, Rule 13 of the Police Regulation of Calcutta states that police officers in uniform are forbidden to smoke on the streets), as is abandoning various parts of his uniform.To sign up to be part of exciting demonstrations in your area, sign up for the petaDishoom Street Team today!
Having travelled to Puerto Rico in 2002 to participate in the International Conference on Peace and Development, leading Indian lawmaker Smt Maneka Gandhi, MP, has now fired off a letter to Governor Luis Fortuño of Puerto Rico urging him to oppose the building of the massive Bioculture monkey-breeding facility in Guayama, Puerto Rico, which will rip baby monkeys from their mothers and ship them to laboratories for traumatic experiments.
Gandhi wrote: "Bioculture will force thousands of intelligent monkeys to suffer severe mental and social deprivation in captivity, endure cramped and filthy conditions during transport that spans thousands of miles, and ingest toxic chemicals in foreign pharmaceutical laboratories—many of which have been given government fines for abusing monkeys and violating animal protection laws".
Gandhi also notes that India has a longstanding prohibition on the export of monkeys for all purposes, including animal experimentation. Click here to learn more .
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