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  • Pam to AIIMS: Free the Animals!

    Written by Kriti-S

     

    Pamela Anderson stole our hearts when she danced to "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" on Bigg Boss Season 4. But now she's asking the director of AIIMS to have a heart for the animals imprisoned at its Central Animal Facility.

    After watching footage from our undercover investigation showing monkeys at AIIMS languishing in barren, rusty cages; rats and monkeys exhibiting signs of severe stress; and sick and injured animals who were denied veterinary care, Pamela fired off a letter to AIIMS' director urging him to retire the aging monkeys to a sanctuary and switch to modern, humane non-animal research and training methods.

    "It broke my heart to see the suffering that is documented in the enclosed video", writes Anderson. "But the animals suffering behind closed doors at AIIMS must endure this nightmare every day. I was shocked to see that rabbits are forced to live in wire-floored cages; the sharp wire digs into their sensitive footpads and can cause their feet to become stuck."

    Please join Pam in taking action for animals suffering at AIIMS. They are counting on you!

  • Shoppers come face-to-face with their footwear

    Written by Kriti-S

    The event took place at a busy Chennai shopping centre during the International Leather Goods Fair, which was being held nearby. Indian media couldn't get enough of the display of bloody "cow heads" on meat hooks, and major news outlets turned out to cover the protest. PETA staffers and volunteers got several opportunities to tell reporters and shoppers about how cows, buffaloes and other animals suffer for a pair of shoes.  In India, animals used for leather have their throats cut in full view of other animals, and many are dismembered and skinned while they are still conscious. PETA asked shoppers to choose synthetic leather and other cruelty-free options available at their local mall.

    Maybe next time, we can include some cow costumes with fake human skin wrapped around their hooves. Hmm, now there's an idea for a demonstration.

  • Will You Be #2287's Valentine?

    Written by PETA

    "2287" is not a mere number. It is the "name" given to a monkey who has been confined to a cramped, barren, rusty cage at All India Institute of Medical Sciences' (AIIMS) Central Animal Facility for nearly two decades. Monkeys at AIIMS are not even granted the respect of being given a name – numbers are tattooed on their chests instead.

    In this Dilwalon ki Dilli, no one wants to be alone on Valentine's Day – and #2287 is no exception. Lonely and miserable, she has been deprived of the ability to engage in activities that are natural and important to her, such as socialising, climbing trees and foraging for food.

    This Valentine's Day, ask the director of AIIMS to have a heart for #2287 and retire her and other monkeys imprisoned at AIIMS to a sanctuary where they can spend the rest of their days (and every Valentine's Day to come) in a natural setting with other monkeys.

  • Victory! Lipton Ends Cruel Animal Tests

    Written by Kriti-S

    We are thrilled to announce that after more than 40,000 supporters of PETA and its affiliates around the world sent e-mails to the world's largest tea maker, Unilever (and its Indian subsidiary Hindustan Unilever Ltd), urging the company to stop testing tea on animals, Unilever agreed to halt all such tests. Unilever sells Lipton and Brooke Bond brand teas through Hindustan Unilever in India. In a message just posted on its website, the company states, "Unilever is committing to no animal testing for our tea and tea-based beverages, with immediate effect".

    Thanks to everyone who responded to our online action alert, no more piglets will be infected with E. coli toxin and have their intestines cut apart while they are still alive, no more rats will have holes cut into their intestines and be fed tea ingredients through a tube in their throats, mice won't be suffocated or have their necks broken, rabbits' heads won't be cut off and other cruel tests that involved tormenting and killing animals simply to study the health effects of tea products and ingredients will no longer take place.

     

    Not one of the experiments that the company conducted was legally required for beverage makers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not required to prove a health claim about a product.

    With this victory, the suffering of animals for Lipton and Brooke Bond teas ends. Lipton joins many other tea and beverage companies – including Indian tea giant Tata, the world's number one green-tea maker, ITO EN, and Typhoo (which is owned by Apeejay Surrendra Group) – in being cruelty-free.

    Thanks to everyone who responded to our online action alert, no more piglets will be infected with E. coli toxin and have their intestines cut apart while they are still alive, no more rats will have holes cut into their intestines and be fed tea ingredients through a tube in their throats, mice won't be suffocated or have their necks broken, rabbits' heads won't be cut off and other cruel tests that involved tormenting and killing animals simply to study the health effects of tea products and ingredients will no longer take place.

     

    Not one of the experiments that the company conducted was legally required for beverage makers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not required to prove a health claim about a product.

    With this victory, the suffering of animals for Lipton and Brooke Bond teas ends. Lipton joins many other tea and beverage companies – including the world's number one green-tea maker, ITO EN, and Typhoo (which is owned by Apeejay Surrendra Group) – in being cruelty-free.

  • Chained Elephant Free at Last

    Written by Kriti-S

    After nearly a decade of being chained by all four legs, a 23-year-old elephant named Mariappan was unshackled and removed from a dark shed at the Arulmigu Mariamman Temple at Samayapuram and transferred to a protected compound. Elephants need to walk many kilometers a day, but Mariappan had not been able to take a step forward or back since 2002. Mariappan is now able to walk, explore, feel the sun, and breathe fresh air.

    This campaign was spearheaded by, Radha Swami, a determined local activist backed by PETA, and is proof that one can make a difference.Never ignore an animal in trouble or think that someone else will take action. Animals need your voice and we must be there to help.

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