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Poor Ninja was confined to a small, filthy container until a compassionate person reported his plight to PETA India. Right away, our staffers went to the home, informed Ninja's guardian about the cruelty involved in keeping wild animals in captivity and convinced him to turn the turtle over to them for rehabilitation. Today, Ninja is living in a spacious pond with other turtles at a rescue centre.
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When Kareena Kapoor found out that she was expected to eat scrambled eggs during a scene in her upcoming movie Short Term Shaadi, she screamed, "Cut!"
Kareena, the winner of PETA India's 2008 Sexiest Vegetarian contest, told director Shakun Batra that she wouldn't eat eggs and suggested that they use eggless pancakes in the breakfast scene. Said Kareena, "Even if the scene required it, I won't have such food. I have laid down that rule and explain my stance when I'm doing any film".
Why go egg-free? Chickens are egregiously abused on egg farms. They are crammed into wire cages that are so small that the birds can't even spread a single wing. The ends of their beaks are cut off with a hot blade, causing them chronic and acute pain. At the end of their miserable lives, they are packed onto lorries and transported to the abattoir, where their throats are cut in full view of one another.
Besides her acting, Kareena deserves accolades for speaking out against such cruelty.
Thank you for thinking about chickens, Kareena!
PETA Asia-Pacific senior campaigner Ashley Fruno and Isabelle Gallaon-Aoki from Animal Friends Niigata have been working in Japan, seeking out animals in trouble or simply in need of food.
While Ashley, Isabelle, and the rest of the team were visiting evacuation centers on Friday to hand out dog and cat food because of the severe shortage and to ask for any leads on animals who may have been abandoned, they heard a very touching story about an Akita dog named Shane.
When Shane's guardian heard the tsunami warning, he had rushed to warn his neighbors after letting Shane out into the yard. Then, he raced back toward his house to get his dog, but the tsunami was approaching as fast as a jet plane and he was forced to flee to the local school on higher ground. He gave up hope of ever seeing Shane alive again.
Six hours later, someone staying in the center said they saw a dog outside. The man rushed outside to look, and it was Shane! He had never been to the school before, but somehow his instincts led him there.
Shane had swum through the water to get back to his guardian. He must have clung to floating debris, as he had cut both his elbows on something.
The team left Shane's guardian with instructions on how to clean the dog's wounds and some ointment to ward off infection. They were also able to provide fuel to a local veterinarian, who will return to check on Shane and provide his guardian with antibiotics to ensure that his wounds heal.
Please consider helping animals like Shane by making a donation to the PETA U.S. Animal Emergency Fund, which provides grants to organizations that do rescue work, including PETA Asia-Pacific.
Ashley, Isabelle, and the rest of the team arrived back in Sendai city―where they had been earlier in the week― late last night after receiving a call from a local veterinarian who had some leads on animals needing help. We'll tell you about that and about a lucky cat rescued by a soldier.
They spent seven hours last night searching the affected areas, checking abandoned houses and doghouses, as well as visiting two local pet stores. While it's clear that most animals did not survive the force of the tsunami, the team was at least able to leave food for a feral cat who was hiding in the rubble but in good physical condition and unwilling to be caught.
This morning, the team also visited the Sendai city shelter to offer assistance. The shelter has taken in some animals since the earthquake as well as receiving many reports of missing animals, but it is not yet full and will continue accepting lost and abandoned animals.
Shelter officials gave the team a tour of their really impressive facility and an update on animal rescues in the area, including the story of a cat found by a soldier when he was recovering bodies from the area yesterday. The cat was terrified and hiding inside his bed, so the soldier transported him to the shelter, bed and all. He will be put up for adoption if his guardians don't show up to claim him.
PETA Asia and Animal Friends Niigata have arranged to provide more supplies and space when the shelter needs more. The local veterinarian whom they had contact with will serve as the "mobile vet" for Sendai. Isabelle will take him a supply of food, and the World Veterinary Association representative who was also on the trip will give him supplies, including medication. He is working on obtaining a list of local evacuation centers and will visit all of them, distributing food and administering vet care to those who need it.
We'll continue to bring you more information as we get it. In the meantime, please consider making a donation to the PETA U.S. Animal Emergency Fund, which provides grants to organizations that do rescue work, including PETA Asia-Pacific.
Senior PETA Asia campaigner Ashley Fruno has been in Japan with Isabella Gallaon-Aoki of Animal Friends Niigata since taking the first flight to Tokyo after the airport opened Saturday night. PETA Asia is the first international animal rights group on the ground in affected areas.
While it is apparent that most animals were swept away with humans in the most affected areas, Ashley and Isabella are ready to provide food, water, and care to animals abandoned when their guardians fled to evacuation centers.
They've provided food to animals whose guardians are having a hard time finding food because there are lines hundreds of people long to get into stores, and they've encountered citizens who have stayed in their shaky homes for days because many evacuation centers were not allowing companion animals inside.
"The damage left for survivors to deal with is absolutely horrific," Ashley relayed. "These dogs and cats need rescue for the sake of the anguished people who were forced to choose between seeking refuge in evacuation centers and taking their beloved animal companions with them."
Despite long waits at gas lines, Ashley and Isabella continue to visit the worst-affected areas in search of animals who need help, and her team remains in touch with the volunteer relief center, city office, and prefecture office, which plans to set up a temporary shelter for animals in the north of the city. She is also talking to reporters and asking them to call her with information about animals in need.
You can help fund Ashley's work and other rescue work by donating to PETA U.S.' Animal Emergency Fund, which provides grants toorganizations that do rescue work, including PETA Asia.
Just in time for St Patrick's Day, Mumbaikars got to see one of the greenest and perhaps most unusual sights: PETA activists covered in green body-paint held signs that read, "Eat Green! Go Vegan!" outside the iconic VT station.
Why green? "Eating green" means eating healthy, humane and eco-friendly plant-based foods. Our chief functionary, Poorva Joshipura, says, "Even the 'luck of the Irish' can't save the Earth from the devastating effects of people's meat and milk habits".
Whether it's climate change, the overuse of land resources, massive water and air pollution or soil erosion, meat production is wreaking havoc on the Earth. In fact, a UN report says a global move towards a vegan diet is essential in order to save the world from hunger and the worst effects of climate change.
So what are you waiting for? Take the pledge to go vegan this St Patrick Day and help save our beloved mother Earth.
When PETA received word from distressed students at Veterinary College–Bangalore that four calves had been killed and embalmed for anatomy lessons and that more may still be killed, we sprang into action.
Dr Manilal Valliyate, the head of PETA India Veterinary Affairs, fired off a letter to the Vice Chancellor of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (of which Veterinary College–Bangalore is a part) urging the university to switch to humane, non-animal training methods.
During calf-embalming exercises – which are common in schools throughout India – the animals are often killed by having their jugular vein and carotid artery cut. The calves slowly and painfully bleed to death. Chemicals are then injected into the bodies to preserve them.
Most people who pursue a veterinary career do so because they want to care for and help animals. So why are some schools still forcing students to participate in lessons that involve the killing of animals when non-animal teaching methods are readily available?
Please join Dr Valliyate and the caring students at Veterinary College–Bangalore by speaking out against animal dissection. If you do not want to dissect and need PETA's help in encouraging your institution to implement modern methods, please contact us at Info@petaindia.org.
Written by Kriti-S
Our chief functionary, Poorva Joshipura, added another faux feather to her cap in advance of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. For her work for animals, she was honoured with a Women Achievers Award, which was presented by the Young Environmentalists Programme Trust. Poorva joins 24 other outstanding women from different fields across India in receiving an award this year. Each of the women was recognised for making a positive difference in their communities.
You would not have to look at Poorva's record of accomplishments for long to understand why the Young Environmentalists Programme Trust singled her out. After all, we are talking about a woman who has conducted undercover investigations in nightmarish places where animals are exploited and killed for food and leather, interrupted a fashion show in New York to protest the use of animal fur and successfully stopped a US-based laboratory animal supplier from expanding its business to Europe. These are just a few of her achievements, which are too numerous to list here. Furthermore, Poorva not only volunteers as the head of PETA India but also serves as the vice president of international operations for the PETA Foundation, our affiliate in the UK.
Inspired? Every single one of us can make animals' lives brighter – learn how you, too, can become a superstar for animals here.
Every year, thousands of people from all over the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka travel to the village of Chinchali to attend the annual fair celebrating the goddess Mayakka Devi. Entire families pile into carts pulled by bullocks, horses, and donkeys for what can be a two-day trip across hundreds of miles. The animals often suffer from dehydration, wounds, and lameness, and some even collapse from the strain.
Animal Rahat, a working-animal relief program supported by PETA, has provided aid and emergency veterinary care to the animals in years past, but this year, under the direction of Dr. Manilal Valliyate, it went a step further and chartered buses to transport villagers to the fair in order to give the hardworking animals a long-overdue rest.
To help animals along the route to the fair, Animal Rahat deployed four relief teams, including a full-time veterinary team at the busiest rest station, a veterinary team at the fair itself, an on-call emergency. To help animals along the route to the fair, Animal Rahat deployed four relief teams, including a full-time veterinary team at the busiest rest station, a veterinary team at the fair itself, an on-call emergency veterinarian for the entire route, and an education team that discussed proper animal care with animal guardians.
Animal Rahat's veterinarians estimate that they treated hundreds of bullocks and horses for dehydration and injuries—but by providing bus transport, hundreds more animals were spared from having to make the grueling trip at all.
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