Written by Kriti-S
The heat of Delhi could not bring down the spirits of our passionate activists who locked themselves in metal cages to protest the imprisonment of animals at AIIMS. AIIMS is supposed to be a premier medical training institution, but it's showing how it is number one in cruelty to animals.
Laboratories in India are generally required to rehabilitate animals after three years of use, yet many of the monkeys at AIIMS have been languishing in cramped, rusty cages for up to a decade, and one monkey has been there for nearly 20 years.
After watching the undercover footage of AIIMS' Central Animal Facility, celebrities like Pamela Anderson and Celina Jaitly have also called on the institution to at least let the monkeys who have been jailed there the longest go to a real rehabilitation centre where they can climb trees and feel the grass under their feet and the warmth of the sun on their backs for the first time.
Now, it's your turn to help us free these animals. Take action here
Femina women's magazine knows inspiring women when it sees them – that's why the April issue features a lengthy interview with Ingrid E. Newkirk, the founder and president of PETA.
Ingrid, who was born in the UK but grew up in India, tells readers how easy it is to help animals just by choosing tasty vegan foods, adopting needy street dogs and supporting Animal Rahat, a PETA-supported programme to help and rescue neglected and abused working animals.
Ingrid's mother, who volunteered for Mother Teresa and spent her time helping orphans, unwed mothers, people with leprosy and neglected animals, taught Ingrid to have empathy for all beings. "It doesn't matter who suffers", she said, "but how."
Now, Ingrid is teaching people around the world to be compassionate to all beings. She's such an inspiration that when Femina hit the stands, we were ready for an influx of new members and lots of calls from people who wanted to do more to help animals. We haven't been disappointed!
Jallikattu is a gruesome "sport" that is organised in certain districts of Tamil Nadu.
During this event, local residents chase and taunt frightened bulls in an attempt to grab prizes tied to their horns. The bulls are hit and prodded with sticks and other objects, pushed, kicked, hit and wrestled to the ground.
PETA will do whatever it takes to get this horrific event banned. We have filed a petition with the Supreme Court against the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act No 27 of 2009, a state law that permits Jallikattu, pointing out that this cruel event both violates the spirit of the national Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and causes numerous human injuries and deaths every year to human participants and spectators. PETA representatives discussed the issue recently at a news conference in Chennai.
Want to help us spare bulls from this cruelty? Please write a letter today to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu calling for a Jallikattu ban.
Since Earth Day is around the corner, PETA decided to use the opportunity to try to enlighten Mumbaikars about the environmental havoc that meat production causes. We wrote a letter to the municipal commissioner of Mumbai requesting that he allow us to place ads on the sides of Mumbai's garbage trucks reading, "Meat Trashes the Planet", accompanied by an image of a "meaty" Earth.
Our letter explains why going vegan is the best thing that we can do for the environment. But don't just take it from us – the UN has determined that raising animals for food is a leading cause of the world's most pressing environmental problems, including land degradation, water shortages and the loss of biodiversity.
A pro-vegan message on garbage trucks could help make city residents aware that the best way to protect their health, animals and the planet from environmental disaster is to stop eating meat.
This is a mock-up of what the ad would look like if the municipal commissioner agrees. Do you think the municipal commissioner should agree to our idea?
The caged and tortured animals at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) – some of whom have been locked inside the facility for years – have a new ally: Celina Jaitly. The sultry actor is the latest star to call on AIIMS to retire the animals at its laboratory and send them to a sanctuary.
More than 40 media outlets were given behind-the-scenes access to a photo shoot during which Celina sat for hours in a cramped cage for a brand-new ad campaign for PETA India. She also described to journalists the suffering endured by animals at AIIMS.
"Through my involvement in this campaign, I hope to encourage authorities to consider the plight of monkeys at AIIMS who have never been given the chance to feel the sun on their backs, grass under their feet or to breathe fresh air", says Celina.
Well done, Celina! Come on, everyone: Let's get the animals out of AIIMS' prison by signing this petition.
And stay tuned for Celina's ad, which was shot by ace photographer Vickky Idnaani and features an outfit created by top designer Joe Mansoori.
Written by PETA
Our sexy ladies made the already high temperatures soar when they called on the ICC to punt leather balls and replace them with synthetic ones. Wearing short skirts and flirty tops resembling the uniforms of each nation which has played in the ICC Cricket World Cup, our ladies held a demonstration right outside Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai asking the ICC to give cows a break and choose fake!
By switching to synthetic balls, the ICC would spare countless cows in India from cruelty such as being marched for days to slaughter without food or water and being skinned and dismembered, often while still conscious. Synthetic options are kind to animals unlike their leather counterparts, and with the technology available today, they can be made to play just as well on the field.
We're hopeful that the ICC will make the switch. After all, cricket is a "gentleman's game" – and it should be gentle on animals too.
Let's all give leather the boot today!
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