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  • Lady Gaga Dressed in Lettuce?

    Written by Kriti-S

    As Lady Gaga gears up to perform at the Formula 1 closing party in Delhi, we have an idea for her next outfit that will make a statement: a dress made of lettuce leaves.

     

    Considering meat's monstrous impact on our health the environment and the plight of animals who are dismembered for food while still conscious, we've asked Mother Monster to show her fans that even just reducing the amount of meat they eat (or wear) can help.

    Will Lady Gaga step into the leaf dress and discover that she was born the herbivore way? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, you can use these free recipes to cook up some meat-free dishes that you'll go gaga for. 

  • PETA's Sexy Formula One Girls Say …

    Written by Kriti-S

    "Rev Your Engines – Go Vegan." Yes, lucky Delhiites were greeted by two stunning PETA members wearing sexy green pit-crew outfits standing next to a race car in the lead-up to the Formula 1 race weekend and Grand Prix.

    The pit princesses' point? That the best thing that racing drivers and enthusiasts can do if they want to get up to speed is jettison meat and dairy products from their diet and go vegan.

    Quick – put the pedal to the medal and the best racing fuel in your tanks by going vegan! Shifting away from unhealthy meat and dairy products helps protect the environment, saves animals' lives and helps keep our bodies running at peak performance. So what are you waiting for?

    P.S. If you were wondering how we managed to get this awesome race car for our demonstration, the credit goes to the students of National School of Information Technology in Dwarka. They designed the car themselves! We would also like to thank ace photographer Mukesh Khugsal for taking photos.

     

  • John Abraham - Exclusive Interview

    Written by PETA

    John Abraham, the big-hearted animal lover and long-time PETA India pal posed for a sizzling print ad alongside the caption "No One Wants to Be Caged: Let Birds Fly Free".

    Check out what Abraham had to say in our exclusive interview:

    Why do you think it is important to speak up against cruelty to animals?

    Animals want to live just as much as you or I do. They have feelings, just like us. They feel happy, sad, jealous and in love. Animals deserve to live a life free of torture. The least we can do is allow them that freedom.

    You have supported PETA in the past. Why do you think it is important to support an animal protection group like ours?

    Animals cannot speak for themselves, so it is up to us to give them a voice and speak for them. Everyone has seen me in a petaDishoom T-shirt and cap, and I use my PETA mug on the sets to help spread awareness of animal protection.

    You have done many campaigns for PETA. Could you share some of your experiences with us?

    Most recently, I crawled into a human-sized cage to depict the sad plight of birds imprisoned in cages. Birds are born to fly great distances. Keeping them jailed is a cruel thing to do and possibly the worst form of punishment anyone can think of for a bird.

    I have also sent a letter to the chief minister of Goa asking him to stop the illegal killing of pigs in backyards. There, pigs are made to suffer the pain of having an iron rod shoved through their bodies for meat.

    Whenever I see an overloaded horse buggy, I stop and get the driver to unload the carts. I also educate the driver about the needs of the horses. In fact, I rescued an emaciated horse some years ago and took him to the SPCA.

    What would your message be to the youth about animal protection?

    Speak up for animals and take action to stop abuse when you see it. If you don't, who will? You are the animals' only hope.

    What do you think of petaDishoom?

    I love it. I invite lots of people to log on and help "dishoom" those who abuse animals.

  • 100-Year-Young Vegetarian Marathon Runner

    Written by Kriti-S

    Oye! Chak ditte phattey!

    PETA supporter Fauja Singh ran into the record books on Sunday when he finished the Toronto Marathon. At 100 years old, he became the oldest person ever to complete such a race. The "Turbaned Torpedo" credits his vegetarian diet, among other factors, with giving him the powerful stamina that propelled him into the Guinness World Records. This may be the best inspiration ever to get us off the couch and into some running shoes and is also living proof of why it's never too late to incorporate healthy, plant-based foods into your diet.

    Even if you don't plan to break any world records, a plant-based diet is a veritable fountain of youth: Vegetarians and vegans live an average of six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters do.

    To follow in Singh's footsteps, take the pledge to go meat-free today and urge others you know – of all ages – to do the same.

  • 'Spiderman' Says 'No' to Mercedes

    Written by Kriti-S

    Guess who sent back a Mercedes because it had leather seats? Sexy vegan Toby Maguire, that's who! The Hollywood star and PETA US Sexiest Vegetarian winner made no bones about not wanting to sit on cow skin.

    While in Australia shooting The Great Gatsby – the film that multiple PETA India Hottest Vegetarian contest winner Amitabh Bachchan will make his Hollywood debut in – Maguire, a longtime PETA US pal, returned the Mercedes-Benz which was given to him for his stay and asked for the upholstery to be replaced with vinyl. The studio complied.

    The vegan version of Nick Carraway (the character Maguire plays in The Great Gatsby) has his fans carried away with his unfaltering advocacy for animals.

    Yay! Thank you, Tobey. Let's help the Spiderman star by pledging to ditch leather  today!

  • Win Vegan Chocolates From Maya

    Written by Kriti-S

    Decorations, gifts and lights! To help make your Diwali extra special and bright, PETA has teamed up with premier chocolate company Maya Chocolates to give you the opportunity to win a pack of 100 per cent vegan chocolates. Diwali is an occasion to welcome prosperity into our lives. While being thankful for our good fortune, we must also ensure that our celebrations mean good things for the animals who share this world with us. So, let's pledge to buy Diwali gifts that are cruelty-free such as Maya's vegan chocolates.

    Maya Chocolates was started four years ago by the chocolate artisan Mayavee Khandelwal, whose chocolates are enjoyed by people around the world. They have a variety of vegan chocolates available upon request.

    To enter the contest, all you need to do is share one vegan Diwali gift idea with us by commenting below. The idea that sounds the most exciting to us will win an awesome gift pack from Maya Chocolates.

    There can be only one contest winner, but anyone who lives in India can order vegan chocolates for family and friends by contacting Maya on info@mayachocolates.com. Don't worry about your location – they deliver across the country.

    The contest ends on 24 October 2011, and one winner will be chosen and informed via e-mail on 25 October 2011. Be sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions,  as you're agreeing to both by commenting.

    Also, while you're here, check out our super cute Diwali e-card. Be sure to send it to everyone you know.

  • Bullock Torture Devices Put on Display

    Written by Kriti-S

    Animal Rahat – an organisation dedicated to helping animals who are forced to work – seized dozens of cruel devices used to whip and painfully restrain bullocks during the Chinchali fair and at sugar cane factories in Maharashtra. Among the shocking and gruesome-looking devices were sticks with rope used for whipping as well as razor-sharp wire and metal rods with protruding nails that are pushed into animals' necks in order to restrain or control them.

    The torture devices were displayed near the office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in Delhi, where PETA India's Director of Veterinary Affairs, Dr Manilal Valliyate, used them to call on the Ministry to pass the Animal Welfare Act, 2011, without delay.

    The current Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, has minimal penalties for cruelty to animals. In the case of a first offence, the fine is 10 to 50 rupees. For second and subsequent offences, the penalty is a fine of 25 to 100 rupees and a maximum jail sentence of three months. However, it is expected that the Animal Welfare Act, 2011, will raise the penalty for cruelty to animals substantially. First offenders would face a fine of between Rs 10,000 and 25,000 or up to two years' imprisonment or both. Subsequent offences would result in even harsher punishments.

    Help bulls and other animals by urging the Ministry of Environment and Forests to pass the Animal Welfare Act, 2011.

  • Thank You, Jagjitji, for Being a Voice for Animals

    Written by Kriti-S

     

    We've grown up listening to and humming along to his soulful ghazals. His magical voice has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world, and now that Jagjit Singh is gone, he will always be remembered for this beautiful voice and for his decision to use it to speak up for those whose cries often go unheard: animals.

    As the world pays tribute to the legendary singer, we take this time to remind you that Singh helped PETA's campaign to stop elephants from being needlessly killed by speeding trains on railway tracks. His efforts to help stop the cruelty to these magnificent giants will live on through PETA's campaign until adequate steps are taken by the government to end their suffering. Singh had fired off a letter to former Railways Minister Kumari Mamata Banerjee calling on her to use her time in the Ministry to limit the speed of trains running through elephant corridors and to use speed-detection guns – successfully demonstrated by PETA – to monitor train speeds.

    "It is difficult to understand why elephants continue to die when there are ways to solve this problem", wrote Singh, who noted that strict speed limits are particularly important in areas where elephants are common. "A speed-detection device, which PETA has procured and demonstrated, offers an effective, simple way to slow down trains. Drivers going at dangerous speeds could be punished, and notifying conductors that such monitoring is taking place will encourage them to slow down."

    In Jagjitji's honour, become a part of the campaign that was close to his heart. Take action to help elephants here.

     

  • Remembering Steve Jobs

    Written by Kriti-S

    The late Steve Jobs may have been known for his signature black turtleneck, but it is for his green diet that he probably will be most fondly remembered by people who care about animals. The Apple cofounder, who died today, was a vegetarian  and a longtime health advocate who reportedly once handed out containers of carrot juice at Halloween.

    We remember Jobs for so many innovative ideas, including Apple's iPhoto facial recognition software, which recognizes the faces of cats in addition to those of humans, reflecting the importance of companion animals in our homes and hearts. PETA US also recently recognized Jobs for what he didn't do: He refused to sell a gruesome app on Apple's app store called iSealClub—which involved, as the name suggests, bashing cartoon seals over the head with clubs.

    Let's also not forget that Jobs' Pixar film studio created heartwarming and thought-provoking movies about unlikely animal heroes, such as A Bug's Life and Finding Nemo, and he ended Disney's 10-year agreement with McDonald's to promote its films with movie-themed toys in Happy Meals after the entertainment giant merged with Pixar. As the vegetarian sharks in Finding Nemo said, "Fish are friends, not food." Finding Nemo's fish-friendly theme earned Pixar an award  from PETA US, as did Jobs' many accomplishments that changed animals' lives for the better. And if his movies or his lifestyle inspired even one person to become a vegetarian, he no doubt saved hundreds of animals' lives, and for that we thank him.

  • College Students Step Up for Animals

    Written by Kriti-S

    Throughout the month of September, PETA Youth, PETA India's young arm, was an official partner at college festivals across the country, where we gathered student signatures for our petition asking the Indian government to pass the Animal Welfare Act 2011. The new act would replace the outdated Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and would increase the currently meagre penalties for cruelty to animals.

    So we give mad props to the wonderful, compassionate students who came out to support PETA Youth's "Fight Against Animal Abuse" tour at the following college festivals:

    • SRM University's Aaruush '11
    • Vellore Institute of Technology's graVITas '11
    • B P Poddar Institute of Management and Technology's Elixir '11
    • Dr Sudhir Chandra Sur Degree Engineering College's Bienvenido '2K11
    • Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences' Manthan '11
    • Loyola College's Ovations '11
    • Stella Maris' Animal Welfare Week
    • NIT Trichi's Festember '11
    • NIT Durgapur's ANK '11
    • IIT Roorkee's iFest '11
    • Atharva College of Engineering's Technothon '11

    Whether you're in college or not, if you want to help animals, we can hook you up!

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