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.
"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?
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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't
worry about your location – they deliver across the country.
The contest ends on 24 October 2011, and one winner
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Whether you're in college or not, if you
want to help animals, we
can hook you up!
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