Written by PETA
"When you have your health, you have everything. When
you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all." – Augusten Burroughs
Did you know you it's possible to lose weight, boost your health and reduce
the risk of deadly diseases just by changing your diet? Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is bringing you a program based on the ever-popular
21-Day Vegan Kickstart initiative that
has helped more than 150,000 Americans lose weight and improve their health
with a low-fat, plant-based, dairy-free diet.
Trust us: these 21 days
will be fun-filled, nutritious and yummy! Kickstart India will send you 21
e-mail messages – one each day – that will provide you with an all-access pass
to the following resources:
A list of
celebrity coaches who will offer their favourite vegan recipes and tips to help
you stay on track during the program. Actor Amala Akkineni, cricketer Murali
Kartik, actor Veena Malik, international star Maggie Q, actor Rashaana Shah,
musician Rahul Sharma, actor Jackie Shroff, actor and author Alicia
Silverstone, actor Sonu Sood and member of Indian Parliament Dr Shashi Tharoor
are all involved.
started, India! Get yourself enrolled
now! Also, spread the word around to family and friends.
hear a big round of applause for our friends at Animal Rahat, a PETA-supported organisation dedicated to helping animals who
are forced to work. Their efforts, along with PETA's, have resulted in the
cancellation of a cruel bull-racing event in Satara, Maharashtra.
After learning that bull races were scheduled to take place in late August and early
September in Aundh, Baghwadi, Kolewadi,
Anjanapura, Bidal, Dhokalwadi and Padegaon in Satara district, PETA sent
an urgent letter to Satara Superintendent of Police KMM Prasanna asking him to
step in and stop the cruel – and illegal – events. PETA pointed out that during
bull races, the animals are commonly beaten with sticks, which often have nails
protruding from them, and that the races are illegal. The local police did
their job admirably, stopping the races.
Thank you, Superintendent
KMM Prasanna and the Satara police, for enforcing the law and common decency
over the cruelty and greed that drive these spectacles.
Now that the Ministry
of Environment and Forests has stated in The Gazette of India that
bulls can no longer be used as "performing" animals, this means that
cruel bull races are now banned everywhere in India. If you learn about any
such events, please do everything in your capacity to stop them. You can also
write to us at Info@petaindia.org, and
we'll guide you through your efforts.
you ever thought: What if the right to peacefully assemble were granted to
animals and they could organize a protest to demand better laws for their
we did. This is why we organized a never-before-attempted demonstration outside
the iconic Ramlila Maidan in Delhi where dozens of PETA volunteers wearing cat, dog, goat, cow and other animal masks held
placards urging the government to pass the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) 2011.
Why is the AWA 2011 so important?
because it has the potential to make the lives of animals in India a lot
better. Penalties for cruelty under the current animal
protection law – the 5-decades-old Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 –
are woefully weak and do little to deter animal abusers.
"A 10-rupee fine won't stop abusers from
overloading a bullock cart or beating a homeless dog", says PETA India
campaign coordinator Himani Shetty. "While the government keeps the new
law on the back burner, animals are suffering and dying and their abusers are
getting away with murder. The new Animal Welfare Act has the teeth that it
needs to take a bite out of cruelty."
While this protest helped us to get the word out, we
still need more support. Please write to the Ministry of Environment and
Forests to urge it to pass the act. Take action here!
Written by Kriti-S
Didn't you just go, "Awww …" when you saw
Dia Mirza's and Zayed Khan's characters rescue a pup from the street and bring
him home in the recent flick Love
We at PETA found this not only cute but also
award-worthy. That's because this scene that will be viewed by millions will help
fans realise that they, too, can save lives by choosing to adopt one of the
millions of homeless dogs or cats who languish on the streets or in animal shelters
instead of buying them from a pet shop or breeder.
"We give Love
Breakups Zindagi 'two paws up' for
reminding filmgoers that India's streets are full of loving animals in need of
a good home", says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. "We
encourage everyone who has the time and resources to care for a dog or cat to
adopt a homeless animal in need – you'll have a loving companion for the rest
of his or her life."
Congratulations to Born Free Entertainment for receiving
PETA's Hero to Animals Award for promoting compassion to animals in Love Breakups Zindagi!
The film has done its part, and now it is your turn to
help. Please encourage everyone you know who is looking to welcome a dog or cat
into their home to take in a homeless animal from the streets or adopt one from
an animal shelter.
Here's wishing everyone a very happy Eid! To help you make
this Eid extra special – and animal-friendly – we're sharing these yummy vegan
recipes with you!
All you need to keep the festivities and kindness
alive is to replace meat with mock meat or veggies. Try out these vegan recipes,
and share them with all your friends
Vegan Mutton Curry
2 Tbsp canola
1 Tbsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
2 red chillies
5 green cardamom
1 Tbsp black peppercorns
6 large garlic cloves, sliced
1-in piece of ginger, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded coconut (I use packaged coconut from Whole Foods)
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes or 2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cups soya chunks
1/2 cup watercress, optional
Cilantro for garnish, optional
Makes 2 servings
is adapted from http://www.holycowvegan.net/2008/01/my-dads-not-mutton-mushroom-curry.html.
1 Tbsp oil
2 small pieces cardamom
1 star anise
2 large onions, chopped
1 red chilli
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp jeera powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
Garam masala powder, optional
100 g (1/4 cup) green peas
2 potatoes, boiled and cubed,
1 cup soya granules, boiled
Salt, to taste
Coriander leaves, for
Makes 3 servings
has been contributed by Dr Nandita Shah of Sharan-India (Sharan-India.org).
To recognise Sir Paul
McCartney's work for animals and to celebrate his marriage to the beautiful
Nancy Shevell, Animal
Rahat – an organisation supported by PETA US that helps alleviate
the suffering of animals forced to work – has named two adorable rescued
puppies Paul and Nancy. A photograph of Paul and Nancy has been sent to, well,
Paul and Nancy. The Beatles legend is a long-time supporter of PETA India and
its global affiliates. "He and his late wife, Linda, were among the first
supporters of PETA US. Sir Paul has always been concerned about the suffering
of street dogs, and we hope that others will be inspired to bring a stray or
shelter dog into their homes", said PETA India.
In an accompanying letter
to the newlyweds, Animal Rahat programme manager Sudheesh Nair wrote that the
puppies "were running in fright after having witnessed the accident which
killed their mother in Sangli".
The puppies are now under
the care of Animal Rahat and are doing well. See? All you need is love!
You can help end the homeless-dog
and -cat crisis by always adopting and never shopping for animals.
By changing minds and changing practices, PETA India's
friends at Animal Rahat
are devoted to providing
relief to animals forced to work. Whether they are confiscating whips and yoke
spikes, providing veterinary care to elephants chained in temples or convincing
owners of elderly bullocks to let their animals retire to the Animal Rahat sanctuary rather than forcing
them to face the abattoir, Animal Rahat staff members are easing suffering and
saving lives one animal at a time. Here are just some of Animal Rahat's
accomplishments from last month:
Animal Rahat is a non-profit organisation that relies
on donations from compassionate individuals to continue to provide relief for
animals forced to work in India. Consider giving someone you love the gift of
saving an animal's life by making a donation to Animal Rahat in his
or her name.
With Children's Day just around the corner, we'd like to give you a
chance to win a great book on animals for your little one.
PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk's book 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help
Animals: Fun and Easy Ways to Be a Kind Kid is packed with fascinating
facts about animals and fun quizzes, riddles and activities that will inspire
your child to put down that play station and get busy helping animals!
All you need to do to enter the contest is comment below and provide an
idea for how kids can help animals. The three people deemed to have the most interesting
and useful ideas will be chosen by PETA as our winners.
The contest ends on 14 November 2011. The winners will be notified by 15
November. No purchase necessary and void where prohibited by law. By entering
is not only healthy and kind to animals but also always in vogue! That's why
the list of vegetarian celebrities from around the globe just grows and grows.
The latest star to go vegetarian and to team up with PETA to speak up for
animals is the ultra-sexy actor from Pakistan Veena Malik. Check out her new ad
was the reason behind her compassionate move?
vegetarian is one of the smartest decisions I've ever made", says Malik,
who won her first Lux Style Award in 2007 for being the most stylish celebrity
on the red carpet. "I feel better, I'm healthier and I have the
satisfaction of knowing that my food choices also help protect animals and the
you, Veena! Your decision to kick the meat habit not only will save lives but also
is a gift to Mother Earth. A recent United Nations report concluded that a
global shift towards a meat-free diet is necessary to combat the worst effects
of climate change.
was recently in Mumbai to unveil her ad with PETA at the Priyadarshini Park and
Sports Complex in Malabar Hill. As you can imagine, she was swarmed by media
on – be a part of the growing number of people who refuse
to tolerate cruelty to animals and go vegetarian!
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