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  • Mi Vegetarian Aahe

    Written by PETA

    Anna Hazare is credited with sparking a Gandhi cap revival, with many of the caps reading, "I am Anna Hazare". Since the movement began, sales of the Gandhi cap have soared, and many vendors have run out of stock.

    As Mumbai gets ready to welcome the anti-corruption crusader, PETA India is offering you the opportunity to win your very own unique Gandhi cap emblazoned with the words "I Am Vegetarian". Anna Hazare advocates non-violence and demonstrates this principle through not only his campaigns but also his vegetarian diet. We hope our caps will be worn proudly by his vegetarian followers so that others might also be encouraged to be kind, not cruel, each time they sit down to eat.

    If you support Anna, how about practicing non-violence every time you sit down to eat? Want to win one of these caps? Then just tell us where you will show it off! The 20 people deemed by PETA to have the most interesting answers will be named the winners of the contest.

    The contest is open until 10 January 2012. The winners will be notified via e-mail on 11 January. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. By commenting, you are agreeing to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

  • The Hottest Vegetarian Celebs of 2011 … So Far

    Written by PETA

    Actors Vivek Oberoi and Vidya Balan are frontrunners for the title of PETA India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2011. Shortly after the poll was posted, both stars started raking in the votes. The very talented Oberoi helped reconstruct an entire village during the South Asian tsunami, sponsors the surgeries for children who need them but cannot afford them, and is an anti-tobacco ambassador. Clearly, Oberoi's beauty is not just skin deep. He went vegetarian after watching a video on the violent and painful deaths that animals endure at slaughterhouses. He has said, "I realised I do not want to be hypocritical …. To turn vegetarian was a conscious decision".

    Vidya Balan, too, has a healthy heart of gold. With a bagful of accolades for her sensational performance in movie The Dirty Picture, Vidya was reported to have said, "I am vegetarian. As a result, my metabolism has improved, and this is a huge contributor to weight loss".

    Hot on their heels are Sonu Sood, Dhanush, Shahid Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Mallika Sherawat, Kareena Kapoor, Hema Malini and Ayesha Takia.

    You have until 10 January 2012 to help keep Oberoi and Vidya in the lead or choose your favourite sexy star instead. The winners will be declared by the end of January 2012, so don't forget to vote. More importantly, go vegetarian like your favourite celeb. The winner will be chosen by PETA on the basis of the following equally-considered factors: the total number of votes each celebrity receives; their potential to reach a large audience; PETA’s assessment of the celebrities’ attractiveness.

    Vegans enjoy lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and impotence than meat-eaters do. Going vegetarian or vegan will save the lives of many animals per year and is the most effective way that you can combat climate change.

  • petaDishoom to Get Submerged in Goa

    Written by Kriti-S

    Submerge Goa Project is undoubtedly the ultimate New Year's Eve beach party, and petaDishoom is going to be there to help you dance your way into 2012!

    That's right, all you deep house, dub-step, break-beat, techno, trance, psychedelic and electro fans – petaDishoom is the official social partner of Submerge Goa Project 2011!

    Not only are the people at Submerge Goa project some of the coolest people we have ever met, they are also a socially conscious bunch too. They have partnered with the youth animal rights brigade petaDishoom for the four-day dance and music fest in Goa, taking place from 30 December 2011 to 2 January 2012, to show their support for the animal protection movement and to encourage the thousands of people who will be attending the fest to be kinder to animals.

    Says Submerge Goa Project's co-founder Nikhil Chinapa, “Animal protection issues are a  key concern for youth today and I’m delighted Submerge Goa Project 2011 can act as a platform for petaDishoom to raise even more awareness about the importance of being kind to animals.”

    Adds DJ Pearl, “I am a long time supporter of PETA and I am over the moon about Submerge Goa Project 2011 joining hands with their youth division petaDishoom. Through this partnership, we aim to encourage more and more people to speak out against cruelty to animals.”

    There really can't be a better New Year's resolution than pledging to help animals, and there really is no better party to be at than Submerge Goa Project .

    Look out for the petaDishoom information table at the fest, where we will give away free stickers, literature and more to all the beautiful peeps who want to support our work for animal rights.

    Don't forget your bathing suit or swimming trunks and visit Goa so that you can party with petaDishoom and some awesome electro musicians who are guaranteed to blow your mind.

    For more information, please check out the Submerge website: http://www.submerge.in/nodes/home.

  • Khan Sisters Caged in Zoo Protest

    Written by Kriti-S

    They are successful models, smoking hot and compassionate at heart. Models-turned-actors Gauahar and Nigaar Khan recently posed shackled in double-decker cages to show that animals don't belong in zoos. Khan Sisters, a show that gives the public a peek into the lives of Gauahar and Nigaar, is set to air in January.

    The Khan sisters said: "We as living creatures love our freedom and animals are no different. If people want to see animals, a zoo is not the best place. Instead animals should be observed in their natural habitat like animal reserves where they are living the life that they were meant to live. If we can't manage to visit them, we can learn about these amazing wild animals by watching videos, television programmes or by reading about them on the internet or in books and magazines and that's what we, the Khan sisters, are hoping the audience would understand."

    We thank the duo for their support. You can help animals imprisoned in zoos by taking the pledge to boycott zoos! And don't forget to join the campaign to fight for animal rights by signing up for our Activist Network.

  • PETA's Person of the Year Award Goes To …

    Written by Kriti-S

    Drum roll, please! Can you guess PETA's Person of the Year?

    Here are some clues:

    She has won countless hearts through her acting skills. Her magnificent dance performances have been appreciated by many classical gurus and dance lovers worldwide. In 2000, she was presented with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Her contribution to Indian society has won her the honour of the Padma Shri Award.

    Yes, we are talking about the eternal beauty Hema Malini. For repeatedly raising her voice to oppose cruelty to animals and for her staunch commitment to a humane vegetarian diet, veteran actor and politician Hema Malini has been named Person of the Year by PETA India.

    Hemaji has used her prestige time and time again to speak up for all the voiceless animals whose abuse and oppression might otherwise go unnoticed.

    Her efforts to bring about positive changes for animals in India include her heartfelt appeal this year to the Ministry of Environment and Forests on behalf of PETA India urging them to ban jallikattu. Soon after, the Ministry issued a notification in The Gazette of India stating that bulls can no longer be used as "performing" animals. This decision means an end to the cruel "sport" of jallikattu, in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented.

    The "Basanti" has also come forward to help horses by urging the city of Mumbai to ban horse-drawn carriages. In November, the Mumbai High Court issued a landmark decision cracking down on unlicensed stables housing horses used to pull carriages. This is expected to mean the end of the use of horse-drawn carriages on Mumbai roads.

    A strict vegetarian, Hemaji is the embodiment of the kindness and determination to effect positive social change that PETA India stands for!

    Congratulations, Hemaji! Thank you for being such a positive inspiration.

  • A Christmas Dinner for Chickens

    Written by Kriti-S

    PETA India just took the phrase "hen party" way too literally. All of us will agree that having the corpse of a dead bird lying on a plate for Christmas dinner is no fun, particularly not for the birds.

    So this Christmas, some PETA members decided to have a different kind of chicken dinner, one at which the birds were the guests of honour. PETA members in Chennai recently rescued five  hens from slaughter, and while the animals recovered from their ordeal, their rescuers decided to give them a party before they are sent to be cared for by People for Animals Chennai. The hens enjoyed an early Christmas dinner of sweet corn, delicious seeds and other foods that they love – all at a table beautifully decorated for Christmas.

    And guess who turned up at the party? Vegetarian playback singer and RJ Suchitra Karthik Kumar and her actor husband, Karthik Kumar.

    You can make your Christmas merry for animals, too, by making a New Year's resolution to save their lives. Take the pledge to go vegan today. Thank you for thinking about animals, and may Santa fulfil all your wishes.

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

    PS Have you shared our ultra-cute "Meowy Catmas" card with all your friends? If not, what better time than now?

  • Sanjana Jon for Desi Dogs!

    Written by Kriti-S

    What goes best with fashion? Compassion! Top leather-free designer and renowned human rights activist Sanjana Jon kicked off Hyderabad International Fashion Week with a star-studded fashion show aimed at helping encourage those who have the time, love and resources to adopt a homeless Indian (desi) dog brimming with personality, rather than buying a dog "off the rack" from a pet shop or breeder.

    Stars such as Bindu Madhavi, Vijay Yesudas, Ashwini Ponnappa, Sana Khan, Rupali Fulsunge, Sowmya, Chaitanya Krishna and Naren were part of the show while male models walked the ramp wearing PETA's "I ♥ Desi Dogs: Don't Shop, Adopt" T-shirt. Sanjana Jon, models and stars also wore the T-shirt at a news conference following the show.

    You can help too! Just open your heart and home to a homeless dog if you're looking to welcome an animal into your life. And be sure to sterilize your animal companion since there are currently too many homeless dogs and not enough good homes.

  • 36,000 Bullocks to Have a Better Life

    Written by Kriti-S

    They suffer from physical exhaustion, muscle strain, laboured breathing and frothing at the mouth. They are forced to work in the extreme heat and humidity without even a drop of water or a moment's rest. Yes, this is the miserable plight of thousands of bullocks who are forced to pull heavy cartloads of sugarcane.

    But now, thanks to our affiliate Animal Rahat, bullocks may be spared some suffering. After continuous efforts by the Animal Rahat team, Sangli District Collector Shyam D Wardhane issued an order to the district's sugarcane mills to immediately implement laws that protect animals forced to work. Beginning immediately, the average load of each cart is to be checked and documented, and mill management is to ensure that the upper legal limit is not exceeded.

    Animal Rahat and law-enforcement agencies will closely monitor the implementation of the order.

    Other provisions of the order include the following:

    • Each mill will have a first-aid kit for animals and will appoint a veterinarian on consultation. The mills will ensure that veterinary services are available and accessible to animals in need of medical attention.
    • Mills will provide animals with essential resources, including shade and drinking water. A sand pit for farriery must also be available on the premises. 
    • The mills have agreed to bar animal owners from tormenting their animals with a number of commonly used cruel implements, including sharp wires and metal rods with protruding nails that can be jabbed into an animal's neck.

    Thanks, Mr Wardhane, for helping animals! If you witness an act of cruelty to animals, please blow the whistle. Shoot us an e-mail at Info@petaindia.org. Let's fight animal abuse together!

  • Win a PETA India 'Rescued' Calendar

    Written by Kriti-S

    As 2011 – a year full of exciting victories for animals – comes to an end, we hope that the coming year will bring even more good things to our furry, feathery and finned friends. As none of our victories would have been possible without your support and help, we would like to offer you the chance to win a wonderful New Year's gift.

    Yes, we are talking about the much discussed 2012 "Rescued" calendar, which contains beautiful images of animals PETA India and its affiliates around the globe have rescued.

    It is super-easy to enter the contest. All you have to do is simply suggest a caption for this ultra-cute image from the calendar. The winners will be the 15 people who come up with the captions that PETA deems to be the best representations of what Priya the monkey might like to say if she could:

    Priya was found clinging to her mother, who appeared to have been injured in an attack by a predator, near a hotel in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. The hotel called India Project for Animals and Nature (IPAN), run by PETA supporter Nigel Otter, who is a board member of the PETA-supported Animal Rahat organisation. Sadly, by the time IPAN arrived, the mother monkey had already died. Barely a week old, tiny Priya was taken to an animal sanctuary run by IPAN. Still very shy and timid, bright-eyed Priya is recovering from her trauma and growing up strong and healthy under the care of her sanctuary caregivers.

    The last date for submitting entries is 16 January 2012. The winners will be chosen by 19 January 2012 and notified via e-mail. By commenting below, you're agreeing to our privacy policy and terms and conditions. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

  • Strongest Man Eats Green

    Written by Kriti-S

    He can raise a car clear off the ground, toss huge logs through the air and lift monster dumbbells – and he hates cruelty to animals. Patrik Baboumian, holder of the "Strongest Man of Germany" title, is a plant-eater!

    Patrik recognizes that a healthy, plant-based diet gives him the protein and nutrients he needs to build muscle and strengthen his immune system, without clogging his arteries with saturated fat. He also knows that only cowards hurt animals and that one of the most macho things a guy can do is to stop eating foods that cause animals immense suffering.

    And he is not alone in thinking so! World-famous athletes and boxing champs like Olympian Sushil Kumar, UFC fighter Mac Danzig, Mike Tyson and many more get their energy from a veggie diet.

    Patrik stands up for what he believes in – on the homepage of his website, right next to his motto, "Born to Be Bada**", there's a PETA Germany video. If this lean, green, weight-lifting machine told me to go vegan and save animal lives, I believe I'd listen to him.

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