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
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.
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
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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?
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
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
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
Animal Rahat and law-enforcement agencies will closely
monitor the implementation of the order.
Other provisions of the order include the following:
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
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
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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!
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.
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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