Written by PETA
Today – the first day of April – PETA is proud to
present a brand-new groundbreaking technology that could save lives.
We all know that some birds can learn to speak human
languages, but now humans are finally learning to understand birds' language! A
team of engineers and avian biologists has created a revolutionary new
instrument that interprets chickens' speech patterns and translates them into English.
The translator can be attached to a chicken via a Velcro band, and when
the chicken clucks, the device interprets the sounds and a mechanised voice
speaks the English translation.
People are flocking to get the tiny devices, and PETA
India managed to get a few thousand of them, which we will be sending to chicken farmers across the
country. We're hopeful that
people will stop running afoul of fowl when they can actually understand what these
inquisitive animals are saying when they speak
lovingly to their avian friends and family, demonstrate their excellent
memories by asking about chickens who have disappeared (and were likely taken to slaughter) and perform complex
We're excited to hear back from farmers about what
chickens have been saying to them. "I want to go outside", perhaps?
Or "Where are you taking my sister?" We have a feeling that some
farmers are going to have a lot of explaining to do.
We'll keep you updated on how the project is going.
What do you think farmers will soon be hearing chickens say?
dark hour is upon us!
Doomsday, but Earth Hour, which falls on Saturday, 31 March, at 8:30 pm this
year. It's the hour that people around the globe turn off their lights to help
what do you do when everything around you is plunged into darkness for one
whole hour? Think, of course!
is some food for thought – 10 facts from PETA about our planet, just for Earth
Hour. Please share them with your family and friends:
With so many
compelling reasons to go vegan, tell everyone you know it's high time for them
to take the Vegan
Pledge. And with the availability of synthetic leather
shoes, soya milk, tofu and soya chunks, going vegan has never been easier.
Basic Shiksha Adhikari of Bijnor, Shri Banwari Lal, has directed
all government schools in the district to start using PETA’s humane-education
programme, “Compassionate Citizen” to help raise socially aware and
Most children naturally feel concern and affection for animals but
learn cruelty from society and often lose sight of their compassion. It is well
documented that violence against animals by children can often lead to future
acts of violence towards fellow humans. Simply teaching kindness and compassion
towards animals from an early age will go a long way to encouraging respect for
animals, and for other people.
Praising the programme, Shri
Banwari Lal says
“Compassionate Citizen programme is an effective educational tool through which
children can develop compassion and respect for animals.”
Rashtriya Gram Utthan Sansthan Charitable Trust has partnered with
PETA to raise awareness about the programme and urge schools to include it in
their curriculum. Schools such as Jawahar Novadaya Vidhlaya, Vedanta Academy
and GSD Public School are among those who have agreed to use the programme on
an ongoing basis in their schools.
To learn more about the programme, log onto www.CompassionateCitizen.com
Irish eyes are
smiling because Ireland has banned puppy mills. Puppy mills are cruel breeding
farms notorious for cramped
enclosures, filth, malnutrition, exposure, disease and dogs who suffer as a result of a lack
of socialisation and veterinary care. Puppy mills then sell puppies on to pet
All puppies must also be microchipped so that the breeder can be identified and
authorities can inspect and shut down any facility that fails to meet the standards set
by the new regulations.
Ireland has set an example for other countries to follow, including
India, where pet shops keep animals in tiny, filthy cages. The pet trade is
also responsible for contributing to the homeless animal crisis. Every time someone buys a
dog or cat from a breeder or pet store, a homeless animal roaming the streets
or waiting in an animal shelter loses a chance at a home – and a chance at a
PETA India has been asking the Ministry of Environment and Forests to pass
the Pet Shop Rules, 2010, to help make the lives of our canine friends a little
Please ask the ministry to pass this important legislation.
online magazine Néoplanète and international
multimedia platform One
Heart Channel,with the support of PETA France helped present a
brand-new event at the Hôtel
Fouquet's Barrière aimed at showing chic and ethical alternatives to
fur."Paris Without Fur"
("Paris sans Fourrure") took place on the last day of Paris Couture
Fashion Week and aimed to show the public the fabulous alternatives to the real
fur produced by the fur
Spirit Hoods, PLICH, C&A, Etam, Franck Sorbier, VJ Couture and others showed off their latest
fur-free collections. Models from Up Models strutted down the runway with
elegance and humour, showing the public that winter can be warm and trendy
without killing animals.
If you want to save animals from being killed
for bags, belts and shoes, take our pledge never to wear an animal's skin again.
Thank you to everyone
who wrote to Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Dajisaheb Chavan to
protest against the plan to build a marine park in Sindhudurg. You'll be happy
to know that dolphin specialist Ric O'Barry
– who was featured in the Academy Award–winning film The Cove, which documented the annual dolphin slaughter in Japan – has
joined you in writing to the Chief Minister.
On behalf of
PETA, O'Barry, the director of Earth Island Institute's Dolphin Project,
explains in a letter to the Chief Minister that dolphins and other marine
mammals suffer terribly in captivity and that they do not belong in tanks.
O'Barry's letter comes at
a time when experts in the fields of philosophy, conservation and animal behaviour
have just convened at the annual meeting of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's
biggest science conference, in Vancouver, Canada. These experts argued that dolphins should be
treated as nonhuman "persons" with their rights to life and liberty
Although this is great news, our finny friends still
need us to speak up for them. If you haven't done so already, please ask your
friends to help stop the plans for this dolphin prison. Find out how to take action here!
If it's starting
to seem like everywhere you look, another actor, politician, business leader or
athlete is going vegan that's
because it's true. They cite a plethora of reasons for making the switch to a
diet free of meat, dairy products and other animal products – reasons such as having
more energy, protecting the environment, staying slim and preventing cruelty to
animals. And with the ready availability of vegan foods in supermarkets and
restaurants, it's getting harder and harder to come up with excuses not to go vegan. These are just a few of
the vegan powerhouses who are
leading the charge:
There are more
influential vegans than we can count, let alone name. Ready to join them? Click here to get started
When PETA India found out that bull races were scheduled to be held at the Rural Olympics
in Kila Raipur in early February, we jumped into action. We got in touch with
the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, and informed
them that through an 11 July 2011 Ministry of
Environment and Forests notification in The Gazette of India, bulls races are banned everywhere
In an urgent letter to the police officials,
PETA India's Director of Veterinary Affairs, Dr Manilal Valliyate, wrote, "During
such races, the bulls are often beaten mercilessly with wooden sticks spiked
with nails in order to get them to run faster in the sweltering heat. The bulls'
tails are painfully twisted, and they are left covered with blood. Public
safety is also put at risk during such events".
Soon after sending the letters, Dr
Valliyate also spoke to the officials over the phone. A few follow-up calls
later, we got an official confirmation from the police department that bull races
had been cancelled.
Thank you, Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner,
and Ishwar Chand Sharma, Commissioner
of Police, Ludhiana, for upholding the law and saving the bulls from being
forced to race.
need your support to protect animals. If you ever hear about bull-racing events
in or around your area, please send us an e-mail right away at Info@petaindia.org.
Veermata Jijabai Technological
Institute (VJTI) teamed up
with PETA Youth– the young division of PETA India – to hold a 6-kilometre run and a festival. The theme for
both was the promotion of animal rights.
"We're thrilled to have partners as prestigious as VJTI", says
Richa Mithal, PETA Youth's marketing coordinator. "The marathon gave
us an opportunity to talk about animal rights on a personal level with many
young people who want to get active for animals."
The intercollegiate marathon was held in January to urge the government
to pass the Draft Animal Welfare Act, 2011, prepared by the Animal Welfare
Board of India. Passage of the new law is vital because India's current penalties
for cruelty to animals are badly outdated under The Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals Act, 1960.
Students ran wearing petaDishoom (now PETA Youth) T-shirts, which
were given to the first 100 entrants. The event was covered by Channel V and
Most children naturally feel concern and
affection for animals but learn cruelty from society and often lose sight of
their compassion. Also, it is now a well-documented fact that violence against
animals by children is often an early warning sign of future acts of violence
toward fellow humans. Through education, PETA hopes to ensure a future in which
animals, our environment and people are treated kindly.
In an effort to help educators raise socially aware students, PETA has
developed a humane-education programme called "Compassionate Citizen" for children ages 8 to 12. A
similar programme to PETA's multidisciplinary package is also in use in the US,
the UK and other countries. It can be used in language arts, science and social
studies curricula and is intended to give students an understanding of why
hatred and cruelty directed against others – regardless of species – are wrong.
Compassionate Citizen has been praised by numerous celebrities,
including Lara Dutta, Raveena Tandon Thadani, Anupam Kher and Jackie Shroff as well as by educators, police and environmentalist Dr RK Pachauri, director general of the
prestigious Energy and Resources Institute.
The programme is provided to schools and teachers free of charge and is
being used by 14 lakh children in more than 7,000 private and government schools
throughout India, including the Doon
School in Dehradun, Delhi Public School, Springdales, Mother's International
and Sanskriti schools in New Delhi and Jamnabai Narsee, Lilavatibai Podar and
Ryan Global schools in Mumbai.
The programme consists of a 28-minute video featuring suggested topics
of discussion, video footage of animals, cartoons and a text pack. The pack
includes a guide for teachers and reproducible worksheets. Although designed to
be included in the monthly curriculum, the programme can also be used for a
shorter period of time, including a one-day workshop.
If you are a student, parent or teacher, approach the school principal
and ask him or her to order a Compassionate Citizen pack today! For more
information, contact Puja Mahajan at PujaM@petaindia.org.
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