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to the caring people in Sangli, Maharashtra, Animal Rahat veterinarians
were able to vaccinate 75 donkeys to protect them from tetanus, an acute and often fatal infection of the nervous
system. The animals are forced to haul bricks at a brick kiln in Ankli.
Recently, three animals at the facility died of tetanus and had to suffer
through painful muscle spasms. Tetanus causes many donkeys to become so weak
that they cannot eat or drink, and some cannot even stand. The people who work
at the brick kiln – natives of Aurangabad – contacted Animal Rahat for
When the veterinarians explained that all donkeys need
tetanus vaccinations – along with follow-up booster shots – all the donkey
owners in the brick-kiln chipped in and raised enough money to vaccinate the 75
In the past two months, Animal Rahat has treated more
than 150 donkeys in Sangli alone, but there are many other sick, injured and
exhausted donkeys, horses and bullocks in Sangli who still need help.
equines (horses, donkeys, etc) are highly prone to tetanus. It costs less than
20 rupees (half a US dollar) to vaccinate a donkey or a horse. Kind-hearted
people can help equines by contributing to Animal Rahat.
sugarcane season, it's common to see bullocks in Maharashtra panting and
frothing at the mouth from straining to pull carts piled high with sugarcane.
Their knees are swollen, and their necks and shoulders bear wounds that are a
silent testimony to their daily toil under the yoke.
forced to work on sugarcane farms are commonly denied proper food, fresh
drinking water, sufficient rest and relief from the blazing-hot sun. They are yanked
roughly by wires threaded through their pierced noses and are often beaten or
whipped. Strands of barbed wire are sometimes put under the wooden yoke, and a
thin piece of leather is attached to the whip to make it sting even more.
friends at Animal Rahat,
which offers relief for India's working animals, are improving conditions for
these bullocks. Animal Rahat's groundbreaking new initiative, The Tractor Project, is a way to
eliminate the use of bullocks completely and replace them with small
tractors. Keeping in mind the limited financial resources of poor famers to buy
a motorized vehicle to haul the cane, Animal Rahat made a donation toward the
purchase of five new tractors for workers at the Kranti Sugar Factory. The
factory then gave the employees an interest-free loan for the rest of the cost.
five bullock owners were presented with their new tractors, and their 10 old,
worn-out bullocks were released from servitude in a touching ceremony at the
factory. When the bullocks arrived at Animal Rahat's Retired Bullock Home later
that same day, caretakers removed their nose ropes and offered the relieved
animals jaggery, a sweet treat that they love, to welcome them.
Kranti Sugar Factory along
with the help of Animal Rahat is planning to distribute more tractors as they
find the funds to do so. And Animal Rahat is preparing to expand The Tractor
Project to other areas if possible and end the suffering of bullocks
To contribute to Animal Rahat's overall efforts
– which fund new initiatives, including The Tractor Project – visit Animal Rahat's fundraising page.
Thole, a student at Sophia Polytechnic, Textile Design Institute, Mumbai! Congratulations,
stunning lettuce-leaf dress that Namrata designed will be worn by beauty queen Puja Gupta – star of the movie F.A.L.T.U. – in an upcoming vegetarian ad for PETA.
Namrata's name will also appear on the ad, and she'll
receive her very own certificate from PETA.
Many other design students submitted stylish dress
designs. After reviewing all the entries, PETA chose the 10 most beautiful gowns
and asked our supporters for help with picking the winner. It was a close call,
with all those stunning designs, but Namrata, who clearly has a promising
design career ahead of her, was chosen as the winner.
Here's Namrata's design:
Stay tuned to see the final ad!
other stars, including Lara
Aditi Gowitrikar and Pamela Anderson, have donned outfits made of lettuce
leaves in order to encourage people to turn over a new leaf and go vegetarian. If
you think they look good enough to eat, just check out our healthy vegetarian recipes and fix yourself some tasty plant-based meals.
PETA Youth knows that there is nothing hotter than a true geek – especially
one who cares about animals. That's why, for the first time, we're going to be
a social partner for Transilience, the annual
business and technology conference at the Shri Shankaracharya Institute of
Technology & Management in Bhilai, held this year from 22 to 23 June.
So whether you're a
biz whiz who is interested in starting a company making household products that
are never tested on
animals, a titan-in-training
who has a great idea for helping
animals through technology or
just someone who wants a few new vegan recipes, be sure to
stop by the PETA Youth table and say "Hello".
delegation from PETA met with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to
present a letter from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) objecting
to plans to build a dolphin
park in Sindhudurg. Animal
protection organisations are unanimously opposed to this cruel proposal.
The MoEF rightfully points out that it is illegal to
hunt and capture animals protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. What's
more, multiple studies have determined that keeping dolphins and other marine
animals in captivity leads to suffering and premature death because their
complex needs simply cannot be met in cramped and barren tanks.
Dolphins inhabit vast and fascinating worlds in
their ocean home and establish close, cooperative and long-standing
relationships. They swim freely and socialise in family groups and can cover up
to 100 miles a day. Dolphins used in marine parks are violently torn away from
their families and confined to small tanks in which they can only swim in
endless circles and perform tricks for food. Most captive dolphins die far
short of their expected lifespan.
Time is of the essence to get this plan stopped! Please contact the
Maharashtra Chief Minister at email@example.com, the
Minister of Tourism, India, at firstname.lastname@example.org and
the Maharashtra Forest
Minister at email@example.com and
urge them to abandon plans to open a dolphinarium in Sindhudurg.
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If you heard about a group of tigers taking over
the runway at the Styles and Trends 2012 fashion show held by Jagannath
Institute of Management Sciences' Department of Design, now you know – it's
true. Models were catlike on the catwalk, strutting their stuff in a design
collection with the theme "Save Our Tigers."
The collection's designers, students at the
institute, partnered with PETA Youth to create an unforgettable show that made
attendees aware that zoos take tigers out of their natural environments
and imprison them in tiny, barren enclosures. Some models also rocked the
runway in petaDishoom (now PETA Youth) shirts.
The designers didn't just make a statement about
protecting tigers by boycotting zoos – every imaginative piece was designed
without any fur, leather or exotic-animal skins. And considering all the PETA Youth merchandise
and literature that PETA Youth handed out, there's a good chance that more
students will soon be discovering how inspiring living cruelty-free can be.
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