Written by PETA
It's said that
reading opens up new worlds, and PETA India's list of 10 great books about
animal rights and related issues is no exception. Get the straight scoop on
what happens to animals whose lives are at the mercy of human activities and
what happens to the health of humans who insist on eating animals:
One Can Make a Difference:
How Simple Actions Can Change the World - by Ingrid E. Newkirk
This compilation by
PETA's world-renowned founder includes original essays by more than 50
celebrities and other notables, including stories by the Dalai Lama, Beatles
great Paul McCartney, country music legend Willie Nelson, director Oliver Stone,
legendary sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, hip-hop artist and fashion mogul Russell
Simmons, actor Brigitte Bardot and dozens of others.
Skinny Bitch - by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
The subtitle for this
in-your-face (and fun!) vegan primer says it all: "A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love
Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous".
Skinny Bastard - by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
The plucky pair
behind Skinny Bitch offers a "kick-in-the
ass for real men who want to stop being fat and start getting buff".
Dr. Neal Barnard's Program
for Reversing Diabetes - by Dr Neal Barnard
president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr Neal
Barnard, explains how to reverse diabetes without
drugs by following a scientifically researched low-fat vegan diet.
Rabble-Rouser's Memoir - by Dan Mathews
This compelling – and
hilarious – book by PETA US' senior vice president reveals how his often
outlandish exploits in the name of animal rights have led to big victories for
animals and grabbed headlines around the world.
Forks Over Knives: The
Plant-Based Way to Health, - edited by Gene Stone
This compilation of writings
by nutritionists, scientists, and medical professionals examines how a
plant-based diet can help control – and even reverse – leading degenerative
diseases, discusses the environmental and animal-related benefits of going
vegan and includes more than 100 delicious recipes to get you on your way.
Animal Liberation - by Peter Singer
Often cited as the work
that gave birth to the modern animal rights movement, this updated edition of
Princeton University Professor of Bioethics Peter Singer's 1975 classic has
inspired millions worldwide to propel the fight for justice for animals into
one of the most important social causes of our time.
The Food Revolution: How
Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World - by John Robbins
Prize–nominated author for his acclaimed earlier work Diet for a New America points out the dire consequences that an
animal-based diet has on our bodies and
The Pig Who Sang to the
Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals - by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
This book takes an intriguing
look at the irrefutable evidence that animals who are grotesquely abused on
factory farms and in abattoirs have distinct personalities, complex emotions
and a degree of intelligence that makes their designation as "food" a
Eating Animals - by Jonathan Safran Foer
Combining science and a healthy dose of detective work, the
author explores the lore and traditions many people use to justify their eating
habits and the cruel consequences that those habits have for animals used for
Representing PETA India and Animal Rahat, a panel of India's most
renowned equine veterinarians – who together have more than 32 years of
experience addressing India's most challenging equine welfare issues – came
together with Mumbai for Horses and People for Animals to make the case that
the only way to stop the abuse and suffering of horses used to pull carriages
through the streets of Mumbai and avoid the traffic hazards that they cause is
to enact an all-out city-wide ban on Victorias. The experts also explained that
passengers, drivers and pedestrians are injured and even killed when
horse-drawn carriages are involved in accidents.
Three equine experts – Dr Manilal
Valliyate, director of veterinary affairs for PETA India and member of the
Animal Welfare Board of India; Dr Avinash Kumar, a leading equine veterinarian
who has worked for The Brooke, an equine welfare charity; and Dr Chetan Yadav,
an equine veterinarian and leading animal welfare specialist working for Animal
Rahat – presented graphic, never-before-seen photos and video footage proving
that keeping horse-drawn carriages on the roads would only ensure that the
cycle of abuse continues.
Dr Valliyate explained that once horses lose
function in a joint, as happens quickly when they're made to walk on pavement
or haul heavy loads, more stress will be placed on their other joints, tendons
and ligaments. No veterinary medicine or surgery can cure this condition, and
it cannot be reversed. The equine veterinarians also pointed out that any move
to issue licenses to the city's currently filthy, decrepit and illegal stables
could subject the horses to various infectious diseases – such as glanders,
strangles, tetanus and equine influenza – and cause many animals to die.
used to haul a carriage despite painfully swollen joints.
Furthermore, despite an order from the Bombay
High Court that nongovernmental organisations be permitted to inspect horses
for signs of poor health or compromised welfare and report the matter to an
executive health officer and despite holding written authorisation from the
Animal Welfare Board of India – a statutory body under the Ministry of
Environment and Forests – to conduct such an inspection, a team of equine
veterinarians from PETA and Animal Rahat was harassed and prevented from
conducting inspections of the horses used to haul carriages in Mumbai by the
carriage owners and drivers and their lawyer.
Make this Ganesh Chaturthi cruelty-free by offering
vegan modaks to Ganpati Bappa. Check out this tasty recipe!
The following recipe is adapted from VegRecipesOfIndia.com.
2 cups grated jaggery
2 1/2 cups grated fresh coconut
1 tsp cardamom powder
2 1/2 cups water
1 tsp oil
1 1/2 cups rice flour
Makes 4 servings
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
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