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  • Ten Great Reads

    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

    The founding 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.

    Committed: A 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

    The Pulitzer 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 our planet.

    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 true travesty.

    Eating Animalsby 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 food.

     

  • Top Vets Support Ban on Horse Carriages

    Written by PETA

    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.

    Horse 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.

  • Offer Vegan Modaks to Ganpati Bappa!

    Written by PETA

     

    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.

    Vegan Modaks

    2 cups grated jaggery

    2 1/2 cups grated fresh coconut

    1 tsp cardamom powder

    2 1/2 cups water

    1 tsp oil

    Pinch salt

    1 1/2 cups rice flour

    • Heat the jaggery and coconut in a thick-bottomed kadai. Stir until the jaggery melts and the mixture becomes a little dry. Avoid overcooking or the mixture will become very sticky and hard.
    • Add the cardamom powder and mix well. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    • In a separate pan, add the water, oil and salt and bring to a boil.
    • Remove one cup of the boiling water and set aside. (This can be used later if the mixture becomes too dry.)
    • Remove the pan from the heat and add the rice flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula, adding flour or water as needed to attain a smooth, lump-free, soft dough.
    • Knead the dough with your fingers, adding a little oil, if needed.
    • Roll a small portion of the dough into a smooth ball between your palms. Flatten the ball and place a small portion of the jaggery-coconut mixture at the centre. Bring together all the edges and close the top. Remove any extra dough from the top and shape and taper with your fingers.
    • Repeat this process with the remaining dough.
    • Steam the modaks in a pressure cooker (without the whistle) for 10 to 15 minutes over a low to medium flame.
    • The modaks are ready to be offered to Lord Ganesha!

    Makes 4 servings

    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

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