Written by PETA
Mobile sport app PlayUp launched PETA's campaign
during Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2012 urging cricket fans to boycott
animal circuses. This partnership is aimed at combating the cruelty of circuses
that force animals to perform unnatural tricks under the threat of punishment.
PlayUp has been ranked in the top five apps across 80 countries and is a
leading social network for sport. You can get it at app stores in both iOS and
Android versions. Or you can simply visit PlayUp.com
and get this application as per your handsets.
Founded in 2007, PlayUp allows sports fans to connect,
cheer, heckle and strategise to their hearts' content. Users can keep up to date
with everything that's happening in the world of sport – from the big leagues
to local sport – straight from their mobile devices. When users log in to this
social app to check CLT20 scores or message friends about their teams' chances
in the tournament, they'll see PETA India's videos and ads – starring actor and
TV presenter Malaika Arora Khan,
rapper Hard Kaur, actor Shilpa Shetty and cricketer Wayne Parnell – that explain how
animals used by circuses are subjected to chronic confinement and physical
Circuses use whips,
heavy steel-tipped rods and other tools to inflict pain on animals and beat
them into performing confusing, unnatural tricks – such as riding bicycles,
standing on their heads and jumping through rings of fire – out of fear of
violent punishment. And even when they aren't performing, animals in circuses endure
a lifetime of misery: their access to water, food and veterinary care may be
severely restricted. Dogs and birds – who have their wings clipped so that they
cannot fly – are confined to small cages. Horses are kept tethered on short
ropes, and elephants
are kept chained.
Join us in helping to
put an end to cruelty to animals in circuses here.
At PETA, our style – compassion – never goes out of
fashion! And what better time to show compassion than during Durga Puja?
Durga Puja celebrates
the mightiness of Maa Durga, and the best way to show respect for all
animal maas, such as cows, hens, fish
and pigs, is by eating vegan food. Please watch how our sacred mother cows are
treated cruelly for
dairy and how animals killed for their flesh are treated. We're sharing some yummy vegan Bengali recipes
to help you make this Durga Puja extra-special for your loved ones – including
those with four legs, feathers and fins!
Estimated cooking time: 30 to 45 minutes
1 banana flower
1 Tbsp oil + 1 cup for deep frying
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 Tbsp raisins
2-in piece ginger, ground
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp dhania-jeera powder
1 Tbsp + 1 cup flour
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp garam masala
Salt, to taste
Water, as needed
Chilli or tomato sauce, for serving
Makes approximately 4 to 5 patties
Estimated cooking time: 40 to 45 minutes
5–6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup poppy seeds
2 Tbsp mustard oil
1/2 tsp kalonji
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. sugar
Salt, to taste
2 green chillies, sliced
Makes 3 to 4 servings
Bengali Tomato and Khajur Chutney
Estimated cooking time: 30 minutes
2/3 tsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 dried red chilli pepper
3–4 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup jaggery or brown sugar, to taste
1/2 tsp grated ginger
5–6 dates, chopped
Shubo Durga Puja!
Please leave a comment below and let us know the name of your favourite vegan Bengali dish.
Shubo Durga Puja!
Restrained in chains and holding a placard reading "Shackled,
Beaten, Abused. Animal Don't Belong in the Circus", Olympic bronze medalist
and acclaimed Indian boxer Vijender
Singh posed for a new PETA India campaign. Singh – who is the first Indian
to win an Olympic medal in boxing and who also won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award,
India's highest sports honour – wants people to know that animals in circuses
are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them and are
regularly beaten, all for a lifetime of cheap tricks.
cherish their freedom every bit as much as we do, but circuses deny them their
freedom and every other form of natural expression", says Singh. "I'm
asking people across India to help knock out cruelty by never attending a
circus that uses animals."
Animals in circuses are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse
and psychological torment. Whips and other weapons – including ankuses, which
are heavy, sharp steel-tipped rods – are used to inflict pain on animals and
beat them into submission. Even when they aren't performing, animals in
circuses suffer a lifetime of misery. Horses are kept tethered on short ropes,
and elephants are kept chained.
The government has already banned the use of
bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, bulls and lions in performances. PETA India
now calls on the government to follow the lead of Bolivia and Greece by banning
the use of all animals in circuses.
Join us urging the government to stop the use of animals in circuses.
have you done to help protect animals' natural forest homes?
Answer this simple question by commenting below, and the person with the best
caring and action-oriented answer will get this great Delhi Safari T-shirt.
Delhi Safari, in theatres
October 19, was directed by PETA friend and top Bollywood director Nikhil
Advani and produced by the 3-D animation experts of
Krayon Pictures. Some of Bollywood's brightest stars – including Govinda,
Akshaye Khanna, Sunil Shetty, Boman Irani, Urmila
Matondkar and Swini Khara – supply the voices and help make the animated animal
characters come alive.
Delhi Safari is the story of
the journey of animals who live in a national park in Mumbai. They are working
towards saving their home from humans who want to tear it down. Will these
unlikely friends be able to convince the prime minister in time to save their
You can help animals keep their natural homes,
too. Send a message to
the Prime Minister of India asking him to help save animals' forest homes.
The contest is over now!
As the wedding of Bollywood's Kareena Kapoor and
Saif Ali Khan gets underway, PETA India are sending the gorgeous couple a sweet
gift that will stand out. The group is giving them a flock of five large vegan-chocolate
chickens prepared by Delhi's Choco Kraft. No animals, including no chickens
used for eggs and no cows used for dairy products, were harmed to make this
"Kareena Kapoor is vegetarian and refused
to eat eggs while filming Ek Main Aur Ekk
Tu", says PETA India Chief Executive Officer Poorva Joshipura. "What
better occasion than this 'wedding of the year' for PETA to honour Kareena's
compassion and to do our part to get Saifeena off to a deliciously sweet start
in their new life together?"
On India's factory farms, virtually all chickens have part of their
sensitive beaks cut off with hot blades. Egg-laying hens spend the rest of
their lives crammed into filthy wire cages, where most will never be able to
extend their wings. Mother cows and buffaloes on India's dairy factory farms
spend most of their days confined to tiny stalls. Many are injected with
oxytocin by farmers in an effort to force them to produce unnaturally large
quantities of milk, and as a result, they often suffer from severe stomach
cramps equivalent to labour pains. Calves on dairy factory farms are either
abandoned or killed so that the milk meant for them can be sold to humans.
can find vegan chocolates by reading the labels and ensuring that the dessert
is egg- and dairy-free. Check out what happens to cows used for their milk here.
What's up, people? Have you been thinking about going
vegan? Why not take a pledge to do just that this Navratri? Not only will you
be helping animals by doing so, you'll also have more energy to dance through
the night. petaDishoom is here to help, and we've put together a nine-day plan
for going vegan for you and your friends who are not yet vegan. All you have to
do is follow these simple steps:
1: What's wrong with milk?
Watch this video to learn what happens to animals used for their milk.
2: What's wrong with eggs?
Eggs are about as vegetarian as chicken tikka or a mutton
burger (in other words, not vegetarian at all!). If someone told you that eggs
were vegetarian, maybe you should ask if they also think the world is flat. Male
chicks are killed shortly after birth because they can't produce eggs and are
too small to be profitably raised and killed for their flesh – and that's
definitely not vegetarian!
Day 3: Don't wear a cow!
Leather is not a fabric; it is the stolen skin of an animal who was killed. There
are so many cool non-leather styles available that wearing an animal's skin is
definitely uncool! Check out what
Pamela Anderson has to say about the cruel skins trade.
Day 4: Are you ready to take the challenge?
If you haven't already, try soya milk and delicious
sorbets and petha! They're all vegan! Believe me: going vegan is the best thing
that you can do for yourself, animals and the planet.
5: Make a vegan meal.
Most of the food that you get during Navratri is vegan anyway, but if you want
to make something special from our recipes database, please do – and don't
forget to let us know how the dish turned out.
Day 6: Take a close look at your cosmetics.
You may be surprised to find out that thousands of animals might be poisoned
and killed for your favourite brand of lipstick or shampoo. Browse through the
list of companies that do and don't test on animals and pledge to use only cruelty-free cosmetics.
Day 7: Silk is cruel.
Even small animals matter. To produce just 100 grams of silk, approximately
1,500 silkworms are killed. If you had ever visited a silk production farm, you'd
never want to wear a silk sari or a silk dhoti again. Use faux silk or other
non-animal materials instead.
Day 8: Still not convinced?
If you're still not convinced that going vegan is the right thing to do, just watch this.
9: Vegan Day!
We hope you agree that with these tips, you can be vegan by the last day of
Navratri and help others go vegan, too. Talk to at least two people about going
vegan and become a true superhero for
PETA pressure, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked all political
parties to refrain from using any animals for election campaigns. In an
advisory dated 19 September, the Election Commission of India has also notified
all Indian political parties that any violations of the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals Act, 1960, and the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, will not be
elephants and other animals used in election campaigns are commonly beaten,
shoved into terrifying crowds, overloaded and otherwise abused. They are also
often undernourished and denied adequate food and water. Wounds and other
injuries are common.
"This is a
victory for all animals, who are easy targets of abuse as they are routinely
paraded through the streets during elections", says Dr Manilal Valliyate,
PETA India's director of veterinary affairs. "Donkeys, bulls and elephants
have no political allegiances and do not deserve to be whipped and forced
through crowds or bullied by people who don't agree with the other party's
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, states
that anyone who "beats, kicks, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads,
tortures or otherwise treats any animal so as to subject [him or her] to
unnecessary pain or suffering or … being the owner, permits any animal to be so
treated" is in violation of the law. Yet animals used in political rallies
were routinely subjected to many of these abusive acts.
See the Election Commission of India's advisory to
political parties here.
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