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  • Mobile App PlayUp Teams Up With PETA

    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 abuse.

    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.

  • Vijender Singh Knocks Out Cruelty

    Written by PETA

    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.

    "Animals 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.

  • Win a Cool 'Delhi Safari' T-Shirt

    Written by PETA

    What 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 home?

    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!

  • Vegan Chocolate Chickens to Saifeena

    Written by PETA

    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 compassionate gift.

    "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.

    Consumers 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.

  • Victory! No More Animals at Rallies!

    Written by PETA

    Victory! Following 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 tolerated.

    Bulls, donkeys, 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 politics."

    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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