Written by PETA
The new face for PETA's pro-vegetarian
campaign is the World's Oldest New Dad!
Holding his new baby
boy, 96-year-old Ramajit Raghav – who, on 5 October, broke his own record as
Guinness World Records' World's Oldest New Dad – stars in a brand-new ad
campaign for PETA. Shot by photographer Gaurav Sharma, the new ad shows Raghav
and his son Ranjit next to the words "Vegetarians Still Got It at Age 96".
PETA plans to post the new campaign near fertility clinics around the world.
Says Raghav, "I have been a vegetarian
all my life, and I credit my stamina and virility to my diet of vegetables and
grains. Being a vegetarian is the secret to my strength and good health". Check out what he has to say!
What makes vegetarians so healthy? For
starters, meat clogs arteries and slows blood flow to all the major organs – not
just the heart. Vegetarians are, on average, fitter and trimmer than
meat-eaters are. They're also less likely to be afflicted with heart disease,
diabetes and cancer – all of which are major health problems in India. And
since each vegetarian saves the lives of many animals a year, their consciences
are lighter, too.
Want to live long?
Take the pledge to go meat-free today.
The competition was fierce in PETA India's
annual Hottest Vegetarian Next Door contest, but after tallying the votes
(thanks to all who voted!) and weeding through the top picks, we've selected
the winners. Without further ado, we're proud to crown Vikramajeet Singh and Amrita
Chaturvedi as the Hottest Vegetarians Next Door of 2012 (insert a round of
applause here)! They both, incidentally, hail from Lucknow.
Vikramajeet, the male winner, feels that "vegetarianism
is the only answer to the colossal problems of population growth and world
And the female
winner, Amrita, says, "A vegetarian lifestyle helps maintain a balanced
ecosystem and save species from extinction".
We think it's safe to say that these neighbours can borrow a cup of
sugar (or tofu) any time they want.
winners will receive a sash, a trophy and, most importantly – bragging rights.
And who wouldn't want to brag about following a plant-based diet, which decreases
the risk of cancer, heart disease and obesity; shrinks your carbon footprint and
spares the lives of many animals a year?! So how about going vegetarian
yourself? Getting started is as easy as checking out these hot dishes and
helping yourself to this
hot read. Who
knows? You might even be inspired to enter the contest next year …
PETA India is one of the winners of LUSH Cosmetics' first-ever global prize for its work to stop cosmetics testing on animals. LUSH – an
international cosmetics company with more than 700 stores and operations in
over 40 countries – granted PETA the prize of 5,000 British pounds in the
Lobbying category. That's because PETA has worked to modernise product testing
by working with the Bureau of Indian Standards and persuading its relevant
committees to accept non-animal methods approved by the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development in place of animal tests, including a
non-animal skin-sensitisation test. The organisation was also recognised for
its efforts to encourage the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to
consider a complete ban on cosmetics testing on animals.
phased-in ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals is
scheduled to take full effect in 2013. PETA is calling on the Indian government
to base its ban on the EU model. PETA's call for an end to cosmetic tests on
animals has also gained support from the Indian Council of Medical Research.
More than 1,000 companies around the world have banned all animal tests, but
many still choose to subject animals to painful tests in which substances are
smeared on their skin, sprayed in their faces or forced down their throats.
Because of the vast physiological differences between humans and the animals
used in these tests, the results are often misleading.
None of LUSH's
products or ingredients are tested on animals, and its vegan items (no
animal-based ingredients) are conveniently marked with a bright green "V".
You can help by
urging the government to ban testing cosmetics and household products on
to save the 70 beagles held in quarantine before they are sent to be used for
deadly experiments has just received some high-profile support. On behalf of
PETA, three-time South Filmfare Award–winning actor Trisha Krishnan has sent an urgent letter to Mr MF Farooqui, chair of the
Ministry of Environment and Forests' Committee for the Purpose of Control and
Supervision of Experiments on Animals, urging him to allow PETA to find loving
homes for the dogs – who were falsely marked as "pets" on an Animal
Quarantine and Certification Services no-objection certificate, even though
they are destined for use by Advinus Therapeutics in Bangalore, a
pharmaceutical laboratory that performs painful and deadly experiments on
also took to Twitter, calling for the dogs to be saved from experimentation. Hema Malini, Gul Panag, Rahul Khanna,
Priya Anand, Regina Cassandra, Rajniesh Duggall, Celina Jaitly, Neha Dhupia, Sonu Sood, Kunal Khemu and cricketer Kartik Murali all tweeted the following
message: "Help @PetaIndia save 70 #Beagles wrongly transported as pets to
India for #laboratory testing http://bit.ly/PJwvzp".
You can also help us save
these beagles. Take
English Vinglish beauty Priya Anand wants
fans to know that cages are not for the birds! Dressed in white attire, Bollywood, Kollywood and
Tollywood hottie Priya Anand took part in a PETA campaign to point out
that birds were born to be free and that locking them in cages and denying them
their freedom and the opportunity to fly is cruel. The compelling campaign was
shot by leading photographer Sunder Ramu,
and Priya's beautiful outfit was designed and styled by Chaitanya Rao.
"Birds are born to fly free and no one should
steal their freedom from them", says Priya Anand. In nature, birds
engage in social activities such as taking sand baths, playing hide-and-seek,
dancing, building nests with their mates and nurturing their young. But when
they're caged, these same vibrant animals become depressed and
Keeping birds in cages is also often illegal. The
Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and the amendment added to it in 1991
ban the capture and trade of all 1,200 varieties of indigenous birds in India.
In spite of this, 300 species of birds are openly sold in markets, including
munias, mynas, parrots, owls, hawks, peacocks, parakeets and other species.
will be here soon, and you know what that means: good food, festive gatherings
with family and friends and presents for all your loved ones! PETA's
animal-friendly gift ideas will delight everyone on your list:
you're hosting your own celebration, be sure to include animal-friendly Rich's Whip Topping. This
luscious, dairy-free whipped topping will make your homemade sweets that much
Naturo's 100 per cent natural vegan fruit bars – in mango, strawberry, orange and apple flavours – are made with sweet, sun-ripened fruit and contain no added sugar, making them the perfect choice for little ones.
End the evening with Amore vegan sorbetto,in fresh flavours, such as fig, guava, papaya and chocolate (our favourite).
Personalize your Diwali wishes with a handmade card, or send PETA's super-cute animal-friendly e-card. We also have recipes for delicious vegan Diwali sweets on our website. And since we're all about sharing, here's a bonus recipe to get you started. Happy Diwali, everyone!
Badam (Almond) Halwa3 cups almonds, soaked in water for 2 hours and drained 2–3 cups soya milk (try Staeta brand)2 Tbsp vegan margarine3 cups sugar1 tsp cardamom powder1 tsp canola oil2–3 Tbsp pumpkin seeds2–3 Tbsp golden raisins• Place the almonds in a blender. Add enough soya milk to cover the almonds by at least 1/2 inch. Blend until you have a pancake-like batter (slightly grainy, but without any large pieces).• Melt the margarine in a non-stick skillet or cast-iron pan. Stir in the almond paste and sugar. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the almond paste has lost most of its moisture. Turn off the heat and stir in the cardamom powder. Pour onto a plate or serving dish and set aside.• Heat the canola oil in a small saucepan. Add the pumpkin seeds and raisins and stir until the pumpkin seeds start to change colour. Pour over the almond paste.• For a festive presentation, scoop into small cupcake liners before serving. Makes 4 servings
Jet Airways, India's second-largest airline, has
assured PETA India in writing that it does not and will not transport animals to
laboratories for use in experiments. In a reply to PETA's letter inquiring
about Jet Airways' policy regarding shipments of animals to laboratories,
Mohammad Ali El Ariss, the airlines' vice president of cargo, stated, "We
would like to inform you, we refuse to carry live animals for laboratory
"Jet Airways is now among the enlightened
airlines that refuse to transport dogs, cats, primates and other animals to
laboratories, where they would suffer and die", says PETA India Science
Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. "Jet Airways has set an example for
the dwindling number of airlines – including Air India – that still profit from
animal suffering to follow."
Numerous major airlines have full or partial policies
against transporting animals for experimentation. Just among the International
Air Transportation Association's list of the world's 10 largest cargo carriers,
FedEx, UPS, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines and EVA Air prohibit any shipments
of animals for experiments; Emirates, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines won't
ship primates to laboratories; and Lufthansa has banned shipments of cats, dogs
and primates destined for laboratories. One of the exceptions is Air
India, which, despite repeated assurances to PETA that it would not transport
animals for use in experiments, has backtracked on its pledge and continues to
profit from the cruel trade of shipping animals to laboratories.
Please join us in urging
Air India to stop transporting animals to laboratories for experimentation. Take action now!
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