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  • Vegetarians Still Got It at 96

    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.

  • Meet the Hottest Vegetarians Next Door!

    Written by PETA

    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 hunger".

    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. 

    Both 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 Wins LUSH Prize

    Written by PETA

    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.

    The EU's 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 animals. Take action now!

  • Stars Call for Beagles' Release

    Written by PETA

    PETA's effort 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 animals.

    Celebrities 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 action now.

  • Priya Anand Poses for Freedom of Birds

    Written by PETA

    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 withdrawn.

    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.

    Learn more.

  • Jet Airways Won't Ship Animals to Labs

    Written by PETA

    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 experiments".

    "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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