Written by PETA
Bigg Boss contestant and professional wrestler Sangram Singh appeared in a new video for PETA India's pro-vegetarian campaign just before entering the Bigg Boss house.
Watch Singh's exclusive video to find out how his vegetarian diet helped him overcome challenges and evolve into the wrestling star that he is today.
Going vegetarian saves the lives of animals, and vegetarians are less likely to be afflicted with leading killers, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer – all of which are major health problems in India. And raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse-gas emissions responsible for climate change.
Write to JalajK@petaindia.org today to order your free copy of PETA's vegetarian/vegan starter kit, which is packed full of easy recipes to help you get started, tips on making the switch to being meat-free and more.
A lot of Miss Universe contestants say that they want world peace, but how many work towards it every single day? Former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, for one, is doing her part. She maintains, "Even seemingly small choices can have a big impact on our health, our community and the world around us". So she does yoga regularly and never eats animals because she refuses to support the violent meat industry. "Going vegetarian", Lara says, "is one of the easiest ways to improve our health, help countless animals and protect the Earth".
Tathaastu magazine, which is devoted to meditation, holistic healing and serenity, took notice of the Bollywood star's peaceful lifestyle and featured her full-page PETA ad in its September-October issue free of charge, thereby promoting cruelty-free vegetarian eating to its many readers.
Mahatma Gandhi famously said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated". Anyone who wishes to see more peace in the world can simply stop buying the flesh of animals who were cruelly tormented on factory farms and painfully slaughtered.
Tathaastu also featured an article by Benazir Suraiya, PETA India's lead media and celebrity coordinator, about Lara Dutta and other celebrities who are vegetarian.
As more people
embrace vegan eating, they're discovering how common kitchen staples, including
coconut oil, bananas, baking powder – and even diet soda! – can be used to replace eggs in their favourite recipes. Most substitutions are a cinch: for example, instead
of cows' milk, just use an equal amount of soya or almond milk. Buttermilk? Add
a little lemon juice to your non-dairy milk. Baking powder combined with vinegar
is a tried-and-true egg substitute that helps to bind ingredients and make
cakes rise. As a bonus, when you use vegan options instead of raw eggs in
recipes, you can sneak a bite of cookie dough or lick the spoon without fear of
salmonella poisoning! Ready to get started? Save a copy of PETA's Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat
Sheet and begin
baking with compassion:
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Get the printer-friendly version here!
Now that you've got all the resources you need, why not pledge to go vegan? Send an e-mail to JalajK@petaindia.org, and we'll rush you a free copy of PETA's vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Are you eating someone's period? If you eat eggs, you are.
Female chickens have a menstrual cycle that can recur daily during certain times of the year. Like women, hens have ovaries. During a hen's cycle, an ovary sends a yolk on its path. The yolk forms what we know as an "egg white" as it moves through the reproductive tract into the shell gland. The shell takes about 21 hours to form and then – "Cluck!" – out pops an egg! These are the eggs that make it onto store shelves and into frying pans.
Not only is eating a chicken's period just plain gross, it's also cruel. On factory farms, chickens are shoved into tiny wire "battery cages" and have large portions of their beaks cut off. They are crammed so close together that they are forced to urinate and defecate on one another. Many birds die, and the survivors are often forced to live with their dead and dying cage mates. Male chicks are considered worthless, so every year, millions of them are killed. They may be tossed into trash bags and left to suffocate or thrown into high-speed grinders while they are still alive!
Spread the word that eggs are chicken periods by sharing this ad with everyone you know, and pledge to go vegan!
World Osteoporosis Day, 20 October, is a good time to bone up on osteoporosis and take steps to reduce your risk for broken bones and fractures. But before you race to the store to buy cows' milk, know that osteoporosis is not generally caused by inadequate calcium intake but rather by rapid calcium loss. If you want to build and maintain strong bones, dumping dairy products and eating a wholesome vegan diet is a good place to start.
Dairy products contain a significant amount of protein and sodium, and studies suggest that not only does dairy consumption not reduce osteoporotic bone loss, it also might even contribute to it. A 12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women found that those who drank milk three times a day actually broke more bones than did women who rarely drank milk.
People living in countries with the lowest calcium intake rates tend to have fewer fractures than do those living in countries with higher rates. This is likely because the countries with high calcium intake rates also tend to have high protein intake rates from consuming large amounts of meat and dairy products.
But because vegans don't consume the excessive protein found in meat, eggs and dairy products, they are able to process calcium more efficiently than meat-eaters can. And vegans tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, which help stave off osteoporosis because they contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K and other nutrients needed for healthy bones.
Leafy greens, beans, almonds, broccoli, butternut squash, figs, oats, seeds, soya and tahini (a Mediterranean sesame paste) are especially good sources of calcium and other essential nutrients.
Vitamin D, which helps the body use calcium, isn't naturally present in many foods, but it is added to some common foods. You can get vitamin D—without the fat and cholesterol found in cows' milk—from fortified soya and rice milks, orange juice and cereals as well as from supplements and, of course, sunshine.
If you exercise, refrain from smoking, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and cut salt, meat, cheese and cows' milk out of your diet, you can reduce your risk for osteoporosis. Weaning yourself from dairy products will also help animals and the environment.
By Bhuvaneshwari Gupta, nutritionist
If there's anything we love more than food, it's a celebration. And when festivities involve food, well, that's just the icing on the vegan cake. So of course, we're all pumped about Durga Puja. Unfortunately, our finned friends aren't so enthused, because many people cook dishes made of fish for the holiday. If you prefer your festivities without fatalities, read on for a fabulous faux-fish recipe from the mum of Neha Singh, our youth outreach adviser. We used Sunshine brand faux fish for this recipe, and you can find it in these stores.
Neha's Mum's Faux-Fish Curry1 pkg (380 g) Sunshine Veg Black Pomfret , defrosted and cut into 2-inch pieces (or the same amount of any other kind of vegan faux fish)Oil, for frying 1/2 tsp fennel seeds1/2 tsp rice seeds1/2 tsp mustard seeds1/2 tsp cumin seeds1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds1 medium onion, chopped1 medium tomato, chopped5–7 cloves garlic, minced1-inch piece ginger1/4 tsp turmeric seeds1/4 tsp coriander powderRed chili powder, to tasteSalt, to taste1/2 cup water, plus more as needed1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
Makes 4 servings
Check out more tasty Durga Puja recipes 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. PETA 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
On 2 October, we celebrate the birth of one of the greatest practitioners of nonviolence in all of history, Mahatma Gandhi. To mark this occasion, the UN has declared 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence, a day dedicated to working to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness".
On top of that, it is World Day for Farmed Animals, an opportunity to recognise the suffering of the 60 billion terrified land animals who are killed for meat around the globe, often crammed into spaces so small that they can hardly move before they are slaughtered – all for nothing more than a fleeting taste of their flesh. What's more, billions of sea animals are dragged into an
atmosphere in which they cannot breathe and are hooked, mutilated, boiled or
crushed while still alive.
Gandhi taught that non-violence
begins with what we eat. He famously said, "I hold that, the more helpless
a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of
man". And in his total commitment to non-violence, Gandhi always included
animals, stating, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated".
Remarks MP Maneka Gandhi, "The best way for individuals, government offices
and businesses to honour Mahatma Gandhi's birthday is by not eating meat or
dairy on the International Day of Non-Violence.Mahatma Gandhi's legacy of peace and compassion for all
living beings is not just a message of ahimsa but an economic and ecological
necessity. Please pledging to eat and serve only animal-free food on 2 October".
So PETA UK asked British MPs
to do just that.
Compassionate members of the UK Parliament, including the
British Olympics Minister, Dame Tessa Jowell MP; Adrian Sanders
MP, Torbay; the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Angela Smith
MP, Penistone and Stocksbridge; the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Dave Watts MP, St Helens North; Frank Doran MP, Aberdeen North; Grahame Morris MP, Easington; Martin Horwood MP, Cheltenham; Nic Dakin MP, Scunthorpe; the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the
Department of Transport, Norman Baker MP,
Lewes; Teresa Pearce MP, Erith and
Thamesmead and the Shadow International Development Minister, Tony
Cunningham MP, Workington, have pledged to give vegan eating a try in honour of
Gandhi on Gandhi Jayanti. A number of
parliamentarians responded to PETA UK's request by saying that they
are already vegan: these include the Shadow Economic Secretary, Cathy
Jamieson MP, Kilmarnock and Loudoun; the Shadow Minister for Communities
and Local Government, Chris Williamson MP,
Derby North and the Shadow Foreign Office Minister, Kerry McCarthy MP,
They join Kerry
McCarthy, Chris Williamson and Cathy Jamieson, three MPs who already
leave meat, dairy products and eggs off their plates. These political leaders are
leading by example.
More than 60 years after his
death, Gandhi remains a source of wisdom and inspiration for the world. We may
not be able to stop all the violence in the world, but we can lessen the amount
of violence in our own lives. The only way to stop this cruel cycle of animal
abuse is to practise non-violence and stop eating animal products.
Join the celebration, and mark Gandhi's birthday by making the
compassionate choice to leave animals off your plate. Order our free vegetarian/vegan
kit for recipes, tips and advice by writing to JalajK@petaindia.org with your postal address. Please put "Vegetarian/Vegan
Starter Kit" in the subject line.
One of the warmest days on record was 28 September – not because of the mercury but because people around the world were showing their affection for vegetarians and vegans on International Hug a Vegetarian Day.
Since we're lucky to live in the country with the largest population of vegetarians in the world, we encouraged everyone to get their hug on and show some love to all the people who save animals three times a day, 365 days a year. And did you ever! Just check out some of the pictures that we've received from people who ordered PETA's free "Hug a Vegetarian" posters and stickers and held their own veggie lovefests:
Everyone knows that animal advocates are all heart. But did you know that being animal-friendly can actually protect your heart? Animal products are loaded with heart-hurting fat and cholesterol. So dumping them is like dumping a bad partner – it does your heart a huge favour. For World Heart Day on 29 September, PETA is urging everyone to have a heart – a vegan one.
Former US President Bill Clinton knows all about the heart-healthy benefits of vegan foods. Once well-known for his McDonald's habit and fatty, meaty meals, he soon also became known for his struggles with heart disease. But Bill had an epiphany: his diet of dead animals was soon going to claim one more victim – Bill himself. Now primarily vegan for more than three years, Bill says he has reversed his heart disease and lost weight, and he looks and feels better than ever. And he's become a one-man vegan recruiting machine.
And why shouldn't he be? Doctors and nutritionists agree with him about the benefits of a vegan diet. Dr. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute took a group of patients with advanced heart disease, placed them on a low-fat vegetarian diet and asked them to walk a bit each day. The patients reported that their chest pains went away and their cholesterol levels dropped significantly without the need for drugs. Numerous studies and countless nutrition experts, including PETA's resident nutritionist, Bhuvaneshwari Gupta, have confirmed that one of the best things that people can do for their hearts (besides getting out of a bad relationship) is going vegan.
Don't let animal products break your heart. Go vegan for World Heart Day.
To say that PETA's recent "Hug a Vegetarian" Day event at the High Street Phoenix Mall in Mumbai was a success would be a gross understatement. PETA's chicken mascot hugged so many vegans and vegetarians that his "wings" were almost ready to fall off. In addition to all the loving hugs, PETA stickers, leaflets, vegetarian/vegan starter kits and "Glass Walls" DVDs – narrated by long-time PETA pal R Madhavan – were practically flying out the door.
It's no accident that the number of people – especially young people – going vegan and vegetarian in India and around the world is skyrocketing. If you want to help stop animal abuse, show Mother Earth some respect and protect your own health, then the first thing that you want to do is stop eating animals.
The best part about embracing vegan eating is that it opens you up to a whole new world of delicious, healthy and eco-friendly foods. They say a picture's worth a thousand words, so check out some of the smiling faces of the people who visited PETA's booth, and see for yourself that a blast was had by all – the veggie way!
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 …
Thole, a student at Sophia Polytechnic, Textile Design Institute, Mumbai! Congratulations,
stunning lettuce-leaf dress that Namrata designed will be worn by beauty queen Puja Gupta – star of the movie F.A.L.T.U. – in an upcoming vegetarian ad for PETA.
Namrata's name will also appear on the ad, and she'll
receive her very own certificate from PETA.
Many other design students submitted stylish dress
designs. After reviewing all the entries, PETA chose the 10 most beautiful gowns
and asked our supporters for help with picking the winner. It was a close call,
with all those stunning designs, but Namrata, who clearly has a promising
design career ahead of her, was chosen as the winner.
Here's Namrata's design:
Stay tuned to see the final ad!
other stars, including Lara
Aditi Gowitrikar and Pamela Anderson, have donned outfits made of lettuce
leaves in order to encourage people to turn over a new leaf and go vegetarian. If
you think they look good enough to eat, just check out our healthy vegetarian recipes and fix yourself some tasty plant-based meals.
Anna Hazare is credited with sparking a Gandhi cap
revival, with many of the caps reading, "I am Anna Hazare". Since the
movement began, sales of the Gandhi cap have soared, and many vendors have run out
As Mumbai gets ready to welcome the anti-corruption
crusader, PETA India is offering you the opportunity to win your very own
unique Gandhi cap emblazoned with the words "I Am Vegetarian". Anna
Hazare advocates non-violence and demonstrates this principle through not only
his campaigns but also his vegetarian diet. We hope our caps will be worn proudly
by his vegetarian followers so that others might also be encouraged to be kind,
not cruel, each time they sit down to eat.
If you support Anna, how about practicing non-violence
every time you sit down to eat? Want to win one of these caps? Then just
tell us where you will show it off! The 20 people deemed by PETA to have the
most interesting answers will be named the winners of the contest.
contest is open until 10 January 2012. The winners will be notified via e-mail
on 11 January. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. By
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is not only healthy and kind to animals but also always in vogue! That's why
the list of vegetarian celebrities from around the globe just grows and grows.
The latest star to go vegetarian and to team up with PETA to speak up for
animals is the ultra-sexy actor from Pakistan Veena Malik. Check out her new ad
was the reason behind her compassionate move?
vegetarian is one of the smartest decisions I've ever made", says Malik,
who won her first Lux Style Award in 2007 for being the most stylish celebrity
on the red carpet. "I feel better, I'm healthier and I have the
satisfaction of knowing that my food choices also help protect animals and the
you, Veena! Your decision to kick the meat habit not only will save lives but also
is a gift to Mother Earth. A recent United Nations report concluded that a
global shift towards a meat-free diet is necessary to combat the worst effects
of climate change.
was recently in Mumbai to unveil her ad with PETA at the Priyadarshini Park and
Sports Complex in Malabar Hill. As you can imagine, she was swarmed by media
on – be a part of the growing number of people who refuse
to tolerate cruelty to animals and go vegetarian!
"Rev Your Engines – Go Vegan." Yes, lucky Delhiites were greeted
by two stunning PETA members wearing sexy green pit-crew outfits standing next
to a race car in the lead-up to the Formula 1 race weekend and Grand Prix.
The pit princesses' point? That the best thing that racing drivers and
enthusiasts can do if they want to get up to speed is jettison meat and dairy
products from their diet and go vegan.
Quick – put the pedal to the medal and the best racing fuel in your
tanks by going vegan! Shifting away from unhealthy meat and dairy products helps protect the environment, saves animals' lives and
helps keep our bodies running at peak performance. So what are you waiting for?
If you were wondering how we managed to get this awesome race car for our
demonstration, the credit goes to the students of National School of
Information Technology in Dwarka. They designed the car themselves! We would
also like to thank ace photographer Mukesh Khugsal for taking photos.
Oye! Chak ditte phattey!
PETA supporter Fauja Singh ran into the record books on Sunday when he
finished the Toronto
Marathon. At 100 years old, he became the oldest person ever to complete
such a race. The "Turbaned Torpedo" credits his vegetarian
diet, among other factors, with giving him the powerful stamina that
propelled him into the Guinness
World Records. This may be the best inspiration ever to get us off the
couch and into some running shoes and is also living proof of why it's never
too late to incorporate healthy, plant-based foods
into your diet.
Even if you don't plan to break any world records, a plant-based diet is a
veritable fountain of youth: Vegetarians and vegans live an average of six to
10 years longer than meat-eaters do.
To follow in Singh's footsteps, take the pledge
to go meat-free today and urge others you know – of all ages – to do the same.
The late Steve Jobs may have been known for his signature black turtleneck,
but it is for his green diet that he probably will be most fondly remembered by
people who care about animals. The Apple cofounder, who died today, was a vegetarian
and a longtime health advocate who reportedly once handed out containers of
carrot juice at Halloween.
We remember Jobs for so many innovative ideas, including Apple's iPhoto facial recognition software, which recognizes the
faces of cats in addition to those of humans, reflecting the importance of
companion animals in our homes and hearts. PETA US also recently recognized
Jobs for what he didn't do: He refused to sell a gruesome app on Apple's
app store called iSealClub—which involved, as the name suggests, bashing
cartoon seals over the head with clubs.
Let's also not forget that Jobs' Pixar film studio created heartwarming and
thought-provoking movies about unlikely animal heroes, such as A Bug's Life
Nemo, and he ended Disney's 10-year agreement with McDonald's to promote its
films with movie-themed toys in Happy Meals after the entertainment giant
merged with Pixar. As the vegetarian sharks in Finding Nemo said,
"Fish are friends, not food." Finding Nemo's fish-friendly
theme earned Pixar an award from PETA US, as did Jobs' many
accomplishments that changed animals' lives for the better. And if his movies
or his lifestyle inspired even one person to become a vegetarian, he no doubt
saved hundreds of animals' lives, and for that we thank him.
"Non-violence begins at your dinner plate" –
that was the message that PETA India's Lettuce Lady gave to Pune's residents on
World Peace Day. Check out these awesome pictures from our latest demonstration
in the city of Pune, where our Lettuce Lady looked stunning in her tube dress
made entirely of purple cabbage leaves and accessorised with peas.
Wondering how veganism equals peace?
In today's meat and dairy industries, chickens have
their throats cut while they're still conscious, fish are suffocated or cut
open while they're still alive on the decks of fishing boats and calves are
taken away from their mothers within hours of birth.
Let's go vegan and send a strong message to an
industry that thrives on violence and bloodshed.
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