Written by PETA
What was the best thing about 2011? It was a banner
year for animals in India! Yes, with your support we won many victories. Here's
a quick recap:
After years of
extensive campaigning, we were able save millions of animals from being
tortured each year in the name of science. All India Institute of Medical
agreed to retire to sanctuaries many of the monkeys who were kept in tiny,
cramped cages for many years and made significant improvements in the care of
other animals at its central animal facility in New Delhi. In a groundbreaking
decision, with your help and the pushing of progressive scientists, the
University Grants Commission called for an end to animal dissection and animal
experimentation for university and college zoology and life-sciences courses
The year also brought relief for bulls who
are kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented
in the bloody "sport" of jallikattu. PETA’s
efforts, your letters, e-mails and phone calls, in addition to Hema
Malini's appeal, and the work of other caring groups together led to one
of the biggest victories for bulls in India when the Ministry of Environment
and Forests banned the use of bulls as performing animals. This law also makes
any of kind of bull racing illegal now in India!
Our young animal rights brigade, PETA Youth, tabled at hundreds of colleges, gathering the support of countless passionate students
from all across India and turning them into animal rights activists.
We made headlines in the media for our eye-catching demonstrations,
and innovative methods of animal rights activism.
There are far too many victories, both large and
small, to list them all here, but there is one thing that remains constant through
all our accomplishments: your support. Support our fight for animal rights by making a donation
or joining our Activist
We hope 2012 will be even better for animals!
Written by Kriti-S
Drum roll, please! Can you guess PETA's Person of the Year?
Here are some clues:
She has won countless hearts through her acting skills. Her magnificent
dance performances have been appreciated by many classical gurus and dance lovers
worldwide. In 2000, she was presented with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement
Award. Her contribution to Indian society has won her the honour of the Padma
Yes, we are talking about the eternal beauty Hema Malini. For repeatedly
raising her voice to oppose cruelty to animals and for her staunch commitment
to a humane vegetarian diet, veteran actor and politician Hema Malini has been
named Person of the Year by PETA
Hemaji has used her prestige time and time again to speak up for all the
voiceless animals whose abuse and oppression might otherwise go unnoticed.
Her efforts to bring about positive changes for animals in India include
her heartfelt appeal this year to the Ministry of Environment and Forests on
behalf of PETA India urging them to ban jallikattu. Soon after, the Ministry
issued a notification in The Gazette of
India stating that bulls can no longer be used as "performing"
animals. This decision means an end to the cruel "sport" of
jallikattu, in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to
the ground and otherwise tormented.
The "Basanti" has also come forward to help horses by urging
the city of Mumbai to ban horse-drawn carriages. In November, the Mumbai High
Court issued a landmark decision cracking down on unlicensed stables housing
horses used to pull carriages. This is expected to mean the end of the use of
horse-drawn carriages on Mumbai roads.
A strict vegetarian, Hemaji is the embodiment of the kindness and
determination to effect positive social change that PETA India stands for!
Congratulations, Hemaji! Thank you for being such a positive
It turns out that the happy reunion of the elephant Marriapan with his mom was just the beginning of the good news. After years of campaigning by PETA India against keeping elephants in captivity, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) banned the use of elephants in zoos in 2009. The CZA has since relocated 18 elephants from zoos throughout India to spacious forest sanctuaries, where they will be able to roam, receive professional veterinary care and enjoy the company of other elephants.
Some zoos, however, are attempting to dodge this directive by asking to be exempt from having to relocate elephants, including the Byculla Zoo in Mumbai, where an elephant frustrated by captivity killed a man last year.
Rahul Khanna and Celina Jaitly back PETA's call for the elephants' freedom.
Says Rahul, "At this time of Ganesh Chaturthi, as the whole nation gears up to celebrate an elephant god, I urge the CZA to now take steps to ensure all remaining elephants are moved to forest areas immediately, including those jailed at Byculla Zoo".
Brand-new bride Celina Jaitly says, "In Mumbai and other parts of India, elephants in captivity are kept in cruel conditions. It breaks my heart to see them separated from their families as babies and sentenced to a lifetime of boredom, loneliness and abuse. I applaud the CZA's decision that a zoo environment is wholly inadequate for elephants".
It is now your turn to urge the CZA to keep their commitment to send every elephant still held captive in Indian zoos to forest areas. Write to the CZA's Member Secretary, Mr BS Bonal, at email@example.com.
Great news from our colleagues at Animal Rahat! They not only stopped a bullock race in Maharashtra but also convinced the organisers to agree in writing to stop the races for good. This was no simple task: the team faced a mob of 5,000 people ready to participate in or watch the race. But with tact and persistence, they were able to spare the bulls from being forced to run.
Despite a recent ban on bullock racing, these cruel events are still being organised in rural areas. The bullocks are malnourished and thirsty and are routinely whipped and beaten. Cruel methods are used to keep them moving, like having pieces of barbed wire wedged underneath their harnesses. Ropes that are jammed through holes pierced in the bulls' nostrils are yanked and pulled so hard that the bulls' noses are often ripped open.
Don't let an "entertainment" event involving animals in your area go unchallenged. Contact the organisers to get it stopped, and contact us at Info@petaindia.org so that we can help.
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