Written by PETA
Here's a delicious piece of news for vegans and health-conscious people of Mumbai: Rajdhani's "Royal Kitchen", Rasovara, is celebrating its Vegan Week from 2 to 8 December.
Rajdhani's Rasovara is bringing together authentic Rajasthani and Gujarati vegan delicacies made with recipes handed down through generations of experienced Maharaj. You can experience the joy of veganism with a royal twist. The vegan thali has been specially made to tickle your taste buds and includes traditional dishes like kokam sarbat, dal bati churma, kadi, jodhpuri gatta, bhakri and mouth-watering desserts like jalebi and dry fruit halwa.
Whether you choose to go for lunch or dinner, you are in for a treat because the Rasovara seasons every vegan thali with care and compassion!
The brand-new vegan thali will be available even after the Vegan Week but only for prior bookings. To let diners know about its vegan initiative, Rasovara has put up PETA's "vegan-friendly" stickers in its windows and on its tabletops.
Visit Rasovara's Facebook page for directions and hours and to check out the tasty treats for yourself. Do take your friends and family, and be sure to say that your friends at PETA sent you!
After an extensive PETA campaign, with help from MP Maneka Gandhi and others, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), in its 65th meeting held on 25 November 2013, recommended the addition of a suitable provision under The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, to prohibit the import of cosmetics that have been tested on animals abroad. This decision comes on the heels of recently enacted bans on the import, marketing and sale of cosmetics and their ingredients that have been tested on animals in the European Union and Israel and a recent decision to eliminate animal tests for cosmetics by the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS), which prepares standards for cosmetics (IS 4011 (1997): Method of Test for Safety Evaluation of Cosmetics).
"We commend DTAB for its recommendation. Compliance with international standards can help ensure that cruel and outdated animal tests for lipstick and eye shadow become history around the globe", says PETA India science policy adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri, who holds an official seat on the BIS Cosmetics Sectional Committee. "PETA India looks forward to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare officially bringing in a sales ban on cosmetics that have been tested on animals abroad and working with the government on the next step: a ban on testing household products, such as floor cleaners, on animals as well as a ban on the marketing and sale of household products that have been tested on animals in India."
During cosmetics tests, harsh chemicals may be dripped into rabbits' eyes, smeared onto animals' abraded skin or forced down their throats. More than 1,200 companies around the world – including LUSH and The Body Shop as well as Indian companies Trumount Cosmoceuticals, Future Skin, Omved Lifestyle, Shahnaz Husain and others – have joined PETA's list of companies that use only modern and reliable non-animal tests for their products.
You can help end consumer product tests on animals by taking action here.
Bollywood heartthrob Imran Khan is known not only for his good looks but also for his kind heart. And the latter has earned him an award from PETA India. According to news reports, Imran was shooting his upcoming film, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, when he saw a dog trainer smack a dog. He immediately walked up to the trainer and pushed him in order to stop the abuse.
Imran will receive a Hero to Animals Award and a basket full of dog-shaped vegan gourmet chocolates prepared by Pune's Ambrosial Chockies.
Imran – who was last seen in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! – will soon be seen in Gori Tere Pyaar Mein opposite Kareena Kapoor. He has also appeared in a PETA ad urging people to adopt homeless animals.
Other recipients of PETA's Hero to Animals Award include Zarine Khan for rescuing a cat from the streets, Cyrus Broacha for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull, Rani Mukherjee for helping a dog in distress on her film set, Asin for saving a dog hit by a car, Sadaa Sayed for helping a puppy who just missed being hit by a car during a rainstorm and Dia Mirza's production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.
Because of India's countless stray and abandoned cats and dogs, PETA India encourages all animal guardians always to adopt an animal from a shelter or the streets and always to have their dogs and cats sterilised.
Bollywood beauty Jacqueline Fernandez accompanied her pals from PETA India for a meeting with Sunil Prabhu, the Mayor of Mumbai, to discuss cruelty to horses who are forced to haul carriages in Mumbai and the unlicensed stables in which they are housed, just before the High Court of Bombay hearing in December. The officials pledged to consider the matter.
Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA's director of veterinary affairs; Jacqueline Fernandez, Bollywood actor and Sunil Prabhu, the Mayor of Mumbai.
PETA and several other non-governmental organisations have called for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in the city. PETA recently released reports from its latest investigations of filthy and decrepit Mumbai stables that house horses who are used to pull carriages. The horses – including those who are injured, sick or severely malnourished – are forced to stand amid their own urine and faeces on trash-strewn floors.
Horses used to pull carriages are routinely forced to haul more passengers than the legal limit allows in all weather extremes, are often lame or have permanent leg damage and are frequently denied adequate rest, food, water and veterinary care.
This is not the first time that Fernandez has come forward to speak up for horses. She had sent a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner asking him to ban the use of horses in the city immediately. She also starred in an ad to make people aware of the routine cruelty that horses endure in this industry.
Now it's YOUR turn to speak up – please share this link with everyone you know!
The competition was fierce in PETA India's annual Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest, but after tallying the votes (and thanks to all who voted!) to help us decide who we should choose as our top picks, we've selected the winners. Without further ado, we're proud to crown Nikhil Asrani and Kritika Punj Berry as the Cutest Vegetarians Next Door of 2013 (insert a round of applause here)! Nikhil, the male winner, feels that "[w]hen we say no to meat, we not only save a happy soul but also add to the greatness of our country by conserving animals". And the female winner, Kritika, says that "[b]eing a vegetarian keeps your heart healthy, energetic and happy".
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 your 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.
A runaway monkey found her way to Raveena Tandon-Thadani's bungalow in Bandra last week. When the actor noticed that the animal had a rope tied around her neck, she realised that she was a captive monkey, who must have fled from being forced to perform. Raveena immediately gave her some treats and called PETA. She even tweeted, "A runaway monkey in our home..called the peta rescue guys pic.twitter.com/9oePqU2iia".
India prohibits the use of monkeys, bears, tigers, panthers and lions in street performances. And all species of monkeys are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which declares that all Indian wildlife is government property and also prohibits the capture and possession of monkeys. But because of a lack of enforcement, Madaris across India brazenly use monkeys to beg for money.
PETA has arranged for the monkey to go to the Primate Trust India rescue centre in Goa, where she will be able to live with other monkeys, play and go swimming.
This isn't the first time that Raveena has teamed up with PETA to help animals. She recently appeared in an ad to promote adoption of community dogs and has adopted two puppies from the streets. Prior to that, she dressed in a snake print (not snakeskin) gown for a PETA ad that read, "Wearing Exotic Skins Kills – Leave Wildlife out of Your Wardrobe".
Contact your local animal-protection non-governmental organisation if you see a banned animal forced to perform. Additionally, you can join PETA's Activist Network to get active for animals.
Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) – in association with PETA – organised a national workshop for medical, pharmacy, veterinary, zoology and other life-sciences professors, post-graduate students and researchers from colleges and research laboratories all over India in order to familiarise them with humane methods of educating students, such as by obtaining cadavers ethically and using non-animal models and computer-simulation programmes.
Dr PC Bisoi, a dean at OUAT; Dr AK Mahapatra, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar; Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA's director of veterinary affairs; Dr Umakanth Mishra, Head of Anatomy Department at OUAT and RK Das, OUAT's registrar.
The keynote speakers at the workshop, which was held on 13 November, included Professor MR Kar, the vice-chancellor of OUAT; RK Das, OUAT's registrar; Dr PC Bisoi, a dean at OUAT; Dr Umakanth Mishra, head of Anatomy Department at OUAT and Dr AK Mahapatra, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar. The speakers for the technical session included Dr RV Prasad, head of the division of pre- and para-clinical sciences at Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University in Karnataka; Dr V Ramakrishna, a retired professor of the Department of Anatomy and Histology at Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University; Dr Mohammad Akbarsha, director of the Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Center for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education in Trichy; Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA's director of veterinary affairs; and Dr Chaitanya Koduri, PETA's science policy adviser. More than 170 delegates from various colleges and research laboratories attended the workshop.
Every year, an estimated 1,000 calves are killed in India in order to teach veterinary anatomy and surgery to students, and countless frogs, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits have suffered and died in college laboratories for science training and research. Nearly every published comparative study in science-education literature has concluded that non-animal methods – including computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs, films, charts and life-like models – teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well as or better than inhumane and archaic animal laboratories.
Because of the cruelty to animals inherent in dissection, it can deter students from succeeding in the sciences. Research has shown that a significant number of students at every educational level are uncomfortable with the use of animals in dissection and experimentation, and some even turn away from careers in science rather than violating their principles.
Many students are taking a stand against dissection. To help cut out dissection at your college or university, write to us at Info@petaindia.org.
Following a nine-month-long investigation of circuses across India that was conducted by a team that included representatives from PETA India and Animal Rahat and was authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) – a statutory body operating under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) – the AWBI has confirmed in the just-released meeting minutes of its 39th general meeting held in Chennai that it has "decided to stop registration of elephants for performance under the Performing Animals Rules in view of huge cruelties and abuse suffered by them".
The notes further indicate the AWBI's support for a ban on the use of all animals in circuses and state that the board "decided to stop immediate performance of all the injured and aged animals in the circuses mentioned in [PETA India's] report and seize them after making arrangement for rehabilitation" and that legal notices will be served to circuses "for using sick, injured and unregistered animals in their circuses as Performing Animals". The AWBI also stated that PETA India's findings will be forwarded to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) for further action.
Bollywood actors, cricketers and the music industry also helped make this happen. In April, John Abraham fired off a letter to the MoEF stating, "Unlike human performers, animals are forced to entertain through the use of fear, pain or hunger. Whips, clubs, hooks and other weapons are often used to inflict pain on elephants and other animals in order to force them to perform confusing tricks. I hope you will look into your heart and make the compassionate choice by issuing an immediate ban on the use of all animals in circuses". Other stars who have supported PETA's campaign against the use of animals in circuses include Vijender Singh, Wayne Parnell, Hard Kaur, Malaika Arora Khan, Pt Chitresh Das, Rakhi Sawant, Sherlyn Chopra, Shilpa Shetty and Lauren Gottlieb.
PETA is now calling on the AWBI, the CZA and the MoEF to permit performances by circuses only with willing human performers by immediately banning the use of all animals in circuses, following the lead of Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Greece. PETA is also urging state governments and union territories across India to ban the use of animals in circuses in their localities.
You can help bring about a ban on the use of all animals in Indian circuses. Take action today.
If you have diabetes, are concerned about developing it or know somebody who has it, this book will change your life. Today on World Diabetes Day, we are giving away 50 copies of Dr Neal Barnard's ground-breaking book Program for Reversing Diabetes.
With a low-fat vegan diet – free of all animal products and added vegetable oils–you can improve how your body responds to insulin, thereby reversing the defining symptom of diabetes. The book also includes delicious, quick and easy-to-make recipes.
The first 50 people based in India who write to us at JalajK@petaindia.org with their name, postal address and phone number will receive a free copy. If you're not among the first 50? Don't worry! You can order the book here.
An animal advocate's job is never done. There are always letters to write, demonstrations to attend, and vegan brownies to bake. Lots of brownies to bake. Some of us at PETA India have been on a quest to find the most decadent, extra-chocolaty, melt-in-your-mouth-good vegan brownies. When Benazir, our media and celebrity projects coordinator, whipped up a batch of these babies, everyone at the office agreed: we have our winner. Enjoy!
Best-Ever Vegan Chocolate Walnut Brownies With Hot Chocolate Sauce1 1/2 cups flour1 tsp baking soda1/3 cup cocoa powder2 cups sugar1/2 cup vegetable oil1/2 cup cold water1/2 cup orange juice2 tsp vanilla extract1/2 cup walnuts2 Tbsp vinegarWater, for boiling 600 g dark chocolate
Makes 8 brownies
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