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  • 5 Ways You Can Help Animals in Laboratories

    Written by PETA

    We're in the midst of World Week for Animals in Laboratories – it lasts until 26 April. Animals who are burned, blinded, cut open, poisoned, starved and drugged in cruel experiments need us to speak up for them!

    The tide is turning: last year, the Drug Controller General of India put an end to testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. The Bureau of Indian Standards recently followed suit by ending animal testing for household products. But more work must still be done.

    Here are five easy ways to take action against the use of animals for tests and experiments:

    Help ban sales of animal-tested productsUrge the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to ban the import and sale of any animal-tested product, no matter where it's from. 

    Tell Air India to stop flying animals to laboratoriesAir India has backtracked on its agreement not to ship animals bound for experimentation.

    Be a caring consumerMake sure all your shopping is cruelty-free with our easy-to-search lists of which companies do and do not test their products on animals. 

    Urge the University of Delhi to cut out dissectionDespite the Ministry of Environment and Forests' 2012 directive to end animal dissection in college and university science programmes, the University of Delhi continues to force students to dissect animals. 

    Get free virtual-dissection softwarePETA offers free virtual frog-dissection software to schools that are committed to replacing animal dissection with humane alternatives. 

    With a few simple clicks, you can send a powerful message to the world that animals are not living test tubes and that switching to modern non-animal methods will result in a win-win situation for everyone.

  • 5 Ways to Save the Earth

    Written by PETA

    Today is Earth Day, and PETA India is celebrating with five fantastic ways that everyone can help save the planet and animals.

    1) Go vegan. White milk and cheese do not equal green. The dairy industry contributes to climate change, overuse of natural resources and massive water and air pollution.

    2) Ditch leather. No one wants to wear a toxic soup of chemicals, but that's exactly what you'll find at leather tanneries, which use chemicals such as formaldehyde and coal-tar derivatives and cyanide-based finishes. It's obvious that wearing dried-up animal skin is all dried up.

    3) Post this Earth Day fact on Facebook: A report by the United Nations confirms that a global shift to a vegan diet is vital to combat the worst effects of climate change.

    4) Share this photo with your meat-eating friends:  

    Meat production requires so much water that you save more water by not eating one 16-ounce steak than you would by not showering for six months. So by going vegan, you can help save the Earth and still help keep it a pleasant-smelling place. 

    5) Shop cruelty-free. There are so many luscious body-care product lines out now that are made without harsh chemicals and without harsh animal tests that it's easier than ever to be a green goddess. Check out the PETA US' shopping guide for a list of cruelty-free companies.  

    Happy Earth Day!

  • An Animal-Free Circus

    Written by PETA

    Calling all fans of guilt-free fun! In celebration of the Fifth World Circus Day, Rambo Circus is putting on an animal-free show at the famous Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, from April 18 to 20.

    Even though Rambo Circus still uses animals elsewhere, a practice we are working to stop, the show at the Prithvi Theatre will be animal-free. Instead of the usual circus scene featuring depressed animals being forced to jump through hoops, attendees will be dazzled by the daring tricks that our own species can do voluntarily – without being threatened with whips or spiked chains.

    Human performers know how to fly high and earn audiences' respect with their natural talent – for proof, just look at the popularity of Cirque du Soleil's gravity-defying acrobatics and otherworldly talent.

    Rambo Circus' all-human performance is an important step in the right direction and one that we should support. As you might remember, Rambo Circus was one of 16 circuses that PETA and Animal Rahat recently investigated for abusing animals. Cruel practices were rampant at these circuses, including beatings with metal-spiked weapons, constant caging and tethering, inadequate food and water and a lack of veterinary care. The Central Zoo Authority and the Animal Welfare Board of India have recently issued "show cause" notices to circus owners as a result of these findings.

    Kind people don't support that kind of cruelty. By choosing to go to circuses that don't use animals, we can show the circus world that suffering isn't funny and that audiences prefer to be entertained by willing human performers.

    Show your support by going to see Rambo Circus' animal-free show and signing our petition to ban the use of animals in circuses, as Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Greece have already done.

  • 4 Reasons Why I'm Having an Egg-Free Easter

    Written by PETA

    1. I Love Chicks: Chickens are smart birds who have complex social structures, sophisticated communication skills and distinct personalities, just as we do. They, too, feel pain, sadness, joy and love. They form strong family ties and mourn when they lose a loved one. A mother hen will turn her eggs as many as five times an hour and cluck to her chicks while they're still in the shell – and they chirp back.

    2. I Give a Cluck About Animal Welfare: On egg farms hens spend their entire lives crammed into wire cages so small that they can't even spread a single wing. The cages are stacked many tiers high, and faeces from the birds in the top cages fall on the birds below.

    3. I Give a Cluck About My Health: Eggs just aren't all they're cracked up to be. Just one average-size egg contains a whopping 213 milligrams of cholesterol. Research suggests that regular consumption of egg yolks is almost as bad for your heart as smoking because all the cholesterol and saturated fat can clog your arteries and raise your risk for a heart attack or stroke. Studies also show that men who eat 2.5 eggs per week raise their risk of prostate cancer by 81 per cent compared with men who consume less than half an egg per week and that pregnant women who consume eggs have a much higher rate of developing gestational diabetes.
     

    4. I Enjoy All the Excellent Egg-Free Options: Why would I eat cholesterol bombs and support egregious cruelty when I can eat mouth-watering vegan chocolates, egg-free cookies and cakes, eggless salad sandwiches and other tasty vegan dishes?

     

       

      

  • Be a Champion for Chickens This Easter

    Written by PETA

    It's the season for celebrating new beginnings – which also makes it a great time for a fresh start. And we have an eggscellent idea for a positive change that everyone can make: go egg-free this Easter!

    So Street Teamers, here's your next mission: help your family members eggstract cruelty from their diets by printing out a picture of a hen or sketching one yourself and writing next to her, "Jesus loves me, too! Try vegan!" Place the picture inside the carton of eggs in your fridge so that every time family members open it, they'll be reminded that chickens don't want to spend their lives on factory farms, forced to live in cages so small that they can't even spread a single wing. If you snap a picture of your handiwork and send it to us at Youth@petaindia.org by 20 April, you could be featured on PETA's website!


    Encourage your family to buy dark chocolate eggs or other vegan goodies for your Easter festivities. And when whipping up an Easter cake, try one of the eggsemplary egg-free alternatives on "The Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet".

    Remember to send us your snapshots at Youth@petaindia.org by 20 April, and be sure to tell us how you and your family were champions for chickens.

    P.S. By sending in your pictures, you certify that you have read and agree to PETA India’s privacy policy, and you agree to PETA India’s collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with that policy as well as to receiving e-mails from PETA India.

  • DIY: Cruelty-Free Easter 'Eggs'

    Written by PETA

    Dyeing eggs isn't all that it's cracked up to be. The egg industry is responsible for the suffering of hundreds and thousands of chickens each year. And cruelty aside, dyeing real eggs isn't nearly as much fun as making our DIY papier-mâché Easter "eggs". Find out how to make your own here!

    This easy craft is perfect for children of all ages, and you likely have many of the supplies already. If not, don't worry! Everything you need is easy to find at your local stationery store.

    Check out this super cute video from PETA Youth before you get started:

    Click here to play this video

    Ready to make your own? Here's how:

    Cruelty-Free Easter 'Eggs'
    Water
    Craft glue
    1 large mixing bowl
    Balloons
    Newspaper, cut into small strips
    Yarn
    Sellotape
    Tissue paper, poster paints, glitter, string, sequins or any other decorations you might want!
    Needle
    Easter treats and vegan candy

    • Mix equal parts water and glue together in a big bowl and stir until a smooth consistency is reached.
    • Blow up a balloon until it is egg-shaped and the desired size.
    • Using either a paintbrush or your fingers, spread some of the glue mixture on the balloon. Dip strips of newspaper one at a time into the mixture, then lay flat across the balloon. Continue until you have covered the balloon completely. Repeat with 2 layers of newspaper.
    • Use a piece of yarn and hang your balloon using Sellotape or set your "egg" on top of a cup. Let harden for 8 to 12 hours.
    • Once the papier-mâché is dry, use your imagination and decorate the outside of your "egg". Patterned tissue paper, poster paints, glitter, string and sequins all make great additions.
    • Pop the balloon using a needle and remove the deflated balloon.

    Fill with Easter treats and vegan candy.

    What animal-friendly traditions do you celebrate with your family? Share with us in the comments below!

  • Celebrate Baisakhi – Vegan-Style!

    Written by PETA

    Happy Baisakhi! 

    Here are some recipes for traditional dishes to help you celebrate – vegan-style. 

    Makki Ki Roti 

    Adapted from http://www.archanaskitchen.com/indian-recipes/indian-breads/1025-makki-ki-roti-a-spicy-corn-meal-flat-bread

    1 1/2 cups makki ka atta (cornmeal)

    1/4 cup whole-wheat flour

    1 green chilli, chopped

    1 tsp grated ginger

    Salt, to taste

    Cooking oil

    • Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a mixing bowl. Add a little water and knead into a soft dough. Drizzle with a little oil and knead for a few more minutes until the dough is smooth.
    • Divide the dough into 10 portions (about the size of a lemon) and cover with a wet muslin cloth. Set aside.
    • Preheat an iron skillet. Put a wet muslin cloth on your working surface. Wet the palms of your hands and place a dough portion on the wet cloth. Pat with your fingers or use a rolling pin to make a flat circle, approximately 3 inches in diameter.
    • Use the muslin cloth to place the rolled-out dough onto the preheated skillet. Cook the roti on medium heat, flipping to cook both sides.
    • Once you notice lighter brown spots, smear with a teaspoonful of oil and cook for a few more minutes until lightly crisp.

    Sarso Ka Saag

    Adapted from http://www.archanaskitchen.com/indian-recipes/main-course-vegetable-gravy-recipes/1515-sarson-ka-saag-a-north-indian-recipe-of-mustard-leaves 

    500 g fresh mustard leaves, washed and roughly chopped

    250 g fresh spinach leaves, washed and roughly chopped

    250 g fresh bathua leaves, washed and roughly chopped (optional)

    Salt, to taste

    1 tsp cooking oil

    1 2-in piece ginger, grated

    3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

    1 large onion, thinly sliced

    3 green chillis, cut into halves

    1/2 tsp turmeric powder

    1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

    1 tsp cumin powder

    • Steam all the leaves with a little salt until soft but still green. Allow to cool. Pureé or mash with a masher, depending on how you like the consistency.
    • Heat the oil in a thick pan. Add the ginger, garlic, onion and green chillies. Sauté on low heat until the onions are completely tender (you can cover the pan halfway to create steam, which consumes less oil).
    • Stir in the greens. Add the turmeric, cinnamon and cumin powder for an extra boost of flavour.
    • Turn the heat to high and cook for a couple of minutes so that the greens absorb the spice and onion flavours. Transfer the sarson ka saag to a serving dish and enjoy with your guilt-free makki ki roti! 

    Not only will your body feel great without all the ghee, your conscience will also, as vegans save the lives of many animals per year! And why only for Baisakhi? You can pledge to eat vegan every day.

  • Cruelty to Jaipur Elephants Used for Tourism

    Written by PETA

    The extensive inspection of elephants in Jaipur conducted by a team including experienced veterinarians and Honorary Animal Welfare Officers from PETA India, Animal Rahat, Wildlife SOS and the Centre for Studies on Elephants at the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Kerala showed rampant and widespread abuse of captive elephants used for elephant rides and other tourist activities in Jaipur, in violation of Indian animal-protection laws.

    After learning about the findings, the Animal Welfare Board of India decided not to permit the use of elephants for the annual Elephant Festival, and the event was called off this year.

    PETA is now calling on the Rajasthan state government to stop the use of elephants for any purpose, including tourism and ceremonies, and instead to set up an elephant sanctuary with a no-breeding policy under the chain-free protected-contact system of management for rescued elephants. PETA is also calling on the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to look into the legality of Hathigaon, where the elephants are housed, and urges all tourists to stop patronising elephant rides and other uses of captive elephants.

    The findings of the inspection included the following issues:

    Injured and unfit elephants, including blind ones, were forced to work

    This elephant, who was blind in one eye, possibly because of corneal opacity, was being forced to work.

    Iron ankuses, which are prohibited by the Rajasthan High Court's order, were used

    These eight iron ankuses were seized.

    Chains or hobbles with spikes or sharp edges were used to restrain the elephants

    Spiked hobble chains were found tied around the front legs of this elephant. 

     Elephants were continuously tethered or chained by more than one foot

    Severe scars from tethering wounds on the hind legs of an elephant indicated continuous tethering and chaining.

    Elephants' ears had been mutilated

    This elephant had several holes punched in his ear from which to hang ornamental accessories

    Elephants had serious foot ailments

    This elephant had abnormally overgrown toenails with cracks, which is a clear indication of a complete lack of care and severe neglect. 

    Stereotypic behaviour, such as constant swaying, head-bobbing, etc – the result of severe frustration – indicated serious mental deterioration

    This elephant expressed stereotypic stress behaviour, including weaving, swaying and head-bobbing. She also had holes drilled in her tushes.

    Elephants' tusks and tushes had been cut or had had holes drilled into them without permission from the state wildlife department, which is an apparent violation of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

    This elephant had multiple holes drilled into her tushes.

     The rooms for all 51 elephants fell well short of the 1.2 acres of land per elephant required by the CZA's guidelines

    This elephant stood in a restrictive shed.

     You can help. Pledge never to patronise elephant rides or other uses of captive elephants.

  • HC Orders Sunder's Release to a Sanctuary

    Written by PETA

    Today, in a landmark judgement, the Honourable Bombay High Court ruled in favour of PETA India by upholding the implementation of the order dated 21 August 2012 that had been passed by the Joint Secretary (Forests), Government of Maharashtra to release the well-known and much-abused young elephant Sunder to a sanctuary. 


    More than 2.2 lakh people from around the globe wrote to authorities seeking Sunder's release through action alerts on PETA affiliates' websites. Celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Pamela Anderson, Arjun Rampal, R Madhavan, Gulshan Grover and many others took to Twitter or helped in other ways with the campaign for his release.

    The court allowed the writ petition filed by PETA and dismissed the appeal filed by the Member of Legislative Assembly Vinay Kore, who had given Sunder as a "gift" to the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur. The court also refused to stay its order, even though the senior counsel representing Kore requested as much. PETA was represented in the matter by Senior Counsel Shiraz Rustomjee and Counsel Rohan Rajadhyaksha, who were instructed by K Ashar & Co. Advocates & Solicitors, which was on record for PETA. Sunder is now slated to be transferred to the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC) in Bangalore.

    The Jyotiba temple came into possession of Sunder in 2007, but after constant chaining and beatings came to light, Maharashtra Minister of Forests Dr Patangrao Kadam and the Project Elephant division of the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued orders for Sunder's release to a sanctuary on 21 August 2012 and 9 November 2012, respectively. However, those orders were never carried out, and Sunder was then spirited away at the behest of Kore and hidden in an old poultry shed, where he remained in chains. In December 2013, PETA obtained video footage showing that his mahout was violently beating him, and veterinarians and elephant experts who examined Sunder found him scarred, wounded and chained so tightly that he couldn't lie down.

    PETA India is now calling on Maharashtra Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Sarjan Bhagat to implement the court's order quickly, before Sunder can be harmed again.

    The campaign for his release spanned 21 months, as people in India and around the world worked to save him from his abusers. PETA thanks everyone who sent letters to authorities calling for his release and who helped with the campaign in other ways. PETA will keep working until Sunder is safe and happy in his new home. 

  • Baby 'Smokes' Cigar in New PETA Ad

    Written by PETA

    In honour of World Health Day (7 April), PETA's cigar-smoking toddler has something to say!


    The ad, which is featured on a new billboard in Amritsar, Punjab, was created to remind people that just as we should put down the cigarettes, we should also put down the chicken drumsticks and pick up heart-healthy vegan foods instead.

    The rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes – all linked to a bad diet – have been soaring in recent years, and Punjab has been leading the charge. Its cancer cases exceed the national average. Experts say heart disease is even increasing among our youth, especially those from Punjab. A high prevalence of diabetes has also been found in the state.

    Parents would never dream of giving their children cigarettes, but they shouldn't give them meat, milk or eggs, either. The consumption of animal products has been directly linked to increased rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, just like smoking. The risk of developing heart disease is 50 per cent higher among meat-eaters, and adopting a meat-free diet has been shown to reverse heart disease and prevent heart attacks. Scientists have also found that vegetarians have only 40 per cent of the cancer rate of meat-eaters!

    Dangerous to our health, eating meat is also a killer of the environment and animals. Raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation, and a recent UN report concluded that a global shift towards a plant-based diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. And animals killed for food suffer terribly.

    So how about kicking that unhealthy and inhumane meat habit? Pledge to go vegan for World Health Day!

     

     

     

     

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