Written by PETA
When he's not acting, producing and modelling, Arjun Rampal makes time to help animals, including joining PETA in a successful call for relief for bullocks, who were once forced to haul kerosene carts in Mumbai. Now, Arjun is appealing to the Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city, calling the industry "a perpetual cycle of abuse".
Horses in Mumbai are worked to exhaustion, and many collapse. When they are too tired and sick to continue, they are whipped. Horses develop crippling lameness and chronic illnesses, for which they rarely receive veterinary care. The ramshackle stables in which they are housed are unlicensed and filthy and offer little protection from the elements or biting insects. As Arjun says, "The manner in which these magnificent animals are treated is a crime".
Please ask Mumbai's Municipal Commissioner to ban horse-drawn carriages.
Bowing to pressure from PETA and after hearing from the statutory body Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Jaipur's Elephant Festival has been changed so that elephants are not used. This means that elephants will not be forced to give rides or participate in tug-of-war and polo matches.
Elephants used in public displays are controlled through the use of ankuses – heavy batons with a sharp hook on the end – or wooden sticks. Elephants comply because they know they will be hit if they don't. When not performing, they spend most of their lives chained by two or more legs, barely able to take a step in any direction.
In response to a PETA complaint, the AWBI weighed in on the matter, agreeing that the event was not only illegal (since organisers failed to apply for or receive the proper approval) but also not in the best interests of the elephants.
The festival will still offer fun events like races, a turban tying competition, human tug-of-war, fireworks and great music. And it will be all the more entertaining since dispirited, depressed elephants won't be forced to participate.
If a local event in your area exploits elephants or other animals, speak out! Even "traditions" can and do change for the better.
Written by Erika-G
While almost all of us have fallen victim to a good-natured April Fools' prank at one time or another, this year PETA has an idea for a "trick" that's really a "treat": fool your family (or yourself) with delicious mock meat.
Unlike conventional meat, vegan meat is high in healthy plant protein and fibre, low in saturated fat and free of cholesterol. Simply substitute versatile vegan meat in any recipe that calls for animal flesh. With its fooled-you flavour, you'll never know the difference!
Here are two recipes to try:
Tease Your Taste Buds Thai Red 'Chicken'
2 tsp olive oil
500 g mock chicken pieces
2 Tbsp red Thai curry paste
1 cup zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
1/2 cup carrots, sliced
1 onion, diced
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 can light coconut milk
Makes 4 servings
This recipe was adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/thai-red-chicken-curry/.
2 Tbsp chilli powder
2 Tbsp turmeric powder
2 Tbsp ginger paste
2 Tbsp garlic paste
10 small pieces mock chicken
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
3 Tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp white poppy seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
5 green cardamom pods
5 black peppercorns
5 cinnamon sticks
1 cup onions, chopped and fried
Oil, for sautéing
1 pinch asafoetida
6 whole red chillies, fried
1 tomato, diced
1 1/2 cups water
Juice 3 lemons
Coriander leaves, for garnish
This recipe was adapted from http://cooks.ndtv.com/recipe/show/chicken-kolhapuri-176180.
Now that you see how easy it is to fool even the most diehard meat-eater, why not do it every day – by going vegan and dishing up healthy, animal-friendly delights for your family members and friends? To help you get started, we've got vegan recipes galore on our website, or order our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit by writing to Info@petaindia.org.
The festival of Holi signifies joy,
love, happiness and friendship. Share the sentiment of the holiday by showing
love and respect for animals too: pledge to drink vegan thandai.
To meet the demand for milk and other
dairy products, cows and buffaloes are raised on factory farms and spend most
of their days confined to tiny stalls. Many farmers inject these animals with
the illegal drug oxytocin, believing that the drug will cause the animals to
produce unnaturally large quantities of milk. Animals injected with oxytocin
often suffer from severe stomach cramps that are similar to labour pains. So
that humans can consume cow's milk, calves are often torn away from their
mothers or simply abandoned or sold for slaughter.
Also, cow's milk is for cows, not
humans. It does a body good to avoid milk and other dairy products. Dairy
consumption contributes to the onset of diabetes, obesity and respiratory
problems. Soya milk is not only the smart choice but also the kind choice, and
it is just one alternative to animal milk. You can also enjoy coconut, rice and
almond milks on cereal, in coffee, tea and shakes and in sweets – such as
1/2 Tbsp aniseed
1 Tbsp almonds
1 Tbsp dried watermelon seeds
1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 cup fresh rose petals
2 cups water
1 litre soya milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
2-3 strands saffron
Make 3 servings
Bollywood hottie Jacqueline Fernandez and Lakmé Fashion Week have teamed up with PETA India to promote the adoption of dogs who are languishing in animal shelters or living in the streets. The theme for the campaign is "Fashion for Paws Not a Faux Pas. Rescuing Dogs Makes the Best Fashion Statement".
"Nothing is more rewarding than giving a lonely dog or cat a new lease on life", says Fernandez, who has also joined with PETA to urge the Mumbai government to ban horse carriages from the city. "These animals are eager for acceptance and love, and the best part is that they also enjoy returning it!"
Across India, stray dogs and cats struggle to survive on the streets while countless other dogs and cats languish in animal shelters for lack of enough good homes. People can bring joy into the life of a homeless dog or cat – and into their own lives – by adopting a lovable and loving homeless animal.
Make a difference for homeless dogs! You can also sign our pledge to choose to adopt if you have the time, space and resources to care for a dog or cat. Always get your animal companions sterilised!
Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) has teamed up with PETA India to promote the adoption of dogs who are languishing in shelters or living on the street. The theme for the campaign is "Fashion for Paws Not a Faux Pas. Rescuing Dogs Makes the Best Fashion Statement":
Countless stray dogs and cats struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them starve to death or are injured, hit by vehicles or abused. Others are left to languish in animal shelters because there aren't enough good homes for them. So, to take a bite out of the homeless-animal crisis, PETA encourages everyone to have their animal companions sterilised.
Compassion never goes out of style. You can also make a difference by choosing to adopt a homeless dog or cat if you have the time, space and resources to do so. Additionally, always get your animal companions sterilised in order to avoid contributing to the number of homeless dogs and cats.
After hearing from PETA India, the Dental Council of India Officiating Secretary Dr SK Ojha has informed us that animals will no longer be used to teach both undergraduate and postgraduate dental students.
Writes Ojha, "I am directed to say that the Executive Committee of the Dental Council of India in its meeting held on 22nd February 2013 at New Delhi considered [PETA India's] email dated 8.2.2013 thereby inter-alias asking to remove the procedures that required the use of animals from the practical curriculum for training dental students and after discussion & deliberations decided [not to] promote/use … animals for teaching & training dentistry to the dental students."
The Dental Council of India joins the Medical Council of India, the Pharmacy Council of India and the University Grants Commission which – following an extensive PETA campaign and efforts by progressive scientists, MP Maneka Gandhi and other caring groups or individuals – were issued guidelines by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to stop dissection and experimentation on animals for training both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Wrote MoEF Secretary Dr Tishya Chatterjee, "Now a days effective alternatives in the form of CD's, computer simulations, mannikin/models, in-vitro methods, etc. are available and they are not only effective and absolute replacements to the use of animals in teaching anatomy/physiology but they are also superior pedagogic tools in the teaching of Pharmacy/Life sciences".
Despite these guidelines, several universities continue to use animals. PETA has forwarded several complaints received from whistleblowers to the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experimentation on Animals.
Ready to cut out classroom dissection? Teachers and professors, request your free virtual dissection software today! (Please note that this offer is available only to educators in India.)
Just in time for Lakmé Fashion Week, PETA India is launching our new
"PETA-Approved Vegan" logo by recognising the best cruelty-free
contributions to the fashion world with our first-ever "PETA-Approved
Vegan Fashion Awards", honouring the creators and producers of brilliant
And the winners are:
Most Stylish Men's Evening Wear: Rohit Bal
Most Stylish Women's Evening Wear: Gavin Miguel
Most Stylish Men's Casual Wear: Wendell Rodricks
Most Stylish Women's Casual Wear: Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna
Most Stylish Lehenga: Vikram Phadnis
Most Stylish Salwar Kameez: Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla
Most Stylish Sherwani: Anita Dongre
Most Stylish Men's Jacket: Shantanu & Nikhil
Most Stylish Women's Jacket: So Fake
Most Stylish Kurti: Anupamaa Dayal
Most Stylish Women's Wallet: Rocky S
Most Stylish Men's Wallet: Baggit
Most Stylish Women's Handbag: Guess
Most Stylish Men's Bag: Nike
Most Stylish Women's Shoes: Rinaa Shah
Most Stylish Men's Shoes: Jack & Jones
Most Stylish Women's Sneakers: Adidas
Most Stylish Men's Sneakers: Puma
Most Stylish Women's Belt: Vero Moda
Most Stylish Men's Belt: Fastrack
Most Stylish Women's Watch: Casio
Most Stylish Men's Watch: Seiko
Most Talented New Designer: Masaba Gupta
Best Vegan Company for Accessories: V-Designs
Best Vegan Company for Men: Compassion Avenue
Best Vegan Company for Shoes: Senso Vegetarian Shoes
Best Vegan Company for Handbags: Princesse K
To make sure that it's super-easy to find great
clothing and accessories that don't cause animals to suffer, designers and retailers can connect with PETA
about using our new logo on vegan goods in order to help shoppers identify the
fabulous cruelty-free items that they offer. If you're a designer or retailer
interested in using this logo, please write to us at Info@petaindia.org.
So shoppers, just
remember to look for PETA's new logo to find hot styles made from pleather,
faux silk, fake snake and other cruelty-free fabrics!
You've seen us win campaigns, admired our stunning celebrity
ads, taken notice of our eye-catching demonstrations on the streets, watched
our hard-hitting undercover investigations, listened to our campaigners talk
about animal rights issues on TV and taken action with us online, but have you ever
met the person behind all this work? Today, 8 March, is International Women's
Day, so we thought it was the perfect occasion to introduce the woman behind
our success: Meet Poorva Joshipura!
Born in the US, Poorva has proved her commitment
towards helping animals by working for various PETA affiliates globally before
becoming our dynamic Chief Executive Officer. Poorva is also the Vice President of
International Affairs for PETA UK, which makes her the youngest vice president of
any PETA affiliates.
Poorva's known for her bold campaigning style. She has
personally conducted numerous undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and
other facilities in which animals are abused in India, has confined herself to
a cage in Nairobi to demonstrate the plight of chickens killed for their flesh
and successfully stopped a US-based animal supplier to laboratories from
expanding its business to Europe, among other achievements. She was even jailed
for disrupting a Michael Kors fashion show during New York Fashion Week to
protest against his use of fur.
Read on to learn what Poorva's got to say:
How did you
end up working for PETA?
For as long as I can remember, I've enjoyed learning
about animals. I remember watching wildlife documentaries with my father when I
was as young as 3, and I have fond memories of my grandmother as she set out
water for birds and squirrels. But when I was young, I ate meat, I wore
leather, I used products tested on animals and I went to the zoo and the
circus. Although I respected animals, because the use of animals is so
entrenched in our society, I did not realise that my daily actions caused a
lifetime of suffering and cruelty to animals. That is, until I met a girl in
school named Natalie. We became good friends, and she introduced me to
literature from PETA US. I vowed never to knowingly harm animals again after
reading their Animal Times magazine and
decided to go vegan. Natalie now works for PETA Foundation US, while I am the Chief
Executive Officer of PETA India.
the challenges that you have faced with being associated with PETA India?
We don't have the big budget of large corporations to
help us reach out to people, and the nature of our work is to expose cruelty so
hideous that sometimes television networks refuse to air it. As a result, we
need to be cutting edge. We rely on our own boldness and creativity to get animal
issues noticed. We are not afraid of doing something unusual and often act as
billboards ourselves through eye-catching street theatre–style demonstrations.
We put animals first and leave personal hang-ups against doing something
it that fires you up about animal rights?
We know a lot more today than we did in the past about
animals. We know that they are thinking, feeling, emotional, sensitive beings –
just as we are. This makes what we do as a society to animals for a fleeting
moment of taste or for a belt or a shoe even more unacceptable.
Chickens, for example, are inquisitive and interesting
animals whose cognitive abilities, scientists now tell us, are in some cases
more advanced than those of cats, dogs and even some primates.
Fish and Fisheries cited
more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence, proving that fish, too, are
smart, that they can use tools and that they have impressive long-term memories
and sophisticated social structures.
Cows are very intelligent animals who can remember
things for a long time. Animal behaviourists have found that cows interact in
socially complex ways, developing friendships over time and sometimes holding
grudges against other cows (and people) who treat them badly.
What can people
do to help animals?
Log on to PETAIndia.com to take part in action alerts.
Volunteer at an animal shelter to take dogs for walks and to help them with
adopt-a-thons. Set up an information stall at your college fests (PETA can
provide you with materials). Arrange a screening of PETA's investigative
videos. You can order a free copy of "Glass Walls", our video exposé
of the cruelty of the meat and dairy industries, to show your family and
friends. Share PETA's investigative videos online. Encourage people to become a
member of PETA India. And most importantly, speak up whenever you see cruelty.
keeps you going when you're not at work? What do you like doing in your free
I love hanging out with my rescued dog, Mr Mehboob. He
was found near Mehboob Studios during a shoot with Celina Jaitly against
cruelty to animals in laboratories, thus the name. We go for long walks along
the Bandra seafront in Mumbai over the weekends. I love hanging out with family
and friends, exploring and learning – by travelling, reading, watching films,
trying new cuisines. I'm always up for a new adventure. My favourite, however,
is to travel and meet people from different cultures. It's always good to have
an opportunity to see life from a different perspective.
Since her acting debut in the blockbuster Dabangg, Sonakshi Sinha has been capturing film awards non-stop. But now
the Bollywood beauty is capturing hearts with a new film that she shot for PETA
India urging everyone always to adopt their animals instead of buying them and have them sterilised. The
stunning video was directed by top Bollywood director Tarun Mansukhani. Sonakshi’s hair and make-up was done by Nileysh
Sonakshi speaks from experience – she has always rescued her companion
animals, including her beloved dog, Nancy, whom Sonakshi spent 14 happy years
with before Nancy passed away. As a long-time PETA India supporter, Sonakshi
was excited to encourage her fans to experience the joy that comes from saving
a cat or dog from the street or offering an animal in a shelter a loving
You can help. Share Sonakshi's video with your
family and friends and take this pledge always to have your companion dog or cat sterilized.
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