Written by PETA
Just one day after a bull died from a head-on
collision with a moving passenger bus, an inspector authorised by the Animal
Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory body under the Ministry of
Environment and Forests, reported that a bull sustained a crippling leg and
fetlock joint fracture during the jallikattu event held on Tuesday, 15 January
2013, in Palamedu.
The terrified bull
was being chased by a mob carrying sticks on a narrow road. In an effort to
protect himself, the panicked bull jumped more than 10 feet off the road and
onto a field.
No medical aid was supplied
to the bull, who sustained a fractured leg, until 90 minutes after the
incident, and the help that was eventually provided came only after the AWBI
inspector pleaded with the police and other authorities to arrange help.
The inspector also
reported seeing participants beat animals, twist their tailbones and poke them with
sickles and knives. He even saw police hit, poke and prod bulls with their lathis.
inspector observed organizers forcibly rubbing a bull's nose and eyes with a
liquid in order to disorient him.
PETA is now calling
on authorities to ban jallikattu since it puts both animals' and people's lives
at risk. You can help stop this.
by the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body under the Ministry of
Environment and Forests, report that during the jallikattu event held on
Monday, 14 January 2013, in Avaniapuram, Madurai, a bull died from a head-on
collision with a moving passenger bus because of the absence of a contained
collection area for the bulls, which is a violation of the Madurai bench of the
Chennai High Court guidelines that are intended to regulate jallikattu.
Participants forcing fluids, likely liquor, down
the bulls' throats.
The terrified bull
ended up in the accident on the main road after running frantically away from
jallikattu participants who had been chasing and deliberately agitating him.
Other panicked bulls also ran from the jallikattu area onto the main road into
the midst of oncoming traffic. The inspectors reported that no veterinarians
could be found at the scene of the death and also witnessed cruelties, such as
a person biting the tail of a bull, other people poking bulls with knives and
twisting their tailbones and organisers poking and beating animals with wooden
sticks and forcing fluids, likely liquor, down the bulls' throats.
Panicked bull ran from the jallikattu area onto
the main road into the midst of oncoming traffic.
Although the Ministry
of Environment and Forests issued a notification which banned the use of bulls
as performing animals – thereby banning jallikattu – the Tamil Nadu government
is supporting and permitting jallikattu to be held throughout the state. Jallikattu
supporters claim that the events are being held under High Court and Supreme
Court guidelines. However, PETA contends that the guidelines are meaningless
because they do not prevent the cruelty to animals inherent during jallikattu
or stop participants and spectators from getting hurt. During jallikattu,
terrified bulls are chased, kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground
and otherwise tormented – acts that violate the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals Act, 1960.
Bull died from a head-on collision with a moving
passenger during jallikattu.
PETA is calling on authorities
to ban jallikattu since it puts both animals' and people's lives at risk. You
can help by taking action here.
is PETA India's 13th birthday! Like all teenagers, we are cool, fun, energetic
and outspoken. PETA Youth, PETA's
vocal young division, can often be found promoting animal rights at college
festivals and concerts, and we love to be active on Twitter and Facebook.
pretty tech-savvy, if we do say so ourselves, using social-networking sites and
viral videos like "Glass
Walls", narrated by R Madhavan, to
make others aware of why they shouldn't eat animals, as well as other important
animal rights issues.
don't mind being "different" if we can make people think more about
serious issues that they'd prefer not to think about. That's why we bodypainted ourselves to
urge people to eat "green" by going vegan.
actions might ruffle some feathers sometimes – such as when we urged consumers
to choose Jet Airways over
Air India since the former has a policy against transporting animals to
laboratories while Air India continues to transport animals to their cruel
deaths – but we're always going to speak up for what's right.
tabs on current affairs, too, and even told Kingfisher Airlines that we'd help
the company out if it painted our colourful and informative pro-vegan impotence
ad on its
crazy about celebrities, as most teenagers are, and many stars are even crazy
about us! We've got a long list of A-list celebrity supporters, including Imran Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Lara Dutta and
more. Teens look up to them, and they're great role models.
we mention that we also love sports?
of all, we care about all living
beings, including chickens, fish, bulls, sheep, monkeys, mice, elephants and
rats. We even teach
youngsters to be kind and respectful to animals as well as people.
go ahead – enjoy some vegan cake in honour of PETA's 13th birthday.
Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated."
We may call cows used for their milk "mothers",
but we don't always treat them with respect. Cows used for their milk are among
the most abused animals in the country, made to endure rape and the kidnapping of
their young before they are murdered.
At a time when India is rightly focused on improving the lives of women, let's
be sure not to leave our female animal friends behind. As PETA founder Ingrid E
Newkirk has said, "When it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear,
a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights
Rape: When a female human is forcibly and
involuntarily violated sexually, it's called "rape". When female cows
are forcibly and involuntary violated sexually, it's called "artificial insemination".
To impregnate a cow –
without her consent – a person jams his or her arm
far into the cow's rectum in order to locate and position the uterus and then
forces an instrument into her vagina. The cow is defenseless to stop it.
those in the dairy industry recognize that cows are victims: the device used to
restrain cows for this invasive procedure is called a "rape rack".
Kidnapping: There is no such thing as
a "dairy cow". Like human mothers, cows produce milk to nourish their
babies. In the dairy industry, calves are stolen from their mothers immediately
after they are born so that the milk meant for them can be consumed by humans. Their
mothers cry out in vain, calling to their lost young ones. During PETA's
investigation of the Indian dairy industry, we found male calves whose mouths
were tied shut with ropes so that they couldn't cry out when they were hungry.
These babies are then left to die a slow, agonising death in a corner. Once or
twice a week, a haath gaadi wala comes by and picks up the dead bodies and
sometimes dying calves and takes them to be skinned for calf leather. Female
calves will follow the same doomed path as their mothers and grandmothers.
Murder: Cows can naturally live up to 18 years, but cows
used for dairy production generally only live until their milk production wanes,
when they are sent to slaughterhouses to be killed for their meat and skin.
They are crammed onto vehicles in such high numbers that many suffocate, are
inadvertently gouged by others' horns or die en route. At the slaughterhouse,
their throats are hacked at with dull knives. Often, dismembering begins before
they lose consciousness.
Let's work together to end the exploitation of all living beings. One simple but important step that we can take towards
creating a kinder society is to leave meat, eggs and dairy products off our
votes have been counted, and the judges have completed their deliberations.
PETA India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2012 are Vidya Balan and Amitabh
Vidya Balan is
known in Bollywood as a "female hero", and we have to agree. This
brainy beauty is quick to credit her vegetarian diet with keeping her healthy,
and we're quick to credit her with saving hundreds of animal lives. Congratulations are in order for Vidya for another
reason, too: she just married Siddharth Roy Kapur last month. We're sure that the
wedding reception was full of heavenly vegetarian dishes.
is no stranger to sharing the screen with Amitabh Bachchan since
the two have starred together in Eklavya: The Royal Guard and Paa – and now the duo is sharing Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity honours. Amitabh's
father chose his son's name because it means "the light that will never go
off", and Amitabh has certainly lived up to his moniker. As one of the
most acclaimed Bollywood stars and one of India's most influential vegetarians, Amitabh is a hero for both
humans and other animals.
Congratulations, Vidya and Amitabh!
Want to eat like a star? Request a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit packed with everything you
need by writing to JalajK@petaindia.org.
Don't forget to include your full postal address.
is the latest weekend trend, so why not start 2013 off right by inviting your
friends to a nice leisurely vegan brunch this Sunday? Here are some easy,
ethical, healthy and tasty recipes you can try.
2 cups old-fashioned
1/4–1/2 cup organic brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 block silken tofu
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
milk, sliced bananas, strawberries, peanut or almond butter
Makes 4 servingsThis recipe comes from OneGreenPlanet.org.
Chickpea Flour Omelette
1 Tbsp flaxmeal1/2 cup warm water1 Tbsp oat flour, flax meal or chia seed meal1/4 tsp salt1/8 tsp black salt (kala namak)1/8 tsp garlic powder Pinch turmeric1/2 tsp baking powder1/3 cup chickpea flour (besan)1/2 cup mixed vegetables (onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and carrots work well), chopped 1/2 jalapeño or serrano pepper, finely chopped (or use black pepper or cayenne, to taste)1/3 cup chopped spinach or greens, plus more for garnish1 tsp nutritional yeast
Serve with ketchup, toast and hash browns.
Makes one large or two small omelettes
This recipe comes from Sharan-India.org.
3 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced 1/2 cup minced onion3 Tbsp diced red bell peppers1/2 cup chopped mushrooms300 g firm tofu, drained and crumbled1/2 tsp turmeric1/2 tsp salt1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
Makes 4 servingsThis recipe comes from HomeCookingAdventure.com.
Baked Potato Wedges
4 medium potatoes, washed and cut into wedges1 tsp paprika1/4 tsp chilli powder (optional)1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional)Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste3 Tbsp oilGreen onions, chopped (for garnish)
Makes 4 servings
You'll find more great vegan recipes here and here. And to give animals plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2013, get your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit from PETA India by writing to JalajK@petaindia.org along with your address and contact details.
the oven to 220°C.
the potato wedges in a large bowl. Add the paprika, chilli powder, garlic
powder, salt, pepper and oil and toss gently to coat.
the wedges in a single layer on a greased baking tray.
The year 2012 was filled with so many victories and
achievements for animals, it's not possible to list them all in one blog. Here
are just a few of the highlights:
Thank you for everything you did for animals in
2012. We look forward to sharing many more victories with you in 2013.
Eve is all about having fun, which is why PETA has come up with three fun, easy
recipes that will wow your party guests. And if some of your guests aren't
already vegan, what better way to win them over than with food that will have
them begging for seconds?
Muhammara and Garlic-Olive Breadsticks
1 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts
2 dried red
vegan bread (preferably thick slices)
Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower 'Wings'
cup water or soya milk
1 cup flour (any kind will work – even gluten-free!)
2 tsp garlic powder
1 head cauliflower, chopped into pieces
1 cup hot sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil or melted vegan margarine
alongside vegan blue cheese
Baked Tomato, Garlic and Basil Bruschetta Bites
15 sugar plum tomatoes,
12 basil leaves, cut into ribbons
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 loaf French baguette, thinly sliced
Now you can
just sit back and enjoy the compliments into the wee hours of the morning. From
all of us at PETA, Happy New Year – and bon
popular actor R Madhavan is receiving a prestigious award, but this
time, it isn't related to his prolific and enduring film career. That's because
he's been named PETA's Person of the
Year for his outstanding support of PETA in helping us make this world a better
place for animals.
Madhavan – a long-time
vegetarian, the narrator of the compelling "Glass Walls" video and,
of course, an immensely popular actor – actively promotes vegetarianism as the best way
to help stop animal suffering, reduce pollution, fight climate change and
improve human health.
The star of such blockbusters as Rang
De Basanti, Guru and 3 Idiots bolstered PETA's Kentucky Fried
Cruelty campaign by sending a letter on PETA's behalf to the CEO of KFC parent
company, Yum! Brands, urging him to adopt PETA's recommendations to stop the
worst abuses of chickens who are killed for KFC – including scalding birds to
death. Also, his son recently donated money that he received for his seventh
birthday to further PETA's work. One of Madhavan's most significant
contributions to PETA was his offer to narrate PETA's hard-hitting video exposé
of the meat industry called "Glass Walls", which was named for fellow
vegetarian Paul McCartney's thought-provoking observation that if "slaughterhouses
had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian".
you see what goes on inside slaughterhouses, I think you'll lose your appetite
for animal flesh, too", Madhavan says in the video. "Animals feel
pain, just as people do. They value their lives, just as we value ours."
He concludes by saying, "I hope you'll also make the compassionate choice and
If you agree, please take the pledge to go vegetarian
with R Madhavan today!
In a landmark move, 70 beagles who were imported
from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore,
have been released to People For Animals and Blue Cross Chennai following a
rigorous campaign for their release by PETA India and these groups. The dogs have been
removed from quarantine and handed over to animal protection groups with the
permission of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and
through efforts made internally in government by MP Maneka Gandhi.
The rescue was
approved after PETA notified the Committee for the Purpose of Control and
Supervision of Experimentation on Animals that it was falsely stated on an
Animal Quarantine & Certification Service document that the dogs were
"pets", rather than for experiments. PETA also learned that Cathay
Pacific Airways, which has a strict policy against transporting animals to
laboratories, was misinformed by the supplier, Beijing Marshall Biotechnology
Co., Ltd., that the dogs would not be used or killed in a laboratory.
More than fifty thousand
people from around the world sent e-mails to authorities calling for the dogs'
release. Actor Trisha Krishnan
also sent a heartfelt letter to the government calling for the dogs’ release.
Many other celebrities helped by tweeting about the campaign and encouraging
their fans to write.
the Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan flew to
Chennai to personally inspect the 70 beagles. PETA commends and thanks Minister
Natarajan for giving the serious attention to this case that it deserves", says PETA's Science Policy
Advisor, Dr Chaitanya Kumar. "PETA India invites people who are ready to
make the lifelong commitment to caring for a dog to adopt these puppies and
give them the loving home that they were almost denied."
beagles because of their friendly and docile nature. Beagles in laboratories
spend their lonely lives in cages and are often poisoned with drugs, burned
with chemicals or cut open in experimental surgical procedures. At the end of
most of these experiments, they are killed and dissected.
Anyone in the Chennai area interested in
adopting one of the rescued dogs is invited to contact People For Animals (email@example.com) or Blue Cross Chennai (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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