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14 Photos That Will Change Your Mind About Wool

Written by PETA

Posted 07-31-2014, 05:14 PM

You’ve never seen anything like this before. These photos will make you think twice about buying that wool sweater or scarf.

Disturbing PETA US eyewitness investigations – the first of their kind – reveal that workers threw, beat, stamped on, kicked, mutilated and killed sheep as they sheared them in Australia, the world’s top wool exporter, and in the US.

Slaughtered Sheep

Unprofitable Australian sheep are often shipped to the Middle East to be slaughtered or are killed on farms. This animal's butchered remains were left in full view of other sheep.

Unprofitable Australian sheep are often shipped to the Middle East to be slaughtered or are killed on farms. This animal’s butchered remains were left in full view of other sheep.

Sheep Whose Neck Was Broken

A shearer repeatedly twisted and bent this sheep's neck, breaking it. The shearer kicked the sheep head-first down a chute. PETA US' investigator found her dead.

A shearer repeatedly twisted and bent this sheep’s neck, breaking it. The shearer kicked the sheep head-first down a chute. PETA US’ investigator found her dead.

Ram Left to Die Overnight in Trailer

Workers hauled this ram into a trailer to be sheared and left him like this overnight. He was found dead in the morning, and a shearer cut the wool off his corpse.

Workers hauled this ram into a trailer to be sheared and left him like this overnight. He was found dead in the morning, and a shearer cut the wool off his corpse.

Sheep Who Died During Shearing

This sheep died while her wool was being clipped off. A shearing crew boss said of sheep who die during shearing, "It happens … every year".

This sheep died while her wool was being clipped off. A shearing crew boss said of sheep who die during shearing, “It happens … every year”.

Sheep Deprived of Food and Water

Food and water are withheld, sometimes overnight, in part so that the sheep will put up less resistance when shearers are handling them.

Food and water are withheld, sometimes overnight, in part so that the sheep will put up less resistance when shearers are handling them.

Severely Crowded Sheep

Sheep are kept in extremely crowded pens.

Sheep are kept in extremely crowded pens.

Crudely Stitched Shearing Wound on Abdomen

Workers didn't give sheep any painkillers before pushing needles through their flesh to try to close gaping, bloody wounds caused by shearing.

Workers didn’t give sheep any painkillers before pushing needles through their flesh to try to close gaping, bloody wounds caused by shearing.

Pieces of Sheep’s Skin

Shearers cut off large swaths of sheep's skin, such as these, along with their wool and often wounded the animals. The investigators never saw any wounded sheep receive veterinary care.

Shearers cut off large swaths of sheep’s skin, such as these, along with their wool and often wounded the animals. The investigators never saw any wounded sheep receive veterinary care.

Skin Attached to Wool

Chunks of sheep's skin – up to 4 inches long – were found so often that one farm had a box marked "Skin," into which wool handlers tossed pieces of flesh.

Chunks of sheep’s skin – up to 4 inches long – were found so often that one farm had a box marked “Skin,” into which wool handlers tossed pieces of flesh.

Blood-Stained Wool

PETA US' investigator often found blood-soaked pieces of wool after shearers, who work quickly and roughly, severely cut sheep's bodies – even cutting at least one sheep's penis.

PETA US’ investigator often found blood-soaked pieces of wool after shearers, who work quickly and roughly, severely cut sheep’s bodies – even cutting at least one sheep’s penis.

Rotted Lamb Testicles

Farmers put rings around lambs' scrotums without anaesthetics in order to castrate them. Wool handlers sometimes found testicles and scrotums that shearers had cut off on the floor.

Farmers put rings around lambs’ scrotums without anaesthetics in order to castrate them. Wool handlers sometimes found testicles and scrotums that shearers had cut off on the floor.

Lamb Scrotum

Another "ball bag" – the testicles and scrotum cut off by a shearer along with the wool – was found on the floor.

Another “ball bag” – the testicles and scrotum cut off by a shearer along with the wool – was found on the floor.

Sheep Pushed Down Ramp

Shorn sheep were often thrown and kicked down chutes. This animal lay in danger of being trampled by the next sheep shoved down the ramp until PETA US' investigator helped her stand up

Shorn sheep were often thrown and kicked down chutes. This animal lay in danger of being trampled by the next sheep shoved down the ramp until PETA US’ investigator helped her stand up

Lame Sheep After Shearing

This sheep, who could not stand, was sheared and then dragged across the ground and outside a shed. She was left to lie like this, without water.

This sheep, who could not stand, was sheared and then dragged across the ground and outside a shed. She was left to lie like this, without water.

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Order Your FREE Raksha Bandhan PETA Pack TODAY

Written by PETA Youth

Posted 07-31-2014, 10:32 AM

Let this Raksha Bandhan inspire you to urge your friends to “Be a Bro for Animals” and make choices that don’t harm our furred, finned and feathered brothers and sisters. We’ll help you get started with a free PETA Raksha Bandhan Information Pack, full of helpful information, including our popular vegan starter kit (get ready for some truly tasty recipes), a festive PETA rakhi for your brothers and friends and a copy of the video “Glass Walls“, which exposes slaughterhouse atrocities.

E-mail Youth@petaindia.org by noon on Tuesday, 5 August, to order your free Raksha Bandhan Information Pack.

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What are five actions that you can encourage your brothers and friends to take in order to “Be a Bro for Animals”? We thought you’d never ask. You can urge them to:

  1. Try vegan! Billions of animals are killed for food every year. By eliminating animal-derived foods from their diet, they will save lives, help the environment and reduce their risk of life-threatening diseases. Help even more animals by watching “Glass Walls” with your brothers and friends to inspire them.
  2. Take action to ban the abuse of animals in circuses.
  3. Be a caring consumer and buy only cruelty-free products that aren’t tested on animals.
  4. Compassionate fashion is “in”. Pledge not to support the cruel leather industry by wearing faux leather and other stylish cruelty-free fabrics.
  5. Join PETA’s Street Team to help abused, exploited and neglected animals.

 

But that’s not all! We want to see pictures of your Raksha Bandhan fun. E-mail Youth@petaindia.org images of yourself tying a PETA rakhi or using items from your Raksha Bandhan Information Pack, and your photo could be featured on our website, Facebook page or Twitter page.

Read our privacy policy here. This mission is only open to people who live in India.

 

 

 

Renowned Physician to Give Life-Saving Health Talks in Mumbai

Written by PETA

Posted 07-30-2014, 09:33 AM

John A McDougall, a physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegan foods, is bringing his “The McDougall Dietary Plan for Health and Disease Reversal” talk to Mumbai.

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The events are being held in association with Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature (SHARAN), a nongovernmental organisation working towards making India diabetes-free and healthy.

With 30 years of research and successful results, Dr McDougall has helped thousands of people reverse degenerative diseases such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, peptic ulcers, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune disorders and more through the adoption of a low-fat, whole foods– and plant-based vegan diet.

Mark Your Calendars

  • 30 July, 2 to 4 pm: Nanavati Hospital Auditorium, Vile Parle, Mumbai (for doctors)
  • 30 July, 5:30 to 7:30 pm: Able Disable All People Together (formerly The Spastics Society of India), KC Marg, next to Rang Sharda Hotel, diagonally opposite Lilavati Hospital, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West), Mumbai (open to the public)
  • 31 July, 2 to 4 pm: Saifee Hospital, near Charni Road Station, Mumbai (for doctors)

Each talk will last for approximately two hours and will include a half-hour Q&A session. All talks are FREE! No registration is required.

Donations to SHARAN to cover expenses will be accepted, and receipts with 80G exemption will be issued.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please visit www.drmcdougall.com and www.sharan-india.org.

Join in for some food for thought!

Vegan Eid al-Fitr Recipes From a PETA Mom

Written by PETA

Posted 07-24-2014, 03:05 PM

With Ramadan in full swing, many people find themselves daydreaming about food, from simple street treats to the most beloved concoctions from mom’s kitchen. This Eid al-Fitr, try breaking your fast with tasty vegan dishes from the cruelty-free kitchen of Nazneen Shakila Aziz, the mom of our media and celebrity projects specialist, Benazir Suraiya. In addition to being delectable, her scrumptious vegan masterpieces can be gobbled up guilt-free.

Below are two of Nazneen’s favourite traditional Eid al-Fitr recipes – veganised – for the big feast.

Vegan Seviyan

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100 ml refined vegetable oil
250 g vermicelli noodles
600 ml coconut milk
500 ml water
250 g sugar
1 Tbsp cardamom powder
50 g almonds, chopped
50 g cashews, chopped
50 g pistachios, chopped
50 g raisins

  • Heat the oil in a pan on high heat and fry the vermicelli until golden.
  • In another pan, stir the coconut milk, water and sugar together and cook on medium heat until a syrup if formed. Stir in the cardamom powder.
  • Pour the syrup into the pan of vermicelli and cook on medium heat until the noodles are soft. Add the almonds, cashews, pistachios and raisins – leaving enough to garnish with – and mix well.
  • Serve hot in a large bowl and garnish.

Makes 10 to 15 servings

 

Mock Lamb Shammi Kebab

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150 g chana dal (split Bengal gram)
3 medium onions
3 tsp cumin seed powder
3 tsp coriander seed powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp garam masala
500 g Sunshine (Everbest) mock lamb chunks
5 bay leaves
10 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
1 cup water
Salt, to taste
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
3 Tbsp corn flour
100 g cornflakes
Refined vegetable oil

  • Combine the chana dal, onions, ginger, garlic, chillies, cumin seed powder, coriander seed powder, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, garam masala, mock lamb chunks, bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, water and salt in a pressure cooker and cook for 4 to 5 whistles (approximately 10 minutes), or until the water evaporates.
  • Allow the mixture to cool, then remove the bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Grind the remaining mixture into a thick paste. Add the mint leaves and corn flour
  • Using your palm, shape a spoonful of the paste into a flat, round kebab. Repeat with the remaining paste.
  • Grind the cornflakes into a fine powder and coat the kebabs.
  • Heat the oil in a pan on high heat and fry the kebabs until golden.
  • Serve hot and garnish with onion and mint leaves.

Makes 10 to 15 servings

Still hungry? Check out Nazneen’s mouthwatering vegan dum biryani recipe and this soy keema and cruelty-free mutton curry.

 

 

 

 

 

What Will Prince George Receive for His Birthday?

Written by PETA

Posted 07-22-2014, 03:31 PM

You’re never too young to start learning the ropes of the family business, which is why PETA UK is marking Prince George‘s first birthday (22 July) by sending the youngest member of the Windsors his very own regal velvet robe trimmed with the softest faux fur, courtesy of The Throw Company Ltd.

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“Britain is known around the world as a nation of animal lovers, so we hope that in the coming years, Prince George will reflect British values by always insisting that his ceremonial robes be trimmed with compassionate faux fur”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Real fur is not only cruel to animals but also devastating to the environment. Pelts must be coated with a whole host of polluting chemicals to stop them from decomposing, so the eco-friendly faux trim should be a hit with the little prince’s grandfather, too!”

On fur farms, animals spend their entire lives in tiny, filthy cages before they are poisoned, bludgeoned, electrocuted or even skinned alive in order to produce fur coats, collars, cuffs and accessories for both adults and children. In China – which is now the world’s largest fur exporter – fur from cats and dogs is often falsely labelled as fur from other animals before it is exported.

A growing number of dignitaries in the UK, including many Lord Mayors, have brought their traditional robes in line with 21st century ethics by switching to cruelty-free faux trim after hearing from PETA UK.

PETA UK’s birthday gift for Prince George also includes a beautiful baby-blue faux-fur blanket, which is also from The Throw Company, to help keep the little prince warm as well as stylish.

How You Can Help
You can prevent such horrific cruelty by never wearing any fur. Take PETA’s pledge to be fur-free TODAY!

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Help Your Animal Friends on Friendship Day

Written by PETA Youth

Posted 07-19-2014, 05:40 PM


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If you are reading this post, you probably agree with us that animals are our friends. So what better way to show them how much we care on Friendship Day than by helping our human friends go vegan?

That’s why the theme of PETA’s Friendship Day celebration is “Friends Don’t Eat Friends.” And PETA is here to help you get that message across with a free Friendship Day pack!

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Each pack contains the following items:

And if you want to be extra-friendly, how about taking your newly vegan friends out for a vegan shake from Café Coffee Day or treating them with budget-friendly gifts?

How to Get Your Free Pack
Send your name, postal address, e-mail address and phone number to Youth@petaindia.org, and we’ll get your Friendship Day pack on its way to you. Be sure to write “Friendship Day pack request” in the subject line. Read our privacy policy here. This mission is only open to people who live in India.

After you get the pack, take some selfies and share the friendship bracelet, video or other information with your friends by 3 August. Send them to us at Youth@petaindia.org, and we’ll post the best images on PETA India’s Facebook page and Twitter feed so that you’ll have a chance to “share” the experience with your friends all over again. And don’t forget to share the images on your pages on social networking sites, too!

 

Are Your Rescued Cats Cuter Than Ours? Prove It!

Written by PETA

Posted 07-19-2014, 12:02 PM

Rescuing an animal is a win-win situation: you save a life and gain a best friend. With the Cutest Rescued Cat Contest deadline approaching, we’re sharing our own rescued cat stories to give you some pawbulous inspiration for your own contest entry. Check out these charming kitties who stole our hearts and our office space:

SOYA

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Soya has been with PETA for five and a half years. A victim of cruel children’s heartless games, Soya had her tail burned and was infested with maggots when we found him. Staffers took him in and treated his injuries. His amputated tail is now a healthy bob. Soya loves food (he claims stolen treats taste better), the ladies and protecting his friend Stripey. When he isn’t in a feisty mood, he’s busy snuggling with his lady love, Novu. They’ve somehow perfected the art of cuddling atop office swivel chairs.

NOVU

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Novu is a special, loving girl. Our CEO, Poorva Joshipura, was having coffee with a friend by the sea at the Novotel Hotel in Mumbai four years ago when she spotted a beautiful cat jumping onto tables in an outdoor area. She overheard some cruel people discussing how they would “get rid” of the cat, who, they said, visited the establishment daily, resulting in complaints from patrons. Poorva told them that what they were plotting was cruel and illegal, and she decided to take the kitty with her to ensure her safety. Novu has been a part of the PETA family ever since. As queen of the first floor, Novu loves visiting all the departments and giving out licks to her friends. She can often be found spooning with Soya.

STRIPEY

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Stripey has the kind of eyes that stare into your soul, which is why she’s the face of our Cutest Rescued Cat Contest. During the monsoon rains last year, she and four of her siblings were abandoned outside our office. After all her brothers and sisters found loving homes, we couldn’t resist adopting the curious ginger beauty. When she’s not busy leaping through the garden, she’s sizing up Mr. Mehboob, the office rescued dog.

BHOLU

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Bholu is a wise kitty. He wandered into our offices one day and declared it his home. Who can argue with that kind of determination? He may look a little scruffy around the edges (he says it lends to his mystique), but Bholu knows how to charm the ladies. He even captured Novu’s attention for a bit, much to Soya’s chagrin. Bholu is a huge fan of lunchtime and will paw at us for roti until he wins a treat. This cat knows what he wants and how to go after it!

DIANA

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Diana is our resident monarch. When she came by the office in search of food, we were helpless against her regal powers. She has a delicate, graceful manner that quickly enchanted the team, so naming her after Princess Diana was a no-brainer. Diana shows off her stunning patchwork around the office and likes playing with her paw pals Stripey and Bholu.

What’s your rescued cat’s story? Is he or she absolutely purrfect in your eyes? Does he or she deserve to win our Cutest Rescued Cat Contest? Enter now and find out if your feline family member has what it takes to win first place!

 

Mumbai Professor Protests Bull Torture in Pamplona

Written by PETA

Posted 07-16-2014, 03:30 PM

French literature professor Ashishwangh Limki Auvray, 43, travelled to Pamplona, Spain, to protest the city’s cruel Running of the Bulls  and the bullfights that follow it by posing in the famous white-and-red costumes but with her face painted white and her eyes painted black to resemble a ghost runner.

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Auvray – who grew up in the Five Gardens area of Mumbai, attended St Xavier’s College and is now teaching in Spain – is one of dozens of people who took part in the demonstration, which was held on 5 July, one day before the start of the Running of the Bulls. The protest was organised by PETA UK and the Spanish group AnimaNaturalis.

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Many people don’t realise that the bulls who are tortured in Pamplona’s bullring during the festival of San Fermín are the same ones who earlier in the day slipped and slid their way down the town’s narrow cobblestone streets. As shown in PETA UK’s video, narrated by Spanish music superstar Charo, each bull used in a fight is speared, stabbed and weakened until, finally, a matador attempts to sever the exhausted animal’s spine with a dagger. Sometimes, the bull drowns in his own blood before the dagger comes into play. Other times, he’s still alive as his broken, bleeding body is dragged out of the arena and left to await slaughter.

Bullfighting has been on the decline for years, with attendance decreasing and bullrings closing across countries that permit bullfights. The industry survives because of huge subsidies and tourists who unwittingly support the abusive events, even though an Ipsos MORI poll last year showed that 76 per cent of Spaniards oppose the use of public funds to support bullfighting.

“Tormenting and butchering animals can never be justified as entertainment”, Auvray says. “I’m happy to do whatever I can to expose the cruelty of the Running of the Bulls and bullfighting.”

Please help by joining Auvray and PETA supporters from around the world in asking for a ban on the Running of the Bulls.

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Behind the Scenes of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Written by PETA

Posted 07-11-2014, 06:08 PM

The storyline of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,  in theatres today, might feel familiar to some viewers.

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Photo credit: WETA TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox

A nation of apes has built a community, a home and a future. But it’s soon threatened by human interference. The film’s plot isn’t far from reality for the primates who are captured and forced to perform in the entertainment industry.  That’s why the team of ape enthusiasts behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opted to protect primates and create the movie’s stars using jaw-dropping computer-generated imagery (CGI).

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Photo credit: WETA TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the apes came to life:

CGI has advanced to the point of being indistinguishable from live animals. And of course, CGI allows for performances that are too emotionally complex or dangerous to achieve with real animals. By creating animal characters using CGI, filmmakers also prevent real animals from being torn away from their mothers when they are just babies and being beaten in order to break their spirits and force them to perform in ways that are unnatural and sometimes painful. At around 7 or 8 years old, chimpanzees and orang-utans become extremely strong and much harder to control. At that age, most are discarded at seedy roadside zoos, where they languish in tiny cages for decades, usually isolated from other primates. PETA US found Chubbs, a chimpanzee who was used in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and The Chimp Channel series, in a decrepit roadside zoo in Texas called Amarillo Wildlife Refuge. He was living on dog food and rotten produce.

Ape defender Anjelica Huston narrated a video for PETA US in which she describes exactly what life is like for these primate “actors”:

This isn’t the first time that this Planet of the Apes franchise has come to the defence of primates. Animal advocates will recall that not only did Rise of the Planet of the Apes use all CGI primates, its animal rights message was also so strong that MTV dubbed the film, “perhaps the most expensive PSA against animal testing ever filmed”. These Planet of the Apes movies are certainly working to create a kinder planet for all primates.

Expert Arrives to Help Sunder, BBP

Written by PETA

Posted 07-09-2014, 09:03 PM

Margaret Whittaker, an internationally renowned animal behaviourist who specialises in elephants, recently made her first visit to the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) in Bangalore with PETA and Animal Rahat veterinarians to train park mahouts in managing Sunder and other elephants using positive reinforcement techniques and no chains. Such techniques are uncommon in India.

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Margaret observing Sunder.

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Margaret, caretakers and PETA and Animal Rahat veterinarians with Sunder.

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Margaret attentively watching Sunder.

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Sunder grazing in the forest with his friend Lakshmi.

Sunder is a formerly abused “temple elephant” who was beaten and kept tightly chained alone before he was rescued, following a PETA campaign and a Supreme Court decision to send him to Bangalore.

Whittaker began her career with animals at the Houston Zoo, where she developed positive reinforcement training techniques. For the past 16 years, she has been a behavioural consultant for Active Environments, working with zoos and sanctuaries in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

PETA is also working with BBP to fence in a 49.5-hectare forested area as well as an enclosure where male elephants can be kept chain-free during musth (a period of sexual urge) instead of using the traditional method of keeping male elephants in chains while they’re in musth.

Have questions about Sunder? See our FAQ here.

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