Written by PETA
Posted 12-17-2014, 11:25 AM
Yesterday, Rohan Bopanna caged himself as part of a campaign for PETA India against cruel cockfights.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of India ruled in favour of PETA India against the cruel use of animals in certain so-called sports, making it clear that the “person-in-charge or care of the animal shall not incite any animal to fight against a human being or another animal”.
Cockfights are also illegal under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, but are still organised in some parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Naduand elsewhere. Bopanna aimed to stop this cruelty.
Roosters raised for fighting are often confined to cramped cages and tormented during training. Razor-sharp spurs are attached to the birds’ feet to make the fights more “exciting” (i.e., bloodier). The birds commonly sustain broken wings and legs, punctured lungs, severed spinal cords and gouged-out eyes. Those who survive are forced to fight again.
The event was held at The Park Bangalore which put up a yummy vegan spread for journalists. Did you know you can get 10% of delicious vegan food at Monsoon at The Park (and numerous other restaurants) with PETA’s free V-card? Have you ordered yours yet?
You can help roosters!
If you hear of a scheduled cockfight, please notify the police, a local animal-protection organisation and write to us at WhistleBlower@petaindia.org.
Written by PETA
Posted 12-16-2014, 10:33 AM
Vegan desserts are clearly in! PETA’s first-ever Great Vegan Dessert Challenge saw many impressive entries, including delicious cookies, cakes and tarts, all made without eggs, dairy products or any other ingredients derived from animals.
With 10 excellent finalists, choosing the best was a difficult task, but your votes to help PETA decide who it should pick have been counted, and our judges have made up their minds.
The winner is … the Very Vegan Kulfi by Gayle D’Souza!
Leena Mathai came in second with her Vegan Tiramisù and Raspberry Cupcakes.
In third place was the yummy-looking Oreo Cake by Shreyas Mogre.
Have a go at making these delicious desserts yourself, and feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of the recipes.
Thanks to everyone who entered and to the hundreds of dessert fans who voted to help us decide whose recipe we should choose as the winner. Winners were chosen based on several factors, including vote count. See full contest details here.
If you want to learn more about vegan living, order our free vegan starter kit here:
Written by PETA
Posted 12-13-2014, 10:58 AM
The Honourable Justice (Retd) KS Panicker Radhakrishnan of the Supreme Court of India is PETA India’s Man of the Year. For heading the bench that passed the landmark judgment in favour of PETA India and the government body the Animal Welfare Board of India that clarifies that bulls must not be used in jallikattu, bull races, bullfights or any other type of performance and that also called for animals to be respected in many other ways.
And for using her massive star power to advocate for the protection of all animals – from horses used to pull Victorias to rabbits used in painful cosmetics tests – Kick star Jacqueline Fernandez has been named Woman of the Year.
The groundbreaking Supreme Court judgment passed earlier this year also referenced the concept of “speciesism” – discrimination against others simply for belonging to another species – and compared it to other recognised wrongs: racism, castism and sexism.
It also made clear that staged fights between animals, such as cockfighting and dogfighting, for entertainment must not be permitted; that education about the humane treatment of animals is imperative; and that stronger penalties for cruelty to animals must be passed, among other animal-friendly verdicts.
Fernandez’s work with PETA India in the last year alone includes taking to Twitter to call for the release of the formerly abused elephant Sunder, who was finally moved from his life of misery to a forested park where he has room to roam and the companionship of other elephants.
She teamed up with PETA India to rally support for India’s ban on the importation of cosmetics that have been tested on animals – a ban that has since passed.
She helped judge PETA India’s Vegan Fashion Awards, demonstrating how chic leather-, wool- and fur-free fashion can be.
She also met with the Mayor of Mumbai to call for an end to the city’s cruel and dangerous horse-drawn carriage trade, an issue dear to her heart. And she recently rescued a snake in Malaysia while she was shooting for a film. In addition, she helps animals every time she sits down to eat, as she’s vegan!
A big CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to the Honourable Justice (Retd) KS Panicker Radhakrishnan and Jacqueline Fernandez! They’re an inspiration to us all!
Written by Emylou D'souza
Posted 12-11-2014, 10:49 AM
You already know what’s wrong with drinking cows’ milk. You know that cows produce milk only when they’re pregnant and that farmers crudely artificially inseminate the animals in order to get as much milk out of them as possible.
In standard factory-farm practices – which are becoming the norm in India – cows are pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones, which forces them to produce much more milk than they naturally would and puts them at risk of developing mastitis (a painful infection of the udder).
So, what now?
Well, now it’s time to kick cows’ milk to the curb. And we’re here to help make the transition as easy as possible for you! There are so many cruelty-free and tasty non-dairy milks on the market these days – you won’t even miss cows’ milk once it’s out of your life for good (where it belongs). Here are some of our favourites:
Soya milk is arguably the most popular and easiest-to-find non-dairy milk on the market. Made from soya beans, fortified soya milk has just as much protein as cows’ milk and is a great source of calcium and vitamin D. And it’s easy on your wallet!
Recommended brands: Silk, Staeta and Sofit
Almond milk is made from – you guessed it – almonds! This non-dairy milk has a tasty nutty flavour, and it’s also great for vegans who have soya allergies since it’s soya-free. Almonds are a great source of protein, fibre, vitamin E and calcium, so you really can’t go wrong with this one. You can even easily make your own almond milk right at home. How convenient is that?!
Recommended brand: Silk
Coconut milk is made from the “meat” of a coconut. If you don’t like the taste of coconut, you may not be into coconut milk, but if you’re a big fan, then you’re in for a treat. Fortified coconut milk is also a great source of calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.
Recommended brand: Dabur Hommade
Written by Emylou D'souza
Posted 12-10-2014, 08:04 PM
Just in time for Christmas, PETA India is getting into the holiday spirit by giving away five large hampers filled with tasty vegan foods and cruelty-free body-care products from companies such as Conscious Food and Aloe Veda. All you have to do is answer one simple question: how do you help others be more cruelty-free?
Submit your answer using the form below. The five answers that in PETA’s assessment are most likely to inspire other people to embrace cruelty-free living will win.
Each hamper is filled with cookies and other snacks from Baker Street, soya milk from Staeta, natural and cruelty-free soaps from Gulnar Handmade Soaps, designer key chains from Eco Wings, soap and shampoo from Aloe Veda, peanut butter from Nutty’s Gourmet Flavored Peanut Butter, vegan power snacks from Conscious Food, tote bags from Clean Planet, a set of cosmetics from The Nature’s Co., personal-care products from Amar Remedies and Cosmedic, herbal mosquito repellent from Herbal Strategi and vouchers for even more free products from Omved stores, shoes of your choice from Solino Shoes, an ethical wellness massage date at Massa Suite and face wash, shower gel and lotion from Future Skin.
Winners will also receive a DVD of music from compassionate Indian classical-electronic musician and PETA supporter Krishna Marathe.
This contest is open to residents of India only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entries must be received by 23 December 2014. The five winners will be notified by 26 December 2014.
Written by Emylou D'souza
Posted 12-10-2014, 05:34 PM
Throughout history, there have always been public figures who have spoken out for animals. Here are some of our favorite animal rights quotes from famous peeps, both historical and contemporary. Feel free to pass these along. Be inspired, and continue to speak up on behalf of those who don’t have a voice in society.
What’s your favorite animal rights quote?
Written by PETA
Posted 12-05-2014, 10:20 PM
It’s International Volunteer Day! Here’s to all our passionate and super-dedicated celebrity volunteers who are making this world a better place for animals.
Check out how these superheroes rocked it for animals:
3. Jacqueline Fernandez sent the former Health Minister a bunny-shaped vegan cake to urge him to ban animal-tested cosmetics, and guess what: yes, you guessed right. Testing cosmetics on animals was banned in India.
4. Numerous celebrities take to Twitter to encourage people to be compassionate towards animals, and guess what: numerous people have been persuaded to be kind to animals!
10. And Alia Bhatt got her animal-friendly message out through her “Adopt, Never Buy” interview, and guess what: many people asked us how to go about adopting dogs or cats. Hint: Visit your local animal shelter.
Written by PETA
Posted 12-05-2014, 06:43 PM
Bangalore Teen Abhay Rangan realised that his choices directly affected what happens to animals – and he soon discovered that he could easily live without animal products and that being vegan is THE BEST!
Abhay is now an outspoken vegan advocate and also the deserving recipient of PETA India’s Outstanding Activist Award, which he received just in time for International Volunteer Day (5 December).
The 17-year-old vegan goes a long way to prove that vegans are smart, healthy and conscientious. Abhay’s high IQ has earned him a membership in The High Intellect Society, and his mathematical theorem, “Rangan’s Theory of Cycles”, has been published via a mathematics enrichment project by the University of Cambridge in England.
Currently a top student at CMR National PU College, he is already a published author of a vegan advocacy novel, The Green Monk. Abhay is also an Indian classical vocalist, regularly gives talks on veganism and is the founder of Vegania, a virtual country that campaigns for animal rights.
“Abhay is a consummate activist – he promotes a vegan lifestyle to end animal suffering and inspires others to do the same”, says PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura. “PETA recently named Bangalore India’s Most Vegan-Friendly City, and we’re sure Abhay is one of the reasons why.”
Inspired to help animals?
Written by PETA
Posted 12-02-2014, 05:56 PM
With Christmas swiftly approaching, former Baywatch and Bigg Boss star Pamela Anderson, who is an honorary director of PETA US, has sent hampers full of vegan treats to her favourite Indian stars, along with a friendly note explaining how a vegan diet helps her stay healthy and fit.
Among the recipients are celebrities who have starred in PETA ads, including John Abraham, Alia Bhatt, Hema Malini, Shahid Kapoor, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. In addition, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor also received hampers.
The vegan hampers included vegan chocolates by Ambrosial Chockies and C4 Chocolates, Staeta soya milk and Sunshine’s Everbest mock meat, along with many other items.
Anderson says, “I’ve found that eating vegan helps me stay healthy and gives me the energy to keep up with my kids, work, and travel …”.
If you have friends who are curious about a plant-based diet, why not give them a little goodie bag for inspiration or cook them a treat? Many people don’t realise that they can still enjoy all their favourite foods, from chocolate cake to ice cream, while still avoiding cows’ milk and other animal products.
You can also point them in the right direction by inviting them to order our vegetarian/vegan starter kit, which is free!
Written by PETA
Posted 12-02-2014, 10:37 AM
From the catwalk to the high street, the range of cruelty-free clothing available right now is truly exciting. Shoppers are more concerned than ever about the origin of the products that they buy.
As a result, the use of pleather (synthetic leather), faux silk, fake snake and other cruelty-free fabrics is on the rise and everyone from high-street retailers such as Mango and Puma to design stars such as Sabyasachi Mukherjee is meeting shoppers’ demand for animal-free fashion.
This year for World Vegan Month and following the success of our first-ever Vegan Fashion Awards last year, we teamed up with star judges, including actor Jacqueline Fernandez, Fashion Design Council of India President Sunil Sethi and National Institute of Fashion & Technology Director General PK Gera to celebrate some of the best cruelty-free creations on the market.
“Helping judge PETA’s fashion awards highlighted for me just how wide the range of chic and cruelty-free clothing and accessories is”, says Fernandez. “From head to toe, from your handbag to your sari to your shoes, it’s easier than ever to find top-quality looks without harming a hair, a feather or a scale on any animal’s head.”
Adds Sethi, “It gives me immense pleasure to judge this prestigious award, which is a fantastic way to raise awareness about the wide availability of cruelty-free fashion”.
“Today’s generation is looking out for eco- and animal-friendly fashion and these awards will surely encourage shoppers to do more for the planet and the animals simply by choosing what products they buy”, says Gera.
The PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Awards brings you the most desirable compassionate clothes and accessories on the market today.
You won’t want to miss items by the following winners!
Are you a designer or retailer with fabulous cruelty-free items? Write to us at Info@petaindia.org, and we’ll send you more information about how to get our PETA-Approved Vegan logo.