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Do You Want to Work for PETA?

Written by PETA

Posted 01-16-2015, 02:17 PM

Do you want to make a positive difference and help animals? Good news – we’re hiring!

PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any other way.

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Our investigative and legislative work, public education, government meetings, court cases, animal rescues, traffic-stopping demonstrations, celebrity involvement, youth outreach and other efforts have helped save animal lives and greatly improve the quality of life for both animals and humans.

Check out our current job openings to see if one is right for you (all positions are based in Mumbai except the investigator post, which is based in Delhi):

  • Campaign Assistant: Be a powerful agent of change by assisting the campaign department with coordinating demonstrations and events, preparing letters, setting up information tables and managing materials inventory. You’ll help encourage and facilitate activism across India by communicating with the public and contributing innovative ideas during brainstorming sessions.
  • Fundraising Coordinator: In this role, you’ll get to use your passion for helping animals to inspire others to do the same. You’ll organise donor events for PETA members and supporters, jump-start corporate giving initiatives, research and identify fundraising opportunities, manage major donor relationships and develop cutting-edge strategies so that more animals can receive help.
  • Investigator: Investigators spearhead case preparation and documentation that often result in victories for animals. As a confidential and key player in exposing animal suffering, you’ll conduct short- and long-term field investigations using a variety of methods. You’ll travel to assignment locations, visit various industries that use animals, obtain photographs and video footage of cruelty to animals and inspect relevant government and other documents.
  • Youth Outreach Assistant: As an outreach assistant, you’ll support the efforts of PETA Youth (PETA’s outreach programme for teenagers and young adults) and Compassionate Citizen (PETA’s humane-education programme for children) to help those departments advance their goals. You’ll identify brands to partner with in order to promote our message; stay on top of celebrity-related news and trends; arrange and attend speaking events and other activities at universities and participate in college festivals, concerts and other youth-centric events.
  • Emergency Response Coordinator: This role is focused mainly on helping animals in urgent need and imminent danger. You’ll coordinate the emergency, cruelty-case and public response operations of PETA India; develop a network of organisations and volunteers to help with emergency and cruelty cases; communicate with government organisations to promote sterilisation and other proper care for stray animals; handle PETA India’s emergency phone line and general e-mail account and maintain emergency response supplies and records.
  • Online Marketing Coordinator: In this role, you’ll get to promote animal rights and PETA’s mission by creating content for our website, social-networking sites and e-news and through other means, such as via our blog. You’ll write animal rights–related online content; track and analyse Web traffic and the success of online campaigns and make changes in strategy accordingly; and research and explore new promotional possibilities and Internet technologies.

To apply for a position, please send your cover letter and CV to Jobs@petaindia.org.

‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ Supports Animal Adoption

Written by PETA

Posted 01-14-2015, 01:32 PM

Did you catch Comedy Nights With Kapil on 4 January? No? Well, the good news is that you can watch it here.

It was a show to remember, as the fabulous host, Kapil Sharma, and PETA staff in the audience agreed that adopting a homeless animal is the best thing you could possibly do. Kapil and his crew are always helping animals – both on and off camera!

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Kapil is an angel for animals. He uses his popularity to help homeless animals and to encourage people to adopt them from shelters or the street. He and his adopted dog, Zanjeer (who was adopted from Animals Matter to Me),  have set an example for many others to follow.

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Kapil also rescued puppies from his set when it caught fire a few years ago, and all the Comedy Nights crew members, including the technicians, are always working to help animals in distress.

“I am proud to be associated with PETA and other animal-welfare organisations. Encouraging people to adopt homeless dogs from shelters and streets is close to my heart”, says Kapil. “Always choose to adopt your companion cat or dog. Remember: there is already one on the street or at an animal shelter waiting for his or her chance for a better life.”

Currently, PETA India is looking for forever homes for cats and dogs. If you can open your heart to an animal in need of a loving and permanent home, write to us at Info@petaindia.org.

A Poem That Pecks at Animal Abuse

Written by PETA

Posted 01-14-2015, 10:32 AM

Did you know that chickens are more cognitively advanced than small children (they comprehend cause-and-effect relationships and understand that objects still exist after they’re hidden from view), have excellent memories, worry about the future and even pass down cultural knowledge from generation to generation? It’s true!

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These inquisitive, social birds have more than 30 different vocalizations just to distinguish between threats approaching by land or water, and a mother hen begins to teach these calls to her chicks before they even hatch. But chickens bred and killed for egg and meat production are packed into cramped, filthy cages that rob them of natural experiences.

This routine rampant abuse inspired Dr Anjuli Jain – associate professor of management studies at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in Bhopal, India, and author of the anthology Spontaneous Outpourings – to pen a poem about chickens’ plight:

Cocks in a Cage

Once I saw
Many cocks huddled in a cage,
Some stood silent, some in a rage,
One by one, they completed their age.

A customer arrived,
The captor opened the gate hurriedly
Cocks rushed to the dead end fearfully
The captor pulled one out, and slained mercilessly.

As a spectator
It was a dreadful, a painful sight;
The pretty bird was torn apart forthright.
Oh! What a pathetic sight.

As and when the captor approached the gate
Their hearts palpitated at a faster rate
All of them were filled with fear
And rushed to save their lives so dear
So they closed their eyes and crowed a prayer

“O God!
We know not
For what misdeeds of this or the previous birth
Are we punished today;
We know very well that we are mortal
And shall die one day,
But why do we meet death each moment face to face?
O God! Give us the strength to endure the fear,
Give us strength to welcome death, so near.
May no grain or worm allure us!
May no man or woman immure us!
May we lead a temptation free life,
May we lead a contented life!
One of them grieved;
Why are these men so cruel and mean?
The other cock did intervene;
What to talk of these wretched men,
They kill their own brethren;
We are but speechless petty creatures
Who grace their guests and make a sumptuous dinner.

The cock continued
I know I am just an indivisible, immortal soul
This day in the cock’s apparel
Tomorrow in some other parallel.
O God!
May I with full devotion and faith
Remember you always
In times fearless and fearful both
And let this fraction merge in the whole!”

—Anjuli Jain

So the next time your stomach starts growling, don’t put hate on your plate. There are endless irresistible vegan options in restaurants, on the street and in markets – which makes it easy to cook up your own vegan meals – that are packed full of flavour and nourishment, without harming any animals.

5 Reasons Not to Use Cruel Manja

Written by PETA

Posted 01-14-2015, 09:11 AM

With the arrival of Makar Sankranti, we’re asking the government of India to ban all forms of manja sale and use and also urging people not to use it for the sake of their fellow human beings, birds and the environment.

Here’s why using glass, metal or other types of sharp strings to fly kites has to be stopped:

1. Because thousands of birds are severely injured or die after coming in contact with sharp manja

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2. Because a 5-year-old boy in Vadodara died after his throat was slit by sharp manja while he was on his way to school with his father

3. Because manja also kills endangered wildlife, such as Indian vultures

4. Because the manja menace brings entire cities to a halt (This year, for instance, in Nagpur, in an attempt to ensure the safety of motorists during Makar Sankranti, Mayor Pravin Datke suggested to the traffic police that major city flyovers and over-bridges be closed!)

5. Because a teen died after his manja string struck a power line and caused an explosion

You Can Help!

Ask for a nationwide ban on the sale and use of cruel manja.

Here’s what to do if you see an injured bird.

Celebrity Volunteers Wish PETA India a Happy 15th

Written by PETA

Posted 01-12-2015, 09:24 PM

Check out the warm congratulatory wishes that PETA received from our celebrity volunteers for completing 15 rocking years of fighting for animal rights.

WATCH to learn why they love us:

Become a member of PETA India to help us achieve more progress for animals.

 

PETA India Turns 15!

Written by PETA

Posted 01-12-2015, 09:11 PM

Catch a glimpse of our work for animals over the years – work that wouldn’t have been possible without the valuable help of our members and supporters.

Become a member of PETA India to help us achieve more progress for animals.

 

Mumbai’s Restaurant Scene Gets Its Vegan On

Written by PETA

Posted 01-10-2015, 11:35 AM

Have you heard the news, Mumbaikars?! Vegans throughout the city are cashing in on major savings with PETA’s V-Card – India’s first-ever vegan rewards card, launched in association with Burrp!, which scores you a 10 per cent discount on Earth-friendly vegan food at participating restaurants. Check out all the places serving up the coolest and most compassionate cuisine in town:

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  • Birdsong Café: We can’t get enough of their black rice and mushroom risotto and gooey chocolate cake.
  • Zen Café: Get your fix with some tasty hot chocolate and a green burrito.
  • Bagel Shop: Start your day out right with a Cajun-spiced tofu-and-hummus bagel and soy cappuccino.
  • Amore Gourmet Italian Gelato: Cows shouldn’t have to scream for your ice cream. Enjoy Amore’s extensive range of dairy-free sorbets!
  • Bungalow 9: Their mixed vegetable dim sum and coconut ice cream will have you coming back for more.
  • Corniche – At the Waterfront: We love the mezze platter and broccoli almond soup at this stunning location.
  • Under The Banyan Tree: Don’t miss out on the roasted zucchini bruschetta and grilled corn and jalapeño quesadilla.
  • C4 Chocolates: Your taste buds will burst with delight at these decadent vegan creations that include Dark Truffle, Roasted Almond, Chakora, Pralines and many more.
  • The White Owl: Fly in for some luscious crispy tofu and pickled cucumber buns and Moroccan grilled verdura.
  • Café Bean Garu: Swing by for a mushroom chilli dosa and herbal juice, and you won’t be sorry.
  • Pishu’s: We are gaga over their strawberry soy milkshake and their burnt garlic and tofu pizza.
  • Kombava Café: You’ll be in heaven when you try their summer rolls and Reunion Island curry.
  • Ray’s Café &Pizzeria: We are die-hard fans of Ray’s Veganopoly sandwich and all-vegan burger.
  • AOI: Japanese food has never tasted so good.
  • Pizza by the Bay: You’ll be saying “mamma mia” over their signature vegan Mumbai masala pizza.
  • Eat Around the Corner: Try the multi-grain sandwich with vegan mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado pulp and jalapeños.
  • Bar + Grill – Waterstones Hotel: The artichoke, corn and olive cannelloni with spicy tomato sauce is irresistible.
  • Le Pain Quotidien: Indulge in their mezze tartine with red beet caviar or the vegetable Stroganoff with herb rice.
  • Trikaya: Spice things up with their peppery vegetables with tofu and exotic vegetables with cashew nuts and fresh red chili.

 

The city is your oyster (mushroom), vegan foodies. All you have to do in order to get hooked up with sensational savings on these and other tasty dishes is order your free PETA V-Card, choose where you’d like to feast and then simply present your V-Card when you place your order at the restaurant. Up to four people at your table will save cash and animals.

This delicious deal is only available until 30 April 2015 in Mumbai, so help us show these enticing eateries that the demand for vegan food is strong and rising by eating out often and thanking participating restaurants for offering tasty and healthy plant-based fare.

White Owl Spreads Its Vegan Wings

Written by PETA

Posted 01-09-2015, 03:03 PM

Hey, Mumbaikars! We have exciting news that you’re sure to give a hoot about! Ultra-cool brewery and bistro The White Owl has joined PETA’s V-Card programme, India’s first-ever vegan savings card – in association with Burrp! – which hooks you up with a discount for eating cruelty-free.

Going out for drinks and delicious food doesn’t have to break the bank. The White Owl’s exclusive PETA V-Card menu features great prices on its finger-licking-good options, such as corn and risotto dumplings with chilli sauce, grilled pumpkin and mushroom salad and a Mediterranean veggie burger.

From Mexico to Morocco, the options for plant-based palate pleasure are endless at The White Owl. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself:

Get your vegan party started with The White Owl's House Corn on the Cob appetiser topped with chilli powder and tomato salsa.

Get your vegan party started with The White Owl’s House Corn on the Cob appetiser topped with chilli powder and tomato salsa.

There are regular salads, and then there's The White Owl's Grilled Apple and Celery salad: fresh romaine tossed with barley, chives, sweet corn and balsamic dressing.

There are regular salads, and then there’s The White Owl’s Grilled Apple and Celery salad: fresh romaine tossed with barley, chives, sweet corn and balsamic dressing.

Find out why The White Owl's House Yellow Curry – complete with eggplant, sweet potato, carrots, kaffir lime and okra – is a fan favourite.

Find out why The White Owl’s House Yellow Curry – complete with eggplant, sweet potato, carrots, kaffir lime and okra – is a fan favourite.

This delicious deal is only available until 30 April 2015 in Mumbai, so be sure to eat at The White Owl often and thank the staff for offering tasty, cruelty-free cuisine.

Be sure to order your free PETA V-Card to cash in on all the scrumptious savings. PETA’s V-Card will save you 10 per cent on healthy, Earth-friendly vegan food. Simply present your V-Card when you order at participating Mumbai restaurants, and up to four people at your table will receive the discount, saving cash and animals.

‘Charlie Hebdo’ Dedicates a Weekly Column to Animal Rights

Written by PETA

Posted 01-09-2015, 10:38 AM

The recent violence in France has shocked the world. Twelve people died, including Charlie Hebdo‘s lead cartoonist, Cabu, who just earlier this week gave a drawing to our friends at French animal rights group L214 denouncing the cruelty of foie gras production.

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To produce “foie gras” (which literally means “fatty liver”), workers ram pipes down the throats of male ducks or geese two or three times daily and pump as much as 2 kilograms of grain and fat into the animals’ stomachs, causing their livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Many birds have difficulty standing because of their engorged livers, and they may tear out their own feathers and cannibalise each other out of stress.

Charlie Hebdo is the only French newspaper that dedicates a weekly column to animal rights, tackling issues from bullfighting to dolphinaria.

Violence is a social issue, and violence against humans is linked to violence against other species. These losses are being felt by all compassionate people, including those who stand for animal rights. We at PETA stand with those who reject oppression and violence in all forms.

To those who lost their lives, rest in peace – and to everyone mourning them, our hearts are with you.

 

PETA Encourages Telangana to Avoid the Flu

Written by PETA

Posted 01-07-2015, 03:42 PM

As the latest swine flu outbreak sweeps across Telangana, PETA India members dressed in hazmat suits converged on Hyderabad with a powerful message – that diseases such as swine flu can spread like wildfire on the filthy farms where pigs and other animals are confined to crowded sheds and pens.

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The demonstrators gave out free vegetarian/vegan starter kits to urge passers-by to help stop conditions that lead to such viruses by dropping meat from their meals.

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Animals on factory farms are crammed by the thousands into filthy, extremely crowded sheds, and they are slaughtered on killing floors that are contaminated with faeces, vomit and other bodily substances. These conditions have led to a rise in food-borne pathogens such as E coli, campylobacter, salmonella, listeria and other bacteria that originate in animals’ intestinal tracts and faeces. As their names imply, swine flu and avian flu come from pigs and birds, respectively, and the viruses that cause them often mutate into pathogens that can afflict humans.

Help slow down the emergence and spread of deadly diseases by going vegan. And what better time to do so than at the beginning of a new year! A balanced vegan diet can help boost your immune system and increase your life expectancy, too. Vegan meals can also help the environment: raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

For tips on making the transition to vegan eating – and for yummy recipes – order your free vegan starter kit!

Order a Free Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit

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