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Celebrate ‘Hug a Vegetarian/Vegan’ Day

Written by PETA

Posted 08-27-2015, 08:28 AM

Admit it – you’ve been looking for an excuse to cosy up to that cute vegan in math class. Well, now you’ve got one: 25 September is International “Hug a Vegetarian/Vegan” Day, a special day to show your ♥ for vegetarians and vegans.

So organise a hugging meet-up at your college, your favourite coffee shop or another place where you love to hang out, and show your friends, family members and classmates that going vegetarian or vegan is cool, fun, compassionate and, above all, HUG-WORTHY!

Gather as many people as you can to celebrate “Hug a Vegetarian/Vegan” Day and have a photo snapped of you receiving a hug while holding a “Hug a Vegetarian” sign, which you can download here. (See why it’s important to invite that cute vegan classmate?!)

download button image for HAVD 2014

And to help you really get into the spirit of things, we’ll send you free “Hug a Vegetarian” posters and stickers to use – just send your name, postal address, e-mail address and mobile phone number to before 15 September. Please put “‘Hug a Vegetarian Day/Vegan’ Pack” in the subject line.

Expect to be busy. There are a lot of vegetarians and vegans in India. Show them that you appreciate all they do for animals and the environment by giving them a big bear hug. (Smooching is optional.)

You’ll probably score even more hugs if you make some tasty meat-free food  to share with everyone!

And to make this awesome day even more hug-worthy, we’ll be sharing the best pictures that we receive on our blog, so don’t forget to tell us about it by sending a note to and sharing pictures. And don’t forget to share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter or wherever else you hang out online!

Happy hugging!


India on Way to Banning Repeat Animal Tests for Drugs

Written by PETA

Posted 08-25-2015, 06:56 PM

After hearing from PETA about the plight of animals sickened and killed during repeat preclinical toxicity experiments in India prior to new registrations for drugs already approved abroad, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi was quick to share her concerns with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Upon reviewing the requests from Smt Gandhi and PETA, the Indian Investigational New Drugs Division recommended to the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) that animals be spared use in cruel tests for new drug registrations when complete data from earlier toxicity experiments already exist for drugs approved abroad.


The DTAB has now agreed to move towards a ban under The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1945. Such a ban is expected to spare the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals in repeat experiments each year!

Because of the vast physiological differences between humans and the animals used in these tests, the results are often misleading, but regulators still typically require animal tests for drugs. However, forward-thinking scientists are developing non-animal testing methods which can replace the use of animals. For example, Harvard University’s Wyss Institute has created “organs-on-chips” that contain human cells grown in a state-of-the-art system to mimic the structure and function of human organs and organ systems. The chips can be used instead of animals in disease research, drug testing and toxicity testing and have been shown to replicate human physiology, diseases and drug responses more accurately than animal experiments do. Some companies, such as the HµREL Corporation, have already turned these chips into products that other researchers can use in place of animals.

You can help stop cruelty to animals and encourage scientific progress with modern non-animal means: urge the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change not to revoke the progressive ban on the use of animal dissection to train university zoology and life sciences students.


Take One Minute to Be a Bro for Animals

Written by PETA

Posted 08-24-2015, 08:20 AM

This Raksha Bandhan, urge your friends to be a bro for animals, like you are, by letting them know what you do to protect animals. You can do this in two easy steps:

  1. Post this photo on Facebook or Twitter with a message about how you are a bro for animals. Tag your friends and ask them to be a bro for animals, too.


For example, your message might look like this:

I’m a bro for animals by refusing to drink milk. Milk is for baby cows! How are you a bro for animals, [your five best friends]? #RakshaBandhan [photo]

2. Keep us in the loop by tagging PETA India, too. We may retweet your inspiring action or share it in a future      blog post.

So, what are you waiting for? Get going!

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Meet PETA’s 2015 Cutest Rescued Cat Alive Winners

Written by PETA

Posted 08-14-2015, 09:42 AM

After PETA pawed through hundreds of photographs of adorable rescued cats and painstakingly narrowed the list down to 10 finalists, the last votes have been cast for the winner of PETA’s 2015 Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest.

While we recognise that all the cats in our competition were worthy of the title (the judges are still recovering from purrfect overload), the results are in – and Foku has won!

Foku will receive a new cat toy and a first-place certificate. And her guardian will receive a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt, a PETA T-shirt and a copy of Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’s book One Can Make a Difference.

Cutest Rescued Cat Alive 2015 Winner


Foku was found wet, shivering and frightened after a landslide near Swarnima’s house. Swarnima took care of her while she recovered, and now Foku is an important member of the family.

Cutest Rescued Cat Alive 2015 First Runner-Up


Ariba saw this little wonder, Viber, when she was walking through the streets. Viber was wet, alone and being barked at by dogs, who tried to attack her. Ariba rescued her, and now, the kitty is a beloved family member.

Cutest Rescued Cat Alive Second Runner-Up


Courageous little Charger faced challenges ranging from paralysis to respiratory illness, but VL Dinpuii stayed by his side and helped him heal. He is now a healthy, happy adult cat.

Our first runner-up will receive a copy of One Can Make a Difference, a certificate, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt and a cat toy. Our second runner-up will receive a copy of the book, a certificate and a cat toy. All three cats will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.

The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.

Buying a cat – whether from a pet shop or a breeder – means that a homeless cat living in an animal shelter or fighting for survival on the streets loses his or her chance at finding a loving home.

Want to help out with the kitty cause? Help animals find loving homes by pledging to adopt cat companions from shelters or the street instead of buying them from stores. Also, don’t forget to sterilise your feline friends in order to prevent adding to the overpopulation crisis. Spaying (sterilising) just one female cat can prevent 370,000 births in seven years, keeping more cats off the streets and in safe, loving homes.

If you live in Mumbai or a nearby state and are interested in adopting a cat, please e-mail us at

ExtraVEGANza at the Chennai Indian Luxury Expo

Written by PETA

Posted 08-11-2015, 03:53 PM

PETA made its mark at the The Indian Luxury Expo  in Chennai on 8 and 9 August, exhibiting wares along with the many opulent companies from around the globe.

ExtraVEGANza Art Work

PETA exhibited an assortment of vegan products from various companies that don’t test on animals, including a faux-fur jacket from ASOS, bags from Baggit, accessories from gqp, bags from and , shoes from Ethik, faux-fur sachets from The Throw Company, faux-leather sachets from Alcantara, faux leather sachetsfrom , canvas sachets from Fabrino, various products from Vicco Laboratories, vegan chocolates from Mason & Co and banana-silk sarees from Pallod Creations. We also distributed leaflets about vegan fashion, while PETA’s “cow” mascot distributed badges to encourage people to “go fake” for cows’ sake.

PETA's cow mascot with volunteer Niranjan - Photo credit to Prashanth MariappanPrashanth Mariappa

PETA volunteer Niranjan and our cow mascot at ExtraVEGANza, Chennai

Designer Nimisha Sara Philip also dropped by the PETA stall. She has always loved animals and even volunteered for PETA when she was a kid!

Designer Nimisha Sara Philip

In addition, Kruthi Gonwar from the Deccan Chronicle visited our stall to show her support.

Kruthi Gonwar from Deccan Chronicle

Animals such as cows, dogs, cats, snakes, crocodiles and lizards are slaughtered for their skin in various parts of the world:

Fortunately, there are countless cruelty-free cosmetics and stylish vegan clothing, shoes, bags and foods to choose from today.

What are you waiting for? Take PETA’s pledge to go leather-free and indulge yourself with cruelty-free luxury.


PETA’S ‘Holy Cow’ Billboard Greets Kumbh Mela Revelers

Written by PETA

Posted 08-04-2015, 01:24 PM

Showing an animal who’s a cross between a cow and a chicken next to the words “Holy Cow: If You Wouldn’t Eat One, Why Eat the Other? Go Vegan”, PETA India’s brand-new billboard is greeting celebrants on their way to Kumbh Mela – which is billed as the largest religious gathering in the world. PETA’s point? Hindus consider it a sin to kill cows because they are seen asholy – but other animals, such as chickens,deserve to be kept off plates, too.

PETA billboard near the Indira Nagar Church, RathchakraChowk, Indira Nagar.

PETA billboard near the Indira Nagar Church, RathchakraChowk, Indira Nagar.

Chickens on factory farms are crowded by the thousands into dark sheds that reek of ammonia from the accumulated waste in which the animals are forced to stand. These birds never see the light of day and are denied everything that is natural and important to them.

India’s factory farms raise millions of birds a year

They and other animals killed for food are crammed into vehicles for slaughter in such high numbers that many break their bones, suffocate or die en route. At slaughterhouses, workers often hack at the throats of goats, sheep and other animals with dull blades.

goat slaughtered

And fish are suffocated or cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats.

Fish cruelty

In addition, vegans and vegetarians are, on average, fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are and less likely to develop heart disease, diabetes and cancer – all of which are major health problems in India. Raising animals for food is also a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation – and a recent United Nationsreport concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

Start saving animals today by ordering your free Vegan Starter Kit:

Order your free vegan starter kit


Radio Mantra for Dogs on Friendship Day

Written by PETA

Posted 07-30-2015, 03:44 PM

What do Randeep Hooda, Sonakshi Sinha, Raveena Tandon-Thadani, Kapil Sharma, Dino Morea, Esha Gupta, Imran Khan, Sunny Leone, Trisha Krishnan and Tannishtha Chatterjee have in common? They’ve all adopted dogs from an animal shelter or the street? These celebrities and other guardians of desi or other adopted dogs will tell you there’s no greater joy than bringing a ‘Chaar Footiya Dost’ into your life through a rescue.

Tune into Radio Mantra 91.9FM from 29th July to 2 August to learn more about why it’s important to adopt, and not buy, a dog.

Chaar Footiya Dost


Here’s a short message from PETA pal Richa Chadha:

By adopting a dog you can bring joy into a needy pup’s life and help end animal homelessness.

Join these stars by signing our pledge to always adopt, never buy, and to sterilise your animal companions..


Jane Birkin Demands That Luxury Hermès Birkin Handbags Be Renamed!

Written by PETA

Posted 07-29-2015, 04:49 PM

Model and singer Jane Birkin, the inspiration behind Hermès’ Birkin bag, has just publically asked that the “luxury” bag be renamed after receiving the exposé into the farming and slaughter of crocodiles and alligators for the company, which revealed that live reptiles are sawn open, among other horrors.

1024px-Jane_Birkin07Jane_Birkin07 | Roland Godefroy | CC BY 3.0

In a statement released to AFP, Birkin says:

Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaughter for the production of Hermès bags carrying my name …, I have asked Hermès Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag.

Birkin bags once marked people as celebrities – or at least members of the super-rich – but soon, no one will want to be caught dead carrying one. On behalf of all kind souls in the world, we thank Ms Birkin for ending her association with Hermès, and we call on Hermès to do the right thing and stop plundering wildlife, factory-farming crocodiles and alligators and slaughtering them for their skins.

Please add your voice to PETA’s by urging Hermès to drop exotic skins:


Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival

Written by PETA

Posted 07-29-2015, 10:45 AM

JUST IN: The Gadhimai festival in Nepal has banned animal sacrifice, putting an end to a horrific massacre that has been taking place for the past 250 years. This is a long overdue victory for animals.

Until now, every five years, the town of Bariyarpur, Nepal, played host to the world’s largest animal sacrifice. Hundreds of thousands of animals, including chickens, goats and buffalo, were rounded up and marched to their deaths at the site of the temple of the Hindu goddess Gadhimai. After the traditional beheading of up to 10,000 buffalo at the start of the “holy” festival, hundreds of men hacked away at more defenceless animals with dull blades – a painful and terrifying way to die.


Today, at last, the bloodshed has been forbidden. In a statement, the Gadhimai Temple Trust said:

The Gadhimai Temple Trust hereby declares our formal decision to end animal sacrifice. With your help, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is free from bloodshed. Moreover, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is a momentous celebration of life.

Many organisations were working to help end this atrocity, among them PETA and our international affiliates. Almost 90,000 supporters from all over the world send messages to Nepal official surging them to stop the bloodshed. Our friends over at PETA India also took to the streets of India to protest in a joint demo outside the Embassy of Nepal with the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations.


Thank you so much for being part of this victory. We’d like to congratulate all the local groups in Nepal that had been campaigning on the ground for years to end the bloodshed. Today, compassionate people all over the world can celebrate the fact that animals will no longer be hacked to death by the thousand for an archaic ritual.

A Tribute To The Missile Man Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Written by PETA

Posted 07-28-2015, 11:36 AM


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