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FuzzCulture’s Srijan Mahajan Slams Circuses

Written by PETA

Posted 05-22-2015, 11:20 AM

We bet you’ve never seen FuzzCulture quite like this before. That’s because music sensation Srijan Mahajan recently chatted with PETA India about the cruelty of forcing animals to perform in circuses. Included in the exclusive interview are scenes that show the routine abuse of elephants, ponies and even dogs forced to perform in circuses.

“We’re all performers here, but we perform because we want to – out of choice – but an animal doesn’t want to perform like that”, says Srijan. “As a basic principle of life, we should all be free on this Earth … [In circuses], animals are beaten into submission to do what he’s supposed to do.”

But there’s some good news: following a nine-month investigation of circuses by PETA, elephants and other animals have been rescued from two circuses.  PETA is now calling on authorities to ban the use of all animals in circuses. Until the ban goes into full effect, just take Srijan’s advice, and the next time you feel like enjoying some great entertainment, skip the cruel circus and take in a hot concert instead.

You can help. Act now to urge the government to ban the use of animals in circuses


FAD International Students Support PETA at LFS Conclave

Written by PETA

Posted 05-11-2015, 09:50 AM

Benazir talks about Vegan Fashion at LFS Conclave FAD International

Benazir talks about Vegan Fashion at LFS Conclave FAD International

We just love ethical fashion students!

Watch these two short videos FAD International students made for PETA which they presented at the  Luxury Fashion & Style Conclave held in Mumbai. PETA’s Media and Celebrity Projects Specialist Benazir Suraiya was present to award the youngsters for their amazing effort, where she also took part in a vegan fashion related Q&A. Smita Jain, Head of Luxury Brand Management, FAD International, was the moderator.

FAD Students being awarded by Benazir Suraiya (PETA India)

FAD Students being awarded by Benazir Suraiya (PETA India)

Wearing Animals’ Skin Makes You Ugly

This video was prepared by Sienne Ariane Fernandes, Vritti Vasnani, Yashica Bharvirkar, Gauri Desai, Shraddha Mishra, Nayan Shah and Gaurav Mendon.

How Many Lives Does Your Hunger Take?


This video was prepared by Pinal Surana, Divya Grover, Kajal Shah, Lekha Dodhia, Harsh Shah, Rohan Tulpule and Nirvan Bhawar.

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Rescue Moms: Show Off Your ‘Kids’ This Mother’s Day!

Written by PETA

Posted 05-08-2015, 05:17 PM

Every mom knows that families come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re helping the kids with their homework (and you thought you’d never need to use algebra again!), taking your pup for a walk when you’d rather be watching Comedy Nights With Kapil or scooping out the kitty’s litterbox (while wishing you were doing anything else), you’re a mom, and you should be proud of your “kids”!

This Mother’s Day, we want you to show off your furry four-legged adopted animals and tell everyone that you’re one #ProudRescueMom (because just look at those facesthey’re enough to make any mother proud!).

For a chance to be featured on our blog, post a photo of you with your rescued animal companion by following the easy steps below, and let us know that you’re a #ProudRescueMom.

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1. Create a cute rescue mom sign.

Write, “This is (insert animal’s name), and I’m (his/her) #ProudRescueMom“, on a piece of paper. Make it as creative and personal as you’d like – the sky is the limit!

2. Indulge in a mini photo shoot.

Snap a photo of you with your companion animal next to the sign. If you’re not one for selfies or your animal companion isn’t one to sit still, use an adorable photo that’s already on your camera or phone.

3. Tell the world that you’re a #ProudRescueMom!

(Note: By sending your photo or photos to PETA via e-mail or Twitter, you’re acknowledging that you have read and you agree to our terms of submission.)

We can’t wait to see your family!

If you’re considering welcoming a new furry friend into your family, please remember to adopt from a shelter or the streets, rather than buying from a pet store or breeder. Adopt – don’t shop!

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Why I Raise My Child Vegan

Written by PETA

Posted 05-08-2015, 04:27 PM

By Bhuvaneshwari Gupta

Nutritionist and Mother

Mothers are faced with countless decisions while raising their children. There’s so much to consider while we ensure that our kids live healthy, happy lives. As a vegan mother and a nutritionist, I understand the vast health benefits of eating plant-based foods, which is why I choose to raise my child vegan. You can raise yours that way, too.

My 1-year-old daughter, Tara, has been vegan since birth because plant-based foods are high in fibre, low in saturated fat, full of vitamins and minerals, rich in healthy plant protein and completely free of cholesterol, unlike meat, eggs and dairy products.

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According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Milk proteins, milk sugar, fat, and saturated fat in dairy products pose health risks for children and encourage the development of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease”. And of special concern for infants, the amount of iron found in cows’ milk, as compared with human breast milk, is low. Colic is another worry because it’s linked to milk consumption. Even the babies of breastfeeding mothers can suffer from colic if the mothers consume cows’ milk. Cows’ milk is also linked to food allergies, particularly in children, as well as chronic constipation in children.

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I’d say it’s no wonder then that Tara is a healthy child and rarely falls ill! Her height, weight and other growth parameters are on a par with those of non-vegan kids her same age.

In addition to mother’s milk – which contains antibodies that strengthen babies’ immune systems, lowering their risk of asthma and allergies and helping to fight off viruses and bacteria – Tara enjoys a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lentils seasoned with traditional spices. Her favourite drink is fresh watermelon juice, and she loves to chew on pears, carrots and cucumbers. For a sweet treat, she feasts on sweet-potato purée.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, appropriately planned vegan meals satisfy the nutrient needs of infants, children and adolescents and promote normal growth. In fact, one study revealed that the mental age of meat-free children was advanced for their chronological age and that their average IQ score was well above average.

Teaching our children to eat well, right from the start, makes a lasting positive impact on their future. I rest easy knowing that my daughter is powering her body with nutrients from delicious vegan foods while learning to be kind to animals and to respect the environment. And I couldn’t be prouder.

Mothers, spread the word about how to ensure good health by sharing this post on social media pages.

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Faridkot Wants You to Boycott Circuses

Written by PETA

Posted 05-06-2015, 04:12 PM

We’ve been fans of Faridkot ever since the release of their debut album, Ek. Seriously, it’s almost physically impossible not to groove along to “Laila” and “Haal-e-Dil”. That said, we were super-psyched when the members of the band sat down to talk to us in an exclusive interview for PETA Youth. And let’s just put it this way – “confused pop” may be their genre, but Faridkot is anything but confused when it comes to how they feel about animals in circuses. Lead singer IP Singh didn’t hesitate to speak out against the misery that animals endure in such circumstances. In the interview, the band calls for fans to say no to circuses and urges young people to attend concerts instead. Check out more from the band below.

We couldn’t have said it better! Thankfully, we are starting to make some progress for animals in circuses. Just recently, elephants and other animals were rescued from two circuses. While that’s a mammoth-sized victory, we need you to help us bring about a ban on the use of all animals in Indian circuses.


Musician Atul Ahuja Sings the Praises of Animal Sterilisation

Written by PETA

Posted 05-06-2015, 03:07 PM

Delhi-based musician Atul Ahuja urges fans to sterilise animals in order to control overpopulation.

When jazz, rock, classic rock, Motown, Bollywood and R&B musician Atul Ahuja sings, audiences fall under his melodic spell. But now the rocker is using his voice to convince fans that sterilisation is the only real solution to animal overpopulation.

“Neutering is very important, I think lots of people don’t get it”, the singer/songwriter explains. Sterilised animals live longer, happier lives and are less likely to contract deadly contagious diseases. Spaying eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during heat cycles, and neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight. Both procedures reduce the risk of reproductive cancer. Sterilisation is a routine, inexpensive surgery that makes a big impact – sterilising one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and sterilising one female cat can prevent 370,000 births in seven years . This means more homes will be available for dogs and cats who have already been born.

India’s streets are full of dogs and cats without loving homes. As these animals look for food and shelter, they often fall victim to diseases, cruel people or careless drivers who crash into them, causing serious injuries. Shelters are unable to house all the animals who need care, and breeders and pet shops worsen the animal-overpopulation crisis: for every puppy purchased from a breeder or pet store, a desi dog loses his or her chance of finding a forever home.

Follow Atul’s advice: do your part to end animal homelessness and pledge to sterilise your cats and dogs today.

VICTORY: Animals Rescued From Grand Circus

Written by PETA

Posted 05-05-2015, 04:36 PM

Following an inspection of Grand Circus, which was initiated by PETA India and conducted by Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)–authorised inspectors from Animal Rahat (an animal-protection organisation focused on veterinary intervention and supported by PETA India) and from PAWS Thrissur, on 1 and 2 May, circus management agreed to relinquish 18 animals to the AWBI immediately for rehabilitation and to become an animal-free, human-only circus.

Seven horses and 10 dogs from Grand Circus have been moved to People for Animals Thiruvananthapuram. A female camel will be moved to the sanctuary run by Animal Rahat in Sangli, Maharashtra, where she will meet her new companion, Waheed, a rescued male camel.

Rescued horses

Rescued horses

PETA India are funding the animals’ treatment, care and maintenance. The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations also supported the rescue effort. Grand Circus is currently camped in Thrissur, Kerala but travels around India.

Among other abuse, the inspection of Grand Circus revealed the following cruelty:

  1. Dogs housed in cramped, filthy cages.
Dog in filthy cage

Dog in filthy cage

Dogs cramped in cages

Dogs cramped in cages

Dogs in filthy and rusted cages

Dogs in filthy and rusted cages

  1. A camel who is suffering from mange but is forced to perform

Camel with mange

3. Lame, partially blind and wounded horses


1. Horse suffering from Albino is skinny (ribs visible) 2. Horse is blind from left eye 3. Horse is unable to bear weight on both forelimbs due to laminitis.

YOU can help stop circus cruelty.
Please add your voice to PETA’s by asking Indian government officials to ban animals from being exhibited or forced to perform in circuses:


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Doodles Against Animal Experimentation

Written by PETA

Posted 05-02-2015, 10:18 AM

Animals are burned, blinded, cut open, poisoned, starved or drugged in cruel experiments. We asked people to show how much they care for animals used in laboratories during World Week for Animals in Laboratories by using their drawing skills. And the response we got was ASTOUNDING.

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You can help stop the suffering of animals in laboratories, too. Check out how:

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HC and SC to Consider Kerala Captive Elephant Plight

Written by PETA

Posted 04-29-2015, 04:13 PM


PETA India filed a petition this week in the Kerala High Court to address the suffering of elephants in festivals like Thrissur Pooram, while Co-opted Member of the Board Gauri Maulekhi filed a case on the same in the Supreme Court. This move follows a directive by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) which stated organizers should leave live elephants out of the upcoming Thrissur Pooram today because they have neither applied for nor obtained permission from the Board, though such permission to use animals in performances is required by law.

The Kerala High Court today which is operating on a vacation bench did not issue an interim direction to stop the use of live elephants in Thrissur Pooram today, but will be hearing the matter after court vacations.


Chained elephant

The organisers of today’s Thrissur Pooram have reportedly decided to chain the feet of the elephants together.

Although it is illegal to beat and torture animals, elephants forced to participate in parades are trained through physical punishment and the constant threat of being struck with a stick or an ankus (a weapon with a sharp metal hook on the end). Capturing an elephant is prohibited under The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, yet many captive elephants are thought to have been captured illegally from the wild, separated from their mothers as babies and transported to Kerala.

The campaign to protect Kerala’s elephants by PETA has included a letter from long-time elephant friend Pamela Anderson , who offered to purchase 30 faux elephants for today’s Thrissur Pooram so that they may be used instead of live elephants, but her offer was not taken up.

You Can Help:

If your temple keeps elephants, speak up. Urge temple officials to surrender the elephants to the forest department for rehabilitation at a sanctuary.





Pamela Anderson Offers 30 Fabulous Faux Elephants For Kerala Parade

Written by PETA

Posted 04-27-2015, 08:02 PM

PETA India patron Pamela Anderson has penned a letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala that extends an unprecedented offer: to contribute the cost of providing 30 life-size, realistic and portable elephants made of bamboo and papier-mâché to replace live elephants whose use is coming under increasing scrutiny because of changing public opinion.

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What’s more, the organisers of the Thrissur Pooram elephant parade slated for 29 April have neither applied for nor received permission from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) – a statutory body operating under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change – to use live elephants, even though permission is required by law. The AWBI has written a letter to the Kerala state government and pointed out that the use of live elephants in the event cannot go forward without their permission.

If Anderson’s offer is accepted, this year’s Thrissur Pooram would be the third such progressive parade ever held in India. The first two were held by the Confederation of Tamilnadu Malayalee Associations, which used a stunning array of faux elephants during Onam festivals, to the delight of audiences. Anderson saw the faux elephants and said she was “blown away!”

Capturing an elephant is prohibited under The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, yet many captive elephants are thought to have been captured illegally from the wild, separated from their mothers as babies and transported to Kerala. And according to figures compiled by the Heritage Animal Task Force, captive elephants have killed 526 people in 15 years in Kerala alone.

You Can Help
If your temple keeps elephants, speak up. Urge temple officials to surrender the elephants to the forest department for rehabilitation at a sanctuary.



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