Written by PETA
Posted 09-18-2014, 12:05 PM
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: 26 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?!)
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 Youth@petaindia.org before 24 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 Youth@petaindia.org and sharing pictures. And don’t forget to share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter or wherever else you hang out online!
Written by PETA
Posted 09-15-2014, 10:16 PM
Whether acting or dancing, Priyamani chooses to entertain the public – a choice not offered to the thousands of animals who are imprisoned in cages in India for human entertainment. That’s why the sizzling star has teamed up with PETA India for a campaign against zoo cruelty.
Imagine being confined to a cage for your entire life. Terrifying, isn’t it? Then why do we do that to tigers, lions and other animals, who are meant to roam free, live with their families and raise their young in their jungle homes? If you want to learn about these fascinating animals and their natural behaviour, go visit a nature park where the animals have not been removed from their natural homes or watch a documentary on television.
Hundreds of thousands of animals languish in cages in zoos around the world so that visitors can gawk at them for just a few seconds each. PETA’s undercover investigations of zoos across India have found appalling neglect, decrepit facilities and animal suffering on a massive scale.
In 2012, Priyamani won a South Indian International Movie Award, a Suvarna Film Award and a Filmfare Award for her role in the film Chaarulatha. She recently appeared in the Malayalam film Alice: A True Story, and her upcoming films include Ambareesha, Vyuha, Ithu Njangalude Family and Narasimha.
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Please don’t visit zoos! To learn about animals, take Priyamani’s advice and visit a nature reserve or watch a wildlife documentary on television. Or look around you! Become an expert on the wildlife in your local area, from lizards in your garden to birds flying overhead.
Written by PETA
Posted 09-12-2014, 08:21 PM
The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), which operates under the Ministry of Environment & Forests, has revoked permission for a baby elephant to be used in a planned Swastik Productions show for Zee TV called Bandhan … Saari Umar Humein Sang Rehna Hai.
The elephant, reportedly a 2-year-old baby, was to be a main character on the show. PETA India had appealed to Swastik Productions not to use the elephant and is among those, including members of the public, who had shared their concerns with the AWBI.
Although it is illegal to beat and torture elephants, captive elephants are trained through violence. Handlers typically break elephants’ spirits by forcing them into a kraal (wooden enclosure) in which they cannot move or by tying them to two trees and beating them with ankuses (weapons resembling fireplace pokers with a hook on one end) or sticks until they lose all hope.
When not performing, elephants spend their lives in chains and live in fear of being hit. A television production set, with its relentless retakes and trainers’ orders, is also a terrifying environment for animals, who cannot make sense of what is happening around them.
Elephants are keenly intelligent, highly social animals who live in close-knit, matriarchal herds. Baby elephants are cared for and nurtured by the entire family. Female elephants stay with their mothers for life, and males do so until their early teens. Removing baby elephants from their mothers is traumatic and cruel.
What You Can Do
If you see a film, television show or commercial using an animal, complain to the show’s producer and the AWBI.
Written by PETA
Posted 09-11-2014, 02:05 PM
Today, tennis champion Sania Mirza, who recently won the US Open mixed doubles title and has been honoured with Padma Shri and Arjuna awards, posed as an angel alongside images of dogs and cats and the words “Be an Angel for Animals: Adopt, Never Buy” during a photo shoot at Annapurna Studios for a new PETA India campaign. The beautiful hair and make-up were done by Tamanna Rooz, and Esha Amin styled the outfit.
“Rescued animals make the best companions. They are grateful to be spared a difficult life on the streets or to be adopted from an animal shelter. I feel happy that I have saved lives by adopting cats from the street”, Sania says. “I urge everyone who has the time and space to be a champion for homeless animals to please adopt a dog or a cat from an animal shelter or the street instead of from a pet store or a breeder.”
Across India, millions of dogs and cats struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them go hungry or are injured, hit by vehicles or abused. Countless others are left to languish in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them.
You can help animals too.
Bring joy into the life of a homeless dog or cat – as well as into your own life – by adopting a lovable and loving homeless animal if you have the time, space and resources to provide a lifetime of affection and care.
To take a bite out of the homeless-animal crisis, be sure to get your animal companions sterilised.
Written by PETA
Posted 09-11-2014, 10:10 AM
Atrocities in faraway places – such as beheadings of journalists in the Middle East – can make us feel powerless to do anything about them. After all, what can the average person do to help stop horrors that are happening elsewhere? But there are actually ways that we can help stop the violence and bloodshed – and even beheadings.
Think about it: at this very moment, millions of living beings who experience pain and fear, just like humans, are being violently killed – they’re often scalded, dismembered or skinned while still conscious, and yes, they’re beheaded. Animals who are used for food – including gentle lambs, scared chickens, innocent cows and calves and screaming piglets – often get their heads lopped off when sent to slaughter. But everyone who consumes meat can choose to take a stand today and say, “Not in my name”.
By choosing to eat foods that don’t come from animals, we can not only save animals’ lives – which is worthy in itself – but also help save our own lives. Studies show that vegetarians and vegans slash their risk of heart disease and strokes and are less likely to develop cancer and diabetes.
A nonviolent diet also helps people all over the world by combating climate change (animal agriculture is a top producer of greenhouse gases), saving water (animal agriculture is also a major consumer – and polluter – of water) and fighting hunger (eating plants directly is far more economical than funnelling them through animals first).
Nonviolence can begin on our plates. PETA’s free vegetarian/vegan starter kit can help you start doing your part to promote peace today.
Written by PETA
Posted 09-09-2014, 04:20 PM
Contrary to popular belief, those who support animal rights come from every background, culture, lifestyle and religion. Check out the following 20 people and one dog who dispel myths about animal rights in the blink of an eye:
It’s clear that it doesn’t matter who you are – everyone can stand up for animals. Plus, it’s never been easier to eat, dress, shop and have fun cruelty-free. If you support animal rights, please share this blog on Facebook and Twitter to help bust myths.
Written by PETA
Posted 09-05-2014, 02:29 PM
Following years of meetings and discussions with PETA India as well as continuous efforts by People for Animals (PFA) and work by the Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has amended the Education Regulations, 1991, and the Pharm D Regulations, 2008, to read, “wherever animal experimentations are prescribed in the curriculum, the required knowledge and skill should be imparted by using computer assisted modules” via notification in The Gazette of India.
The move would replace the use of animals such as mice, rats and guinea pigs, who are routinely used to train pharmacy students. Painful experiments involving burning animals’ feet, electrocuting them, inducing convulsions in them and killing them have been common in Indian pharmacy courses.
The new move is in line with guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment & Forests in January 2012 for colleges and universities regarding dissection and animal experimentation, which established that “[n]owadays effective alternatives in the form of CDs, computer simulations, manikin/models, in vitro methods, etc are available and they are not only effective and absolute replacements to the use of animals in teaching anatomy/physiology but they are also superior pedagogic tools in the teaching of pharmacy/life sciences”. In June 2012, the PCI had sent a copy of these guidelines to pharmacy teaching institutions throughout India.
There has been a trend away from the use of animals in education in India. In May 2014, the Medical Council of India amended its education regulations to call for the use of modern non-animal teaching methods for undergraduate students. In June, the University Grants Commission issued a notification ending dissection and experimentation (for training purposes) in university and college zoology and life sciences undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Both moves followed efforts by PETA, PFA and Minister Gandhi.
Written by PETA
Posted 09-03-2014, 10:30 AM
Cricketer Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman, popularly known as VVS Laxman, who has won man-of-the-match awards several times and has been honoured with Padma Shri and Arjuna awards, posed with a bat emblazoned with the slogan “Go Vegetarian” at Annapurna Studios in Jubilee Hills during a sneak peek of a shoot for PETA India’s pro-vegetarian campaign on Tuesday. The campaign will be shot by famed photographer YSN Murthy.
“Being vegetarian gives me energy and helps me stay sharp and strong”, says Laxman. “It has many benefits, and I believe that everyone should be vegetarian for a long and healthy life.”
Meat and dairy products cause human and animal suffering. The consumption of meat and other animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity – all of which are major health problems in India. And the meat industry is responsible for the daily suffering and terrifying deaths of billions of animals each year.
Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous-oxide emissions – all of which have been linked to the negative effects of climate change. Senior United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization official Henning Steinfeld concluded that the meat industry is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems”, including water pollution and land degradation. Also, raising animals for food uses vast quantities of water, placing a serious strain on water supplies.
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Written by PETA
Posted 08-25-2014, 04:45 PM
What’s colder than having a bucket of ice water dumped over your head? If you ask Pamela Anderson, it’s conducting painful experiments on animals. When Pamela learned from PETA US that the ALS Association funds experiments on monkeys and other animals, she accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” – and responded with a challenge of her own: Switch to modern, humane non-animal testing methods. Check out Pam in action:
Recently, Pam also sent a letter to Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan urging him to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in India.
We love you, Pam!
Written by PETA
Posted 08-21-2014, 05:49 PM
PETA and animals have lost a great friend. The late yoga guru BKS Iyengar (aka “Guruji”) often spoke up to help end animal suffering. For instance, he appealed to fellow yoga practitioner and fashion designer Donna Karan to stop using fur. He also starred in a PETA ad to promote healthy vegetarian living.
“If animals died to fill my plate, my head and my heart would become heavy with sadness”, Guruji told PETA. “Becoming a vegetarian is the way to live in harmony with animals and the planet.”
He worked to bring harmony into animals’ lives. To honour his memory, we hope the government will designate a “No Meat Day” in India.
Guruji, we miss you.