Written by PETA
Posted 11-01-2014, 11:42 AM
A round of applause for all the finalists and a BIG thank you for all who took part! The competition was fierce in PETA India’s annual Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest, but after tallying the votes (and thanks to all who voted!) and weeding through the top picks, we’ve selected the winners. Without further ado, we’re proud to crown Sriram Sankar and Vaishnavi Pranjale as the Cutest Vegetarians Next Door of 2014 (insert a round of applause here).
Sriram, the male winner, says that a vegetarian diet gives him a clear conscience, a healthy lifestyle, a likely longer life and a reduced risk of heart disease. He strongly believes that “choosing to eat vegetarian not only saves the lives of many animals but also helps us save our planet by conserving natural resources, such as food, water and land”.
And the motto of the female winner, Vaishnavi, is, “Stay gorgeous, stay vegan”. She feels that a vegetarian diet helps her “stay beautiful on the inside and out”.
Both winners will receive a sash, a trophy, a certificate, a vegan starter kit to share with their friends, a DVD of “Glass Walls” and, most importantly, bragging rights. Who wouldn’t want to brag about following a plant-based diet, which decreases your risk of cancer, heart disease and obesity; shrinks your carbon footprint and spares the lives of many animals a year? So how about going vegetarian yourself? Getting started is as easy as checking out these yummy dishes and helping yourself to this useful read. Who knows? You might even be inspired to enter the contest next year.
Written by PETA
Posted 10-31-2014, 04:24 PM
You can go to all the slasher flicks you want, but nothing will compare to these short videos:
1. “Factory Farming in 60 Seconds Flat”
2. “The Dairy Industry in 60 Seconds”
3. “The Leather Industry in 60 Seconds”
4. “Sheep Killed, Left to Die for U.S. Wool”
5. “Angora Rabbit Fur Cruelty”
Written by PETA
Posted 10-26-2014, 02:01 PM
One Direction, say it isn’t so! It’s been reported and confirmed (click through to see photos!) that the band used a live chimpanzee while filming their music video for “Steal My Girl.” Other wild animals were also on set with the chimpanzee, and they all came from the infamous Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife.
According to PETA US, Martin has been cited numerous times for mistreating animals, including citations for these issues:
Animals are NOT ours to use for entertainment! It is standard practice for chimpanzees to be torn away from their mothers at birth and trained under threat of punishment to perform unnatural tricks for human amusement. Then only a few years later, these animals are commonly discarded at roadside zoos, forever trapped in captivity.
Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife has a history of disposing of unwanted chimpanzees and other wild animals by placing them in poorly run roadside zoos. Two chimpanzees Martin used ended up at the atrocious Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, and in 2004, PETA US found a chimpanzee named Walter, who had also been discarded by Martin, living at the notorious Amarillo Wildlife Refuge roadside zoo.
Written by PETA
Posted 10-21-2014, 02:31 PM
The start of a new academic year is ripe with opportunity, which is why the Management Society of Thadomal Shahani Engineering College (MS-TSEC) kicked it off with a special initiative – raising funds to help animals. The institute’s annual festival, CarMa, teamed up with famed comedy collective Schitz en Giggles to host a fundraiser to support PETA Youth‘s mission to end animal abuse.
MS-TSEC students were in for a real treat – and not just because the boys from Schitz en Giggles made them laugh uncontrollably.
In addition to honing management skills, students were empowered to make a difference for animals.
To get involved with PETA Youth and organise an empowering event at your college, please e-mail Youth@petaindia.org.
Written by PETA
Posted 10-14-2014, 04:40 PM
After intensive efforts by PETA India, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and others, the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has made an announcement that will save millions of animals from being blinded, poisoned and killed in cruel and useless tests for products sold to India’s billion-plus population. In a move that will bring cheers from around the world, the Ministry has now officially banned animal-tested cosmetics from being imported into India via a notification in The Gazette of India. The decision will be implemented in November.
The new rule states, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited.—No cosmetic that has been tested on animals after the commencement of the Drugs and Cosmetics (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2014 shall be imported into the country”. The move brings India up to speed with Israel and the European Union nations, which have already banned the sale and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics. Earlier this year, the testing of cosmetics on animals was banned in India following efforts by PETA and others.
“This is a message to the whole world that India will not tolerate blinding bunnies for shampoo, mascara and other ‘beauty’ products – and this ruling now gives an upper hand to businesses that use superior, human-relevant, non-animal testing methods”, says PETA Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “We applaud the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for looking out for animals’ interests and for championing modern science.”
Pamela Anderson, Esha Gupta, Sonakshi Sinha, Evelyn Sharma, Anoushka Shankar, Poorna Jagannathan, Priya Anand, Neha Dhupia, Raveena Tandon-Thadani, Jacqueline Fernandez, Dia Mirza, R Madhavan, Rahul Khanna, Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt, Lara Dutta, Trisha Krishnan, Dino Morea, Esha Deol-Takhtani, Tamannaah Bhatia, Ritwik Bhattacharya, Pia Trivedi and other stars as well as Dr Shashi Tharoor and numerous other MPs previously petitioned the Ministry to end the import of cosmetics tested on animals after learning about the issue from PETA India.
Written by PETA
Posted 09-24-2014, 05:41 PM
If looks could kill, Ileana D’Cruz‘s steely gaze would have angora fur and wool farmers trembling in their boots. The Bollywood star goes backless in a brand-new ad for PETA India launched in association with Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW).
In the ad, Ileana urges fans to “[g]ive cruelty the cold shoulder. Say NO to angora fur and wool”. The sexy ad was created by ace photographer Colston Julian. Ileana’s hair and make-up were done by Kritika Gill. The ad was styled by Tanya Mehta.
The launch was an extension of a joint initiative between PETA and LFW called “ExtraVEGANza“, which celebrates vegan (non-animal) leather, vegan fur and other modern and humane materials.
“[R]abbits are treated really violently. … Because of that violent nature of pulling out the fur while the animal is still alive, it goes into terrible shock and trauma”, says Ileana. “[A]ngora can be sold as fur as well as wool. And you find it in sweater[s] or scar[ves]. … You have to actually check the labels to see what it’s made of. And when you do find that it’s made of angora fur, I would really request you that the only way we can stop this is by not buying stuff like this.”
A PETA Asia investigation of nine angora fur farms in China – which exports 90 per cent of the world’s angora fur and wool – documented workers ripping the hair from the rabbits’ sensitive skin as the animals screamed in pain. Rabbits who have their hair cut or sheared also suffer. During the shearing process, the rabbits’ front and back legs are tethered tightly – a terrifying experience for any prey animal. All angora rabbits spend their lives confined individually to barren wire cages that harm their sensitive feet.
The best thing you can do to help rabbits and other animals abused for fashion is to read labels and put garments that contain angora fur, wool or any other animal-derived item back on the rack.
You can help.
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.