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Priyamani Says NO to Cages

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.

The campaign was shot at  The Infantry Hotel in Bengaluru. Priyamani’s outfit was created by Pritika Wadhwani, and her hair and make-up were done by Tejal Rao.

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Priyamani says:

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.

Baby Elephant NOT Approved in Zee Serial ‘Bandhan’

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.

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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.

Sania Mirza Is an ‘Angel’ for Animals

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.

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“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.

The Beheadings No One Is Talking About

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.

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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”.

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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.

21 Images That Dispel Myths About Animal Rights

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:

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Esha Kalve

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Actor Akhil Kapur

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Vidya Koduri

Hairstylist and Designer Sapna Bhavnani

Hairstylist and Designer Sapna Bhavnani

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Benazir Suraiya

Wrestler Sangram Singh

Wrestler Sangram Singh

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Bhuvaneshwari Gupta

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Model Pia Trivedi

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Grishma Myatra

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Dr Chaitanya Koduri

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Puja Mahajan

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Niranjan Shanmuganathan

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Dishita Yadav

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Emylou D’Souza

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Laila Koduri

family physician

Dr Rupa Shah

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Kashaan Farooqui

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Charles James

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Tara Gupta

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Neha Singh

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Bidyut Biswas

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.

Pharmacy Council Bans Animal Experimentation in Pharmacy Courses

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

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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.

Cricketer VVS Laxman Bats for Animals

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.

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“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.

Join VVS Laxman in going meat-free. ORDER your FREE Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit TODAY.

 

Pamela Anderson Takes the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ … for Animals

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:

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Recently, Pam also sent a letter to Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan urging him to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in India.

You can help Pamela. Urge the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics today.

We love you, Pam!

 

 

PETA on the Loss of Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar

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.

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“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.

Pamela Wants India to Ban Animal-Tested Cosmetics Sales

Written by PETA

Posted 08-21-2014, 04:59 PM

Former Baywatch star and Bigg Boss alum Pamela Anderson was delighted to learn that after banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is now considering an amendment to The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, that would include a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world. That’s why Anderson has written to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to urge him to have a heart for animals and go forward with extending the animal testing ban.

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In her letter, Anderson writes, “Please resist special interests and ‘dinosaur’ companies who still test in crude and cruel ways and do the right, kind thing. Please pass the proposed ban on the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals without delay“.

If introduced into The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, the new rule could state, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited. – No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported”.

“The European Union and Israel have already banned the marketing and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients were tested on animals, and more than 1,400 companies around the world have also banned all animal tests in favour of modern, non-animal and human-relevant test methods”, writes Anderson.

After learning about the issue from PETA India, many other stars – including Raveena Tandon-Thadani, Jacqueline Fernandez, Dia Mirza, R Madhavan, Rahul Khanna,Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt, Lara Dutta Bhupathi, Trisha Krishnan, Dino Morea and Esha Deol-Takhtani –petitioned the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in support of a sales ban on cosmetics and household products tested on animals.

This is not the first time that Anderson has spoken up for animals. Among dozens of international actions over the years, she recently supported PETA’s successful campaign to free the chained temple elephant Sunder who now lives in a spacious elephant park. The long-time vegan also wrote to then–Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2010 and asked him to help the cows who are abused and slaughtered in the gruesome leather trade.

After filming in Bigg Boss, Anderson adopted a desi dog she named Pyari.

After filming in Bigg Boss, Anderson adopted a desi dog she named Pyari.

You can help Pamela. Urge the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics today.

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