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Actor Akhil Akkineni Says ‘Adopt Love’

Written by PETA

Posted 11-25-2015, 11:35 AM

Just after the release of his debut film Akhil, actor Akhil Akkineni appeared in a brand-new campaign for PETA India to encourage his fans to open up their homes to a homeless dog or cat.

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Akkineni with rescued dog Browney

Ace photographer YSN Murthy shot the ad, and Akkineni’s hair and make-up were done by Tamanna Rooz.

Akkineni says, “I have been brought up in a house where animals are our friends and we treat them as equals. … When someone is mean to a dog, they are being cruel to a living being.” He adds, “Animals don’t deserve to be abused. They deserve to be friends with us and they deserve to be appreciated for the beautiful beings they are.” Check out what else he had to say:

Right now, homeless cats and dogs all across India are fighting for their lives. With only scraps to eat, many go hungry. Others sustain broken bones and wounds that become infected, are killed by vehicles or are abused by cruel people. Countless more wait in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them.

And sterilisations are routine, affordable surgeries that can prevent thousands of animals from being born only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people or end up in animal shelters for a lack of good homes.

You can help by pledging to adopt


PETA Founder Transforms Herself Into A Bloodied, Dying ‘Chicken’

Written by PETA

Posted 11-20-2015, 10:35 AM

Wearing a “bloodied” chicken costume and lying with her throat “slit” on a chopping board next to a giant meat cleaver, PETA India founder Ingrid Newkirk reminded passers-by yesterday that flesh is flesh, in honour of World Vegan Month (November).

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PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk at Fort, Mumbai

“When it comes to joy, love, pain and suffering, chickens feel the same as any cow or human”, says Newkirk.” PETA points out that an estimated million once living, feeling chickens are killed to be eaten every four hours in India. We can stop the immense suffering of these gentle birds simply by choosing vegan meals.”

As shown in PETA’s “Glass Walls” video exposé, chickens have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, and pigs scream as they’re stabbed in the heart. Cows are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that their bones break as they’re dragged off to slaughterhouses, where many are dismembered while they’re still alive. On the decks of fishing boats, fish slowly suffocate in panic or are cut open while they’re still conscious.

You can help save animals’ lives:

Order your free Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit TODAY.

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Cricketer Kartik Murali to Receive PETA’s Compassionate Athlete Award

Written by PETA

Posted 11-17-2015, 09:09 AM

In recognition of Kartik Murali’s efforts to encourage the public to follow his lead by going meat-free, PETA India will be presenting the cricketer with a Compassionate Athlete Award. Kartik promotes vegetarian meals on social media and has also starred in PETA India campaigns.

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Kartik’s work to expose the suffering of animals in the meat industry helps save lives. Chickens used for food are crowded by the thousands into filthy sheds, where they’re surrounded by their own waste. Birds and other animals are crammed into vehicles for slaughter in such high numbers that many sustain broken bones, suffocate or die en route. At slaughterhouses, workers often hack at the throats of goats, sheep and other animals with dull blades.

Kartik is also quick to report animals in distress.

You Can Help

Spare the lives of animals. Go meat-free. Order your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today.

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Kapil Sharma Is PETA’s Person of the Year

Written by PETA

Posted 11-14-2015, 10:38 AM

As host of the smash hit Comedy Nights With Kapil, actor, singer and producer Kapil Sharma has brought home many a top prize, and now he’ll have one more to add to the list, courtesy of PETA India. For his dedication to promoting the adoption of dogs from animal shelters or the streets and helping animals in other ways, Sharma is being named PETA India’s Person of the Year for 2015.

Says Kapil, “I am thrilled to learn that I’m being recognised for helping animals. I love to make people laugh but what we all should know is that dog and cat homelessness is no laughing matter.  Each one of who has the time, resources and patience to welcome an animal companion into our homes should adopt a needy dog or cat from shelters or the streets. Zanjeer and I will cherish this PETA award forever!”

From coming to the rescue of puppies on the set of Comedy Nights to opening his home to retired police dog Zanjeer – who frequently accompanies him to work – Sharma has come to the aid of animals in need and spoken out countless times for homeless dogs and cats as well as formerly abused elephant Sunder, who is now safe at a sanctuary with other rescued elephants.

Sharma and the other stars of Comedy Nights also appeared in a PETA campaign to encourage the adoption of homeless animals.


Past recipients of PETA India’s Person of the Year Award include Dr Shashi Tharoor, retired Supreme Court Justice KS Panicker Radhakrishnan and actors Hema Malini, R Madhavan and Jacqueline Fernandez.

You Can Help!

If you have the time and resources to bring joy into the life of a homeless dog or cat, adopt a lovable and loving homeless animal. Make it official: sign our pledge to adopt animals from shelters or the streets and never buy them from breeders or pet shops.



ADOPTION ALERT: Who Wants to Make This Bunny Very ‘Hoppy’?

Written by PETA

Posted 11-13-2015, 11:27 AM

This darling rabbit was left abandoned on the road to suffer before he was brought to Animal Rahat by a concerned passer-by. Check out this short video of the bunny in action.

Super cute rabbit rescued by Animal Rahat would love to be a part of your family. He’s sterilised too! Interested? Write to We will transport him train or driving distance from Maharashtra, for the right home.

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He is sterilised and now looking for a permanent loving home.

If you’re interested in adopting this little one, please write to and check out these tips on responsible rabbit care. We are willing to transport him a reasonable distance via train or car from Maharashtra for the right home.

Also, remember: please always stop and help whenever you see an animal in distress.

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Talk in Delhi on Sunday: Vegan Eating and World Peace

Written by PETA

Posted 11-06-2015, 11:22 AM

The India Habitat Centre in New Delhi is hosting a talk by American financier and vegan activist Anil Narang on Sunday titled “The Imperative for Vegetarianism and Veganism for Moral Progress, Democracy and World Peace”.

Anil’s presentation will be on the fascinating and often unrecognised links between vegetarian eating and people’s attitudes towards compassion, kindness and peace. The talk will highlight that moral progress and animal liberty are interconnected and that if we want to achieve true world peace, we must extend our circle of compassion to include all the species with whom we share the planet.

The talk will be chaired by Prakash Narain, former chair of the Indian Railway Board, and current member of the Policy Commission of the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

Join him on 8 November at 7 pm. RSVP to


VIDEO: White Kitten Looking for a Loving Home

Written by PETA

Posted 11-05-2015, 02:52 PM

This gorgeous white kitty was found on a busy street, alone and suffering from a fever. Now she’s healthy and looking for a permanent loving home. Would you like to adopt her?

We will transport her train or driving distance from Mumbai, for the right home. If you’re interested in adopting this little bundle of joy, please write to

The kitten’s sterilisation and initial vaccinations will be handled or reimbursed by PETA.

Remember: please always stop and help whenever you see an animal in distress.

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Countless dogs and cats are languishing on the streets or waiting in animal shelters for a loving home. Do your part to ensure that as many animals as possible get good homes by never buying a dog or a cat from a breeder or a pet shop and by adopting a homeless animal from a shelter or the street instead.


Priyanka Chopra Lends Voice for World’s First Robotic Educational Elephant

Written by PETA

Posted 11-04-2015, 10:05 AM

Children have a natural empathy for animals. And when they learn about animal suffering, many kids want to do their part to help stop it. So schoolchildren are getting the opportunity to interact with a recently freed “elephant“, thanks to PETA US’ new walking, talking 6.5-foot-tall robot named Ellie, which is voiced by actor Priyanka Chopra, star of ABC’s new hit show Quantico. Ellie is starting a school tour that will take her all over the US, Europe and India, too.

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As Ellie moves, Chopra tells the kids her story, taking them through her painful separation from her mother as an infant, discussing the intimidation and physical punishment that she endured at the hands of her circus handlers and finally detailing her happy life at a sanctuary after her rescue.

Ellie has already visited 3,000 elementary school students in the US, who were captivated by the gentle giant. One student at Horace Mann Elementary in Oakland, California, asked, “Why don’t circuses just use robots instead?”

“Ellie is teaching kids that elephants belong in the wild, with their families, and that they suffer in captivity, where they’re subjected to abuse and unable to engage in natural behavior”, says Chopra. “I’m pleased to join with PETA in bringing Ellie to life for children everywhere.”


This Diwali, Say No to Patakhas

Written by PETA

Posted 11-03-2015, 06:43 AM

Encourage your friends, family and everyone you know to make this Diwali special for animals, too, simply by not bursting firecrackers! You can take the following two easy steps:

  1. Tweet a photo of your cat or dog with a note encouraging people not to use crackers in a way your dog or cat may say it tagging @petaindia and using the hashtag #SayNoToPatakhas.

For example, your message might look like this: “Crackers scare me!” #SayNoToPatakhas @petaindia

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  1. Share your photo on Facebook, Instagram and other social-media pages. We may retweet your inspiring action or share it in a future blog post.

So what are you waiting for? Get going!

NOT a member of PETA Youth’s Street Team yet? Join now!

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Meet PETA’s 2015 Cutest Vegetarians Next Door

Written by PETA

Posted 11-02-2015, 10:41 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 Abhijit Waghmare  and Ishita Jain as the Cutest Vegetarians Next Door of 2015 (insert a round of applause here).

Abhijit, the male winner loves being a vegetarian and believes that nature intended humans to live that way. And the female winner, Ishita, “does not want to kill anyone just for a fleeting taste of flesh.”

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Both winners will receive a sash, a trophy, a certificate, a vegan starter 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 reduces 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.


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