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Neha Dhupia Debuts PETA’s New ‘V-Card’ in Mumbai

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Posted 11-21-2014, 09:25 AM

Actor Neha Dhupia teamed up with PETA India again, this time to unveil India’s first vegan discount card, PETA’s V-Card, at Corniche – At the Waterfront in Bandra West, Mumbai. PETA’s V-Card initiative is supported by Burrp! 

The V-Card gives cardholders a 10 per cent discount on vegan foods from special V-Card menus at numerous participating restaurants in Mumbai and Bangalore. The card – which can be ordered for free from PETAIndia.com – debuted in November in honour of World Vegan Month.

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“PETA’s V-Card is a great initiative to make mouth-watering vegan meals available to the public at a discount”, Dhupia says. “I’m looking forward to trying each of the many restaurants on PETA’s list that offer delicious plant-based dishes.”

“PETA’s V-Card provides a unique opportunity for anyone to try new vegan options around the city”, says a Burrp! representative. “Burrp.com is happy to throw its support behind this new programme.”

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A shocking look inside Indian slaughterhouses reveals the miserable lives and painful deaths of chickens whose throats are cut and whose bodies are dunked into scalding-hot water for feather removal, often while they’re still conscious. Other animals slaughtered for meat are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that many are severely injured or die en route to the slaughterhouse. The animals are often hit, dragged, handled cruelly and sometimes even denied food and water.

Dhupia joins a growing list of celebrities – including Pankaj Advani, Lara Dutta Bhupathi, Shahid Kapoor, R Madhavan, Hema Malini, Anil Kumble, Pamela Anderson and Paul McCartney – who have teamed up with PETA to promote a healthy and compassionate animal-friendly diet.

Get your free V-Card today!

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Delhi Twins Win PETA’s Compassionate Kid Award

Written by PETA

Posted 11-18-2014, 10:15 AM

People often say that twins share everything – and in the case of Lakshman and Ram Vinayak, twin brothers from Delhi, it’s certainly true when it comes to caring about animals. That’s why PETA is awarding the empathetic and proactive 8-year-olds, who’ve gone out of their way to help animals in need, with our Compassionate Kid Award. Congrats, times two!

Ram and Lakshman have always loved animals. When the brothers noticed a litter of puppies at their school who were trying to use a dumpster for shelter, they built the family a home of their own. The resourceful boys made a roof out of thick cloth and walls out of heavy bricks (that the boys dropped on their feet more than once!).

They also dragged a mattress in for a bed and used a cut-open sack for curtains. When adults tried to stop them, they cited Gandhiji as their inspiration and kept working. They even fashioned a “Home Sweet Home” sign for the entrance of the puppies’ new shelter. The puppies were ultimately adopted by their friends.

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The twins also helped two fledglings they’d encountered while walking their dog, Poppins. Lakshman and Ram made the young birds a “nest” by lining a bamboo basket with cotton and fed them with a syringe. Soon after, the birds were hopping and flying around the house and singing.

The boys regularly took the birds to the park so they could get comfortable with their natural habitat. And while the twins were devastated when the birds decided to stay in the park, they understood that it was their real home. The birds continue to live there.

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Do you know a kiddo who loves helping animals? Nominate him or her for PETA’s Compassionate Kid Award today!

 

Boy, Inspired by PETA Founder, Saves Chickens

Written by PETA

Posted 11-14-2014, 03:15 PM

Just in time for Children’s Day and after seeing a media photo of PETA India founder Ingrid Newkirk promoting empathy for chickens by locking herself in a cage alongside “chicken” props in Mumbai last week, a 10-year-old boy named Johnny from the Mumbai suburb of Bandra and his mother delivered two chickens destined for the family’s dinner plates to PETA’s office.

The boy had pleaded with his mother to allow the birds to live. The chickens – named Natalie and Vidya after Hollywood star Natalie Portman and Bollywood star Vidya Balan, who are both vegetarian animal lovers – will soon be sent to their new home, where they’ll be allowed to live out their lives in peace.

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Natalie and Vidya

In today’s meat industry, chickens are crowded by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds that reek of ammonia from the birds’ accumulated waste. At slaughter, their throats are slit while they are still conscious and struggling. Other animals slaughtered for meat are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that many are severely injured or die en route to the slaughterhouse.

In addition to sparing animals immense suffering, eating vegan meals helps reduce people’s risk of developing heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer. People who go vegan also reduce their carbon footprint, as the meat industry is a leading producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

Do you want to help chickens, too? November is World Vegan Month, so sign our pledge to go vegan today!

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FREE: Dr Barnard’s ‘Program for Reversing Diabetes’

Written by PETA

Posted 11-14-2014, 12:00 PM

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If you have diabetes, are concerned about developing it or know somebody who has it, this book will change your life. Today on World Diabetes Day, we are giving away 10 copies of Dr Neal Barnard‘s ground-breaking book Program for Reversing Diabetes.


With a low-fat vegan diet – free of all animal products and added vegetable oils–you can improve how your body responds to insulin, thereby reversing the defining symptom of diabetes. The book also includes delicious, quick and easy-to-make recipes.

The first 10 people based in India who write to us at JalajK@petaindia.org with their name, postal address and phone number will receive a free copy.

If you’re not among the first 10? Don’t worry! You can order the book here.

India Gets World’s First-Ever Vegan Discount Card

Written by PETA

Posted 11-13-2014, 10:56 AM

World billiards champion Pankaj Advani teamed up with PETA India to unveil the world’s first-ever vegan discount card, PETA’s V-Card, in Bangalore at The Chancery Pavilion. The V-Card gives cardholders a 10 per cent discount on vegan foods from special V-Card menus at the Ithaca in The Chancery Pavilion and other participating restaurants in Bangalore and Mumbai.

The card – which can be ordered for free from PETAIndia.com – debuted in November in honour of World Vegan Month. PETA’s V-Card initiative is supported by Burrp!

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In today’s meat industry, chickens are crowded by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds that reek of ammonia from accumulated waste. At the slaughterhouse, their throats are cut and their bodies are dunked into scalding-hot water for feather removal, often while they are still conscious. Other animals slaughtered for meat are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that many are severely injured or die en route to the slaughterhouse. The animals are hit, dragged and cruelly handled and are often denied food and water.

Vegan meals help reduce the risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer. They also help the environment: raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

Advani joins a growing list of celebrities – including Lara Dutta BhupathiShahid Kapoor, R Madhavan, Hema Malini, Anil Kumble, Pamela Anderson and Paul McCartney – who have teamed up with PETA to promote a healthy and compassionate animal-friendly diet.

Why not give vegan dining a chance?

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PETA Founder Awaits ‘Slaughter’ Outside KFC

Written by PETA

Posted 11-07-2014, 09:30 AM

If you were in the Bandra West neighbourhood of Mumbai today, you might have seen PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk caged and surrounded by “chickens” outside American chicken-meat restaurant chain KFC next to a sign reading, “Against Cruelty? Go Vegan”. She wanted to bring a powerful message to Mumbai at the start of World Vegan Month: that chickens killed for food experience immense stress and deprivation in filthy, cramped cages or sheds long before they’re shipped to a painful death at a slaughterhouse.

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“What did a chicken ever do to us to deserve such abuse?” Newkirk asks. “These sensitive, intelligent animals have feelings, families and friendships, just as we do, and if we can’t imagine sitting in a cage awaiting a painful death, we have no right to force any animal to die for our taste buds.”

Chickens on factory farms are crowded by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds that reek of ammonia from their accumulated waste. At slaughter, their throats are sawn with a dull knife and their bodies are dunked into scalding-hot water in order to remove their feathers, often while they are still conscious. Other animals slaughtered for meat are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that many are severely injured or die outright en route to the slaughterhouse. The animals are hit, dragged and cruelly handled and are often denied basic necessities, such as food and water.

Raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

Vegan meals help reduce the risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

Still up for that chicken drumstick? We hope you’ll stand with us to speak out against the suffering of chickens raised for food. Going vegan is the only compassionate choice.

Celebs Who Don’t Eat Meat

Written by PETA

Posted 11-04-2014, 12:04 PM

What a year for animals used for food! From ages 20 to nearly 80 and fields as diverse as politics, acting, singing and professional sports, all of the following celebs made compassionate choices in their lives and opted to follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle! They are all sexy to us.

 

Jacqueline Fernandez

R Madhavan

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Lara Dutta Bhupathi

Sangram Singh

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Rajneesh Duggal

Rajniesh Duggall

Anil Kumble

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Poorna Jagannathan

 

 

Meet PETA’s 2014 Cutest Vegetarians Next Door

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 to help us decide who we should pick as the winners!) and weeding through the top picks, we’ve selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count. 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”.

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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”.

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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.

5 Scary Videos That Will Keep You Up at Night

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”

 

One Direction: Pull Chimpanzee From Your New Video!

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.

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According to PETA US, Martin has been cited numerous times for mistreating animals, including citations for these issues:

 

  • Failing to provide adequate veterinary care
  • Locking chimpanzees and orang-utans in small cages for up to 18 hours a day
  • Failing to supply proper shelter from the elements
  • Denying animals adequate space, clean cages, and proper food

 

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.

Urge One Direction to cut the chimpanzee and other animal scenes from their video today, and ask them to pledge NEVER to work with wild animals again!

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