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Maharashtra Becomes Latest To Ban Deadly Manja

Written by PETA

Posted 04-26-2015, 10:06 AM

The government of Maharashtra has issued a circular under section 5 of The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, banning the sale, storage, and use of deadly manja – sharp kite strings that injure and kill birds and humans.

The circular comes as a result of a petition seeking a ban on manja, which was prompted by a concerned citizen and filed in the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court. People for Animals–Nagpur are an intervener in the matter.

Previously, after receiving appeals from (PETA India, the government advisory body Animal Welfare Board of India had urged states and union territories to ban manja, while the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change had issued an advisory urging them to address the manja issue.

Photos of birds injured by manja:

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Pigeon injured due to sharp manja

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Deadly manja caught on owl’s wing

The Maharashtra order states that:

 The public are not allowed to use pucca threads – commonly known as nylon manja – made out of plastic or any such synthetic material which is likely to cause grievous injury to birds as well as humans during kite-flying.

  • Wholesalers dealing in nylon manja will be told well in advance not to stock or sell it during the Makar Sankranti festival.
  • Nylon manja threads are not to be used because they have adverse effects on soil, waterways and cattle populations – as they are non-biodegradable, harm the environment when they fall on the ground and cause immense injury to animals, who are often cut by the strings.
  • The use of nylon manja threads often results in flashover on power lines and substations, causing power interruptions to consumers, straining and damaging electrical assets and causing accidents, injuries and loss of life as well as damage to environment – and therefore, such threads are not to be used for kite-flying.

PETA have been running an extensive campaign for a nationwide ban on manja use. As a result, Mumbai became the first city in Maharashtra to ban the sale and use of manja in 2009.

Many states and district administrations have already taken steps to ban or restrict manja use. Bareilly, Meerut, Varanasi, Chennai, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Amritsar, South-West Delhi, and the Gandhi Nagar subdivision of East Delhi are among the places that have banned or restricted the use of manja in some way.

However, proper implementation of the law and avoidance of the problems caused by manja will only be possible with a blanket ban on the sale, production and use of all forms of dangerous manja.

How can YOU help?

Ask for a country-wide ban on lethal manja TODAY by sending a message to authorities here:

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PHOTOS: Government Monkey Sterilisation Centre EXPOSED

Written by PETA

Posted 04-25-2015, 02:25 PM

Prompted by complaints over the treatment of monkeys at the Monkey Sterilisation (MSC) in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand – part of the state Forest Departments’ effort to control the population of monkeys in the area – inspectors with Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), People for Animals and PETA India inspected the facility in Himachal Pradesh and revealed that no written standard operating procedures are in place to ensure the humane treatment of the monkeys during capture, handling, transport, housing, surgery, post-operative care and release, which leads to injuries, starvation, prolonged captivity and other abuses.

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Monkey with a face injury

 

Monkey with a serious untreated injury of the tail

Monkey with a serious untreated injury of the tail

 

Monkeys huddle together indicating fear and pain

Monkeys huddle together indicating fear and pain

 

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Sharp iron mesh on the broken part of the a cage.

 

A tail injury and wasted food and water (an indication of pain)

A tail injury and wasted food and water (an indication of pain)

 

An untreated tail injury

An untreated tail injury

The facility also operates on pregnant monkeys in the absence of an ultrasound machine to detect pregnancy and does not have a weighing machine to measure out anaesthetics properly. During the period between February 2007 and February 2014, a total of 29,038 monkeys were captured and 24,751 were sterilised – 4,557 (or 16 per cent) of whom were unfit for sterilisation, as they were found to be either pregnant or already sterilised.

The report further revealed that the monkeys were rarely, if ever, given any pain relief after surgery and that the only oral analgesic available in the post-operative unit was acetaminophen (paracetamol), which provides only mild pain relief. The monkeys huddled together in pain and fear inside tiny, rusted, filthy and barren cages, and many of them – some of whom were pregnant – were starved for more than 24 hours and held captive for more than five days.

The AWBI have now urged the Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife), the Central Government and the Chief Secretary in Himachal Pradesh to take immediate action to comply with the requirements and forward the report on action taken to the board at once. With the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department in the process of advising other states (and even Sri Lanka) to start the same programme, the AWBI have recommended that the MSC be shut down until the Forest Department establish suitable standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure the monkeys’ humane treatment.

You can help by urging these officials to shut down the monkey sterilisation centre until the Forest Department establish a suitable SOP to ensure the monkeys’ humane treatment:

  • Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife) (igfwl-mef@nic.in)
  • Chief Secretary in Himachal Pradesh Forest Department (cs-hp@nic.in)

PETA Nominated for iVolunteer Award

Written by PETA

Posted 04-24-2015, 11:56 AM

PETA was instrumental in getting Sunder, the young elephant who was beaten and kept constantly tethered by short heavy chains, out of captivity and into his new home at the Bannerghatta Biological Park, where he now swims, bathes and bonds with other elephants.

Because of a relentless campaign to #FreeSunder, this issue received widespread media coverage, as have other campaigns and demonstrations.

PETA now has a chance to win INR 1 lakh to use to help even more animals. We need your help, though. Please vote for PETA!

If you want to know more about our work, watch this inspiring video and read about our many victories from last year alone. If you’re impressed, please vote for us and become a member if you aren’t already. We can’t do it without you and we truly appreciate your support!

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Woman ‘Experimented On’ in Delhi

Written by PETA

Posted 04-24-2015, 10:34 AM

PETA India Youth Outreach Adviser Neha Singh and other volunteers took part in a street theatre–style graphic demonstration to show how animals are abused and killed in laboratories in India and around the world. In public, Neha was caged, shackled to a table and “force-fed chemicals”. Her head was shaved, and she was “electrocuted” before she was “killed” and finally thrown in a dumpster.

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Every year, countless monkeys, dogs, rats and other animals are burned, blinded, cut open, poisoned, starved and drugged behind closed laboratory doors. These tests are not only cruel but also not directly applicable to humans because of the vast physiological differences between species. Modern research methods, such as in vitro tests, are less expensive, human-relevant and more reliable, and they don’t involve animals.

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PHOTOS: Man Takes Public Bath for Earth Day

Written by PETA

Posted 04-22-2015, 03:02 PM

PETA India supporters bathed publicly in Mumbai yesterday in the lead-up to Earth Day (22 April) to remind passersby that everyone can save water just by leaving meat, eggs and dairy products off their plates.

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By watering the crops that farmed animals eat, providing billions of animals with drinking water each year and cleaning away the filth from farms, trucks and slaughterhouses, the farmed-animal industry places a serious strain on our water supply.

According to the Water Footprint Network (WFN), the production of 1 kilogram of vegetables requires 322 litres of water.

In contrast, as the WFN explains, animal products use much more water. The following are six great reasons to go vegan this Earth Day (22 April 2015):

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Want to save water? Try going vegan by ordering a FREE vegan starter kit TODAY.

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Show ♥ for Animals Suffering in Laboratories

Written by PETA

Posted 04-22-2015, 11:55 AM

Show your love for monkeys, bunnies, dogs, cats, rats and other animals used for experiments. These animals, who are commonly burned, blinded, cut open, poisoned, starved or drugged in cruel experiments, need us to speak up for them! 

  • STEP 1: Get a pen, a pencil, a marker, paint, etc.
  • STEP 2: Find a piece of paper, or even use your own hands to write on.
  • STEP 3: Create a quick drawing letting people know animals are not ours to use for experiments. Get creative! See the examples below:

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  • STEP 4: Send a picture of your artwork to PETA Youth at Youth@petaindia.org by 26 April 2015 and upload it onto any social-media sites you use for all your friends to see.

Your artwork could be featured in a blog by PETA India, SO put on your creative HATS now and GET STARTED.

Not part of the PETA India’s Street Team yet? Click below to join right now!

 

Adoption Alert for Kitten

Written by PETA

Posted 04-14-2015, 12:29 PM

This gorgeous 3-week-old female calico kitten is looking for a permanent home. Would you like to adopt her?

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A PETA supporter found her struggling to survive on the streets.

This beauty now needs a permanent home with a loving family. If you’re interested in adopting this little bundle of energy, please contact JalajK@petaindia.org. The kitten’s sterilisation and initial vaccinations will be handled or reimbursed by PETA.

And please always stop and help whenever you suspect an animal is in distress.

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

Manish Gupta Launches Vegan Collection at India Runway Week

Written by PETA

Posted 04-11-2015, 01:15 PM

Fashion prodigy Manish Gupta knows that compassion is always in fashion, which is why the designer’s collection at 2015’s India Runway Week was free from animal skins like leather and fur, and his show was dedicated to PETA.

Gupta’s latest springdSummer collection “Florence” is completely plant-based. The designer’s choice of material means it breathes, drapes beautifully, and launders well. And to remind attendees exactly where leather comes from, PETA’s “cow” mascot walked the ramp holding a placard that read, “No Leather”.

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“Fashion is supposed to be fun”, Manish says. “These days, there are a wide variety of plant-based and other non-animal based materials available, including vegan synthetic leather, that look and feel just like the real thing. We do not have to make animals suffer”.

Leather production is violent and cruel. Cattle in India are typically crammed onto vehicles in such high numbers on their way to slaughter that they suffocate, inadvertently gouge each other with their horns or die in route. Those who survive have their throats hacked at, often while they are still conscious. Also, tanneries wreak havoc on our environment: Groundwater near tanneries has been found to contain high levels of lead, cyanide and formaldehyde.

You can help spare cows and other animals from such excruciating abuse by choosing to wear only animal-friendly fabrics. Check out the PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Awards for some cruelty-free inspiration, and get informed about who pays the highest price for your wardrobe by watching this one-minute video about the Indian leather industry.

6 Tips for Helping Animals Survive the Summer Heat

Written by PETA

Posted 04-10-2015, 12:02 PM

As summer temperatures soar, here are some lifesaving tips on caring for animals in the scorching heat:
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  1. Keep dog companions indoors. Unlike humans, dogs can sweat only through their footpads, and they cool themselves by panting. High temperatures can cause heat stress and physical injuries – including brain damage – and can even result in death.
  2. Avoid leaving animals in parked cars. Never leave a dog inside a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods of time with the windows slightly open. Even on a relatively mild 28-degree day, the temperature inside a car can climb rapidly, reaching a dangerous 32 degrees in the shade and a deadly 71 degrees in the sun. Dogs trapped inside a hot car can succumb to heatstroke within minutes – even if the car isn’t parked in direct sunlight.
  3. Provide animals with water when they’re outdoors. Place mud pots that are filled with cool, clean water outside your home or at places where there are homeless or working animals. Inexpensive mud pots will help keep the water cool and won’t tip over. To help birds stay cool, place bowls of water on window sills, on balconies, on terraces and in gardens. Change the water regularly.
  4. Give working animals a break. Ask owners of bullocks and donkeys to give the animals a rest, especially during the heat of the afternoon, and help the animals cool off by gently spraying water on them.
  5. Give animals a treat. Feed working animals fruit for a sweet treat.
  6. Stay alert and save a life. Keep an eye on all the animals you see outdoors. Make sure that they have adequate water and shelter. If you find an animal in distress, contact humane authorities right away and give the animal water for immediate relief. Contact PETA if you need advice or a referral to a local animal-welfare organisation or veterinarian. Do not leave the animal’s side before help arrives.

 

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PETA to Promote Vegan Fashion at India Runway Week

Written by PETA

Posted 04-09-2015, 10:24 AM

India Runway Week (IRW) is taking place from 10 to 12 April at the hotel Opulent in Delhi, and it will provide a platform for both established and up-and-coming designers to showcase their innovation and talent as well as network and exchange fresh ideas. So to put an ethical spin on this year’s event, IRW is partnering with PETA to promote vegan materials and turn heads and hearts with compassionate fashion.

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Visitors to IRW will be able to visit PETA’s “ExtraVEGANza” stall to receive our “Fashion Forward” leaflets, learn about vegan fashion options and get the scoop on how to help animals who are abused for clothing. PETA will display swatches of cruelty-free leather, fake snake, moc croc and faux fur for trendsetters to marvel at. No wonder fashion-forward designers like Stella McCartney work with these sumptuous fabrics. PETA will also be distributing our “Fake for Animals’ Sake” badge to fashionistas who want to make the point that they can have a look that kills without killing animals. Top designer Manish Gupta will join in on the fun by dedicating his entire show to the ExtraVEGANza.

What You Can Do

You can help save animals from being skinned alive, electrocuted and beaten to death for their skins by buying and wearing only vegan materials. Check out the winners of the 2013 PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Awards and PETA’s Vegan Fashion Awards 2014 for a list of top-notch designers and companies that create the hottest looks in fashion without harming animals.

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