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Good News for PETA’s Circus Campaign

Written by PETA

Posted 11-27-2014, 07:30 PM

After show-cause notices were issued to various circuses around the country earlier this year by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), the CZA has now de-recognised six circuses as captive-animal facilities and urged the AWBI to cancel the performance permission for one.

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In addition, in a letter addressed to the AWBI, the Animal Welfare Division of the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has stated that “(i) AWBI should take necessary steps to deregister the animals used in the circuses in a phased manner wherever cruelty is involved. (ii) AWBI should also make arrangement for rehabilitation of the deregistered animals. (iii) AWBI should not register any new animal hereafter”.

The six circuses that received the notices directly from the CZA are the Jamuna, Moonlight, Rambo, Gemini, Jumbo and Rajkamal circuses.

The CZA also directed the AWBI to cancel the permission for the SAM Circus to perform if it had been granted, as the circus had not even bothered to apply for CZA recognition.

The CZA’s action means that the affected circuses can no longer train, exhibit or use any wild animals protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, including elephants. The CZA notice also means that state forest departments that have issued the ownership certificates for these circuses’ elephants must cancel them, confiscate the elephants and move them immediately to a sanctuary.

Earlier this week, animal rescue group Wildlife SOS announced its willingness to take in elephants rescued from circuses. These actions are in response to an a nine-month long investigation of 16 circuses by PETA India that revealed cruelty to animals, such as the use of torture devices, nearly constant chaining or caging and neglect.

Upon receipt of PETA’s report, the CZA formed a team of evaluators, including veterinarians and wildlife department and AWBI representatives who recently visited circuses and confirmed PETA’s findings.

PETA India’s investigation of circuses was conducted from November 2012 to July 2013, and the findings included rampant use of torture devices; animals who had died from inadequate care or who had simply “gone missing”; drunken circus staff who were handling animals; nearly constant chaining and caging and other severe confinement of elephants, dogs, cats, birds and other animals; animals who showed signs of severe psychological distress, including constant swaying, circling and even self-mutilation; and the use of elephants and other animals who were nearly blind or had severe eye problems and other cruelty.

PETA India is now calling on the MoEF to ban the use of animals in circuses outright,as Bolivia,Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Greece have already done.

You can help.

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Kittens Found in Dharavi Need Forever Homes!

Written by PETA

Posted 11-23-2014, 01:00 PM

These brothers were found hungry, crying and alone in two separate places in Dharavi, where much of the film Slumdog Millionaire was shot. PETA UK Director Mimi Bekhechi rescued them on her visit to India.

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Now, these sweet slum cats, temporarily named Millionaire (white) and Timon (brown) – remember The Lion King? – are in need of loving, permanent homes. If you can open your heart to one or both of them, please e-mail us immediately at Info@petaindia.org.

They are friendly, playful, very loving and just plain adorable. We’re looking to place them in compassionate, permanent homes in Maharashtra or anywhere else we can drive to, such as Gujarat, Goa or some parts of Karnataka.

Countless cats roam India’s streets in constant danger of being hit by vehicles, contracting diseases or falling prey to cruel humans. Others fill animal shelters to the limit, languishing in small cages without the love that they need to flourish. Every time people buy cats from a shop or a breeder, they take a potential home away from an animal in need. Can you give a homeless kitten or two a lifetime of love?

If you’re interested in adopting one or both of these kittens and have the time, resources, love and patience to make a lifetime commitment to them, please send your contact information, including mobile phone number and location, to Info@petaindia.org. Please be sure to write “kitten adoption” in the subject line.

PETA will either sterilise the kittens or reimburse you for the cost of sterilisation and also pay for their initial vaccinations.

Go on – make these kittens slumcat millionaires with a loving home. We look forward to hearing from you!

Victory! Cruel Kambala Stopped in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi

Written by PETA

Posted 11-22-2014, 06:46 PM

Buffalo races, called “Kambala”, have been cancelled in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts in Karnataka after PETA let officials know that not only is this 300-year-old event cruel, allowing it would also violate a 2014 Supreme Court judgement confirming the 2011 law stating that bulls cannot be used as performing animals.

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The Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001, also requires that any exhibition, performance or training involving animals needs to have the permission of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). But the AWBI would not grant permission to allow buffalo bulls to be forced to race, as it is banned by law.

In Kambala, buffalo bulls are forced to run fast through water out of fear of physical abuse and pain. Bulls are beaten with a whip and may be jabbed or hit with sticks, or with people’s bare hands. During races, bulls’ tails may also be painfully bitten and twisted. They are also yanked and handled by their nose ropes, often leaving them bleeding and in pain.

Contact PETA immediately at Whistleblower@petaindia.org if you learn that bullock races, jallikattu or bullfights are happening in your area.

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

Written by PETA

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

Anil Kumble

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Poorna Jagannathan

 

 

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