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Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival

Written by PETA

Posted 07-29-2015, 10:45 AM

JUST IN: The Gadhimai festival in Nepal has banned animal sacrifice, putting an end to a horrific massacre that has been taking place for the past 250 years. This is a long overdue victory for animals.

Until now, every five years, the town of Bariyarpur, Nepal, played host to the world’s largest animal sacrifice. Hundreds of thousands of animals, including chickens, goats and buffalo, were rounded up and marched to their deaths at the site of the temple of the Hindu goddess Gadhimai. After the traditional beheading of up to 10,000 buffalo at the start of the “holy” festival, hundreds of men hacked away at more defenceless animals with dull blades – a painful and terrifying way to die.

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Today, at last, the bloodshed has been forbidden. In a statement, the Gadhimai Temple Trust said:

The Gadhimai Temple Trust hereby declares our formal decision to end animal sacrifice. With your help, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is free from bloodshed. Moreover, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is a momentous celebration of life.

Many organisations were working to help end this atrocity, among them PETA and our international affiliates. Almost 90,000 supporters from all over the world send messages to Nepal official surging them to stop the bloodshed. Our friends over at PETA India also took to the streets of India to protest in a joint demo outside the Embassy of Nepal with the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations.

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Thank you so much for being part of this victory. We’d like to congratulate all the local groups in Nepal that had been campaigning on the ground for years to end the bloodshed. Today, compassionate people all over the world can celebrate the fact that animals will no longer be hacked to death by the thousand for an archaic ritual.

A Tribute To The Missile Man Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Written by PETA

Posted 07-28-2015, 11:36 AM

PETA India Offers up to Rs 25,000 to Find Persons Involved in Animal Sacrifice

Written by PETA

Posted 07-27-2015, 08:59 AM

Following news that a goat was killed outside a theatre in Vikarabad in the Ranga Reddy district by superstitious fans of the upcoming film Bahubali, PETA India is offering a reward of up to Rs 25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. It should be noted that the creators of the film had nothing to do with the animal’s slaughter.

Killing an animal in a municipal area outside of a licensed slaughterhouse is an apparent violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, which state, “No person shall slaughter any animal within a municipal area except in a slaughter house recognised or licensed by the concerned authority empowered under the law for the time being in force to do so”.

Such cruelty to an animal also apparently violates The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which states that it is a punishable offense if anyone “mutilates any animal or kills any animal (including stray dogs) by using the method of strychnine injections in the heart or in any other unnecessarily cruel manner”.

It may also be considered a violation of section 429 of the Indian Penal Code, which makes killing or maiming an animal a punishable offense.

Will you please consider sharing this information with your readers? It may be the only way to apprehend those responsible for this heinous act.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Inspector of Police Sri G Ravi at the Vikarabad Police Station on +91 9440627354 or at golluriravi@gmail.com.

 

Kidnapped Monkey Reunited With Her Family

Written by PETA

Posted 07-02-2015, 07:13 PM

Happy news!

The traumatised monkey whose kidnapping from Varandha Ghat in Maharashtra was caught on video, which then went viral, was reunited with her family by forest officials and PETA representatives today. Read about what happened to the alleged kidnappers here. And check out these photos:

  • Two members of the rescue team, PETA staff members Dr Ashish Sutar and Neha Singh, take bananas to entice the kidnapped monkey’s family to stick around for the reunion.

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  • This is the kidnapped monkey before she was reunited with her family.

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  • The kidnapped monkey reaches out to touch Neha’s finger for comfort.

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  • Dr Sutar releases the baby monkey back to her family.

Dr.A releasing it back to family

  • The family of the kidnapped monkey enjoys bananas during her return.

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How You Can Help

Contact PETA if you witness cruelty to any animal, and document the abuse if you can. Your action can help nab culprits, save lives and keep animal families together.

Alleged Monkey Kidnappers Arrested

Written by PETA

Posted 07-01-2015, 08:10 PM

The five alleged culprits who were secretly filmed kidnapping a monkey last week from Varandha Ghat (outside Pune) in Maharashtra were caught by forest officials earlier this week in Bhor, Maharashtra, after spending 10 days on the run.

PETA had reported the crime to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, and the Maharashtra Forest Department subsequently registered a Preliminary Offence Report regarding the matter. Since then, PETA has been in constant contact with forest officials.

All five of the accused appeared in front of the Bhor Taluka Court and were sent to jail on a 24-hour judicial remand. The traumatised monkey is now under the care of forest authorities and will soon be returned to Varandha Ghat.

The incident came to light when a video went viral on social media showing men capturing a monkey in front of the animal’s helpless family members and placing her inside a Hyundai i20. The car’s Maharashtra licence plate was easily visible. PETA hopes authorities will determine whether these men were part of a larger wildlife crime racket.

 

How You Can Help

Contact PETA if you witness cruelty to any animal, and document the abuse if you can. Your action can help nab culprits, save lives and keep animal families together.

Cat Sisters up for Adoption

Written by PETA

Posted 06-24-2015, 10:35 AM

Two cats up for adoption appear to be sisters and were rescued from a busy Mumbai street when they were just skin and bones. They are approximately 10 months old and are now healthy, so this loving duo are ready for cuddles with their new family. The two are inseparable and never leave each other’s side, so we are looking for a family with hearts of gold that can take both of them in. They have been vaccinated and sterilised.

Sister cats - Ginger and Bella

Sister cats – Ginger and Bella

If you are interested in adopting one or more of these kitties, please e-mail JalajK@petaindia.org. PETA is willing to transport them within driving distance or even a one-day train ride from Mumbai at our expense.

 

‘Building a Healthy India’ Lecture Tour Coming to Your City

Written by PETA

Posted 06-24-2015, 09:40 AM

Dr Zeeshan Ali, a programme specialist for the Washington, DC–based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will be embarking on a six-city tour in India to talk about the power of plant-based foods for helping to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

He may be in your city in the next two weeks, so please take a look at the schedule below and join him for what promises to be an informative and inspiring lecture.

 

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8 Bollywood Superstars Who Eat Vegan

Written by PETA

Posted 06-20-2015, 09:45 AM

Eating vegan feels good on the inside and out. That’s why some of the most famous faces in film keep meat, eggs and dairy off their plates to stay fit, eco-friendly and kind to animals. And oh, does it show. Check out which veg celebs top the list of plant-based popularity:

 Aamir Khan

As one of the most influential powerhouses in Bollywood, Aamir Khan knows how to instigate change. His latest move, which took place just before his 50th birthday, makes a statement about valuing one’s health – Aamir Khan now eats vegan. The producer, actor and director says that after watching a video about the 15 most common diseases and how diet can prevent them, he was convinced that going vegan was the best thing he could do for his health. They don’t call him Mr. Perfectionist for nothing.

Jacqueline Fernandez

PETA’s 2014 Woman of the Year and silver screen siren Jacqueline Fernandez is the definition of beauty, passion and compassion. That’s because she refuses to harm animals by eating meat, eggs and dairy products. And since going vegan, Jacqueline is challenging her loved ones to take the plunge for the 40 days of Lent. What a saint!

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Jacqueline Fernandez

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Ayesha’s performance in the hit thriller Wanted isn’t the only thing blowing people’s minds: She also spares animals’ lives by eating vegan, and even got her mum and sister to follow suit. The Bollywood star explains that after learning about the way animals raised for eggs and dairy are abused, confined and slaughtered, the then-vegetarian said goodbye to eatingall animal productsforever.

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Ayesha Takia

Kiran Rao

Besides being a stellar producer, director and writer for cinema hits like Dhobi Ghat Kiran Rao is also vegan. Her decision to spare animal lives’, reduce her carbon footprint and be kind to animals is also good for her health. That’s why she lobbied for her husband, Aamir Khan to make the win-win transition.

Neha Dhupia

When she isn’t busy filming hits like Rangeelay or rocking a dress made of leaves, Neha Dhupia protects animals and the environment by eating vegan. That’s why the fashionable and fit filmi helped PETA launch our V-Card, which was India’s first-ever discount savings card for vegans.

Neha Dhupia

Neha Dhupia

Richa Chadda

Richa Chadda isn’t just a model-turned-actor; she’s also a vegetarian-turned-vegan. After modeling a lettuce dress and becoming a mermaid for PETA’s pro-veg ads, the B-town beauty decided to shed eggs and dairy for good.

Richa Chadda

Richa Chadda

Mallika Sherawat

Known for her many starring roles in blockbuster films such as Murder, PyaarKe Side Effects and Welcome,screen queen Mallika Sherawat is also a hero to animals by being vegan. “If I had to pick the very best thing about being vegan, it’s my clear conscience”, says Sherawat, who was also crowned PETA’s Hottest Vegan in 2011.

Mallika Sherawat

Mallika Sherawat

Kangana Ranaut

After giving super hit films like Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns Kangana Ranaut besides being one of the finest actors of Bollywood. is now eating vegan. “Veganism as a way of life is deeply rooted in the Indian ethos. I switched to being a vegan and this has made a lot of difference in my life. I am very happy now.” Says Kangana

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Kangana Ranaut

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Order your free vegan starter kit

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Sisters Inspire Others to Help Animals

Written by PETA

Posted 06-09-2015, 05:34 PM

You don’t have to be all grown up to make a positive difference in animals’ lives – you can put your compassion into action at any age. For 15-year-old Chianna Shah, that meant donating the majority of her earnings from sponsorships from friends and family for this year’s Kolkata Marathon to PETA India. Meanwhile, her older sister at university cares for the community dogs in her residential area.

The Shah sisters have always loved animals, and we suspect that this comes from their parents who are PETA members. So when Chianna, a class 10 student at the Calcutta International School entered the 15-km race and began seeking sponsorships, she realised that the marathon was a great way to help animals who are abused and killed for food, clothing, entertainment and experimentation. Thanks to her well-wishers’ generosity, she was able to donate Rs 40,500 to help us stop cruelty to animals.

 

Chianna at Kolkata Marathon

Chianna Shah at Kolkata Marathon

 

In Bangalore, Chianna’s older sister, Naomi, an undergraduate student, has taken it upon herself to take care of dogs who don’t have homes in her neighbourhood. She even takes dogs who need medical attention to a veterinarian, because she knows how hard life is for community animals roaming the roads in search of food and shelter and often falling victim to cruel people, careless drivers or deadly diseases or injuries. That’s why it’s important to adopt, never buy, animal companions.

Life is full of opportunities to help animals. Join our Street Team, and we’ll help you make a difference today!

Bombay HC Directs Phase Out of Horse Carriages in Mumbai

Written by PETA

Posted 06-08-2015, 07:24 PM

Today, PETA India can announce that the Bombay High Court directed that horse carriages be phased out in Mumbai within a year.  In its order, the Court deemed that the use of horse carriages in Mumbai is “completely illegal”. Read the full court order here.

 The victory follows many years of campaigning by PETA India, which intervened, along with People for Animals (PFA), in the Public Interest Litigation filed by Animals and Birds Charitable Trust (ABCT).

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Ingrid Newkirk campaigning for horses in Mumbai

Previously, the Mumbai traffic police had restricted where and when the Victorias could be used in the city, but the numerous challans issued by the traffic police for violations over just a few months revealed the ineffectiveness of the partial ban.

PETA provided the court with evidence of cruelty to horses from its numerous investigations  of Mumbai’s horse-drawn Victoria industry, information about exhausted horses collapsing, and becoming victims of traffic accidents. These reports revealed that the horses were often injured, sick or severely malnourished and that they were forced to stand amidst their own waste in filthy and decrepit stables. Reports further revealed that the horses were frequently denied adequate rest, water and veterinary care.

Horse that fainted for 20 mins due to exhaustion on Marine Drive. PHOTO BY MID DAY

The court’s decision is supported by numerous celebrities, including Anushka Sharma, Arjun Rampal, Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, Mahesh Bhatt, John Abraham, Pooja Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunny Leone, Dino Morea and choreographer Sandip Soparrkar and his supermodel wife, Jesse Randhawa, as well as many others who took to Twitter, met with concerned government officials or helped in other ways to rid Mumbai of horse-drawn Victorias. Thousands of people also took part in PETA’s online campaign to call for the ban.

 

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This rescued horse who now lives at the Animal Rahat (animalrahat.com) sanctuary was formerly used to haul carriages in Mumbai.

M/s K Ashar & Co Advocates & Solicitors were the advocates on record for PETA, and the group was represented in the matter by Senior Counsel Jayaprakash Sen. PFA were represented by Senior Counsel Shiraz Rustomjee while ABCT were represented by Advocate Firoz Bharucha.

Keep checking this blog for more updates on this case.

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