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Major Circus to Phase Out Elephant Acts

Written by PETA

Posted 03-06-2015, 11:09 AM

American circus Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has just announced that in response to growing public concern over “how the animals are treated,” it will end elephant performances by 2018.

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“There’s been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers,” said Alana Feld, the company’s executive vice president. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable with us touring with our elephants.”

For 35 years, PETA US has protested Ringling Bros.’ cruelty to elephants. PETA also caught Ringling’s abuse on video and released to the world a former Ringling trainer’s photos of the circus’s violent baby-elephant training. PETA US knows that extreme abuse of these majestic animals occurs every single day, so if Ringling is really telling the truth about ending its road show, then it’s a time to rejoice that the first important step has been taken—but there are many more to take.

Watch a video statement from PETA founder Ingrid E. Newkirk here.

Many of the elephants Ringling uses are painfully arthritic and have tuberculosis, so performances need to stop immediately. Three years is too long for a mother elephant separated from her calf, too long for a baby elephant beaten with the sharp weapons called bullhooks or ankushes as they are called in India and that Ringling handlers use routinely, too long for an animal who would roam up to 30 miles a day in the wild to be kept in shackles.

If the decision is serious, then the circus needs to do it NOW. Then it would need to be seen what happens to them afterward because Ringling’s Florida compound is no sanctuary and Ringling is still in the profit business, at the animals’ expense.

What You Can Do

Use this PETA US action alert to urge Ringling Bros. to stop cruel elephant performances now—not in three years!

In India, the government has already banned the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers and lions in performances. PETA India is now calling on the Indian government to follow the lead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Bolivia and Greece by banning the use of elephants and all other animals in circuses.

Take action here to urge the Indian government to stop the use of elephants and other animals in Indian circuses.

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Joaquin Phoenix Is Horrified By Dog-Leather

Written by PETA

Posted 03-05-2015, 12:07 PM

“The footage that you’re about to watch of China’s dog-leather trade is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen,” begins the Grammy award-winning and Academy Award and Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix in his new PETA Asia exposé released in the lead up to Lakme Fashion Week and Amazon India Fashion Week coming up in March.

The footage was captured by a PETA Asia investigator at a facility that bludgeons and skins 100 to 200 dogs a day.

Most of the world’s leather comes from China, where there are no penalties for abusing animals killed for their skins.
Products made from dog leather are exported throughout the world and sold to unsuspecting customers. So if you buy leather, remember: There’s no easy way to tell whose skin you’re really in.

Vegan Phoenix shuns clothes made of any animal’s skin, wool, or fur and famously wore vegan leather boots as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line.

Join Joaquin in speaking out against leather! Learn more about the investigation and sign the pledge here.

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Calling Ladies (and Gents): PETA Is Hiring!

Written by PETA

Posted 03-04-2015, 05:03 PM

There will be a lively celebration at PETA for International Women’s Day, thanks to our team, which is loaded with fiercely intelligent, driven and compassionate females. We are truly blessed to have such a positive and accomplished team, which, of course, also includes our respectful and forward-thinking male colleagues. Do you want to help animals and work for an egalitarian organisation?

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If so, you’re in luck! PETA India is currently hiring for five different positions, from working on campaigns and marketing to exposing cruelty to animals as an investigator. As part of one of the most popular animal rights organisation in the nation, you’ll help save animals’ lives and drastically improve the quality of life for both animals and humans in a friendly, collaborative environment.

We believe in equality for all: both men and women – as well as animals. Women participate in every facet of PETA’s groundbreaking work – from holding demonstrations and speaking to the media to going undercover for investigations and meeting with governmental officials. Since all our staff is treated equally, it’s no surprise that our founder, CEO, nutritionist, manager of systems and administration, media and celebrity projects specialist, media and celebrity projects assistant, online marketing coordinator, senior education coordinator, youth outreach adviser, fundraising coordinator and supporter services administrator are all women.

Jump-start your career in an empowering professional community by e-mailing your cover letter and CV to Jobs@petaindia.org today. You never know what tomorrow holds, but you can certainly help to make it better by taking action today.

7 Ways PETA and its Affiliates Are Advancing Science

Written by PETA

Posted 02-28-2015, 11:22 AM

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In honour of National Science Day on 28 February, we’re putting PETA India and our international affiliates under the microscope to see how they are modernising science in India and around the world. Here are the top seven ways:

1. Ending Product Testing on Animals

Blinding rabbits for mascara or detergent? Not on our watch! Following intense campaigns by PETA India and work by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare banned testing cosmetics on animals and even went a step further by also banning the importation of animal-tested cosmetics. There’s more: the relevant Bureau of Indian Standards committee removed animal testing from the requirements for household products. However, animal-tested household products are still sold in India, so be sure to check out our list of cruelty-free companies before you shop.

2. Cutting Out Dissection

Animals deserve to be left in peace – not in pieces. Thanks to PETA India, Gandhi and others, the University Grants Commission banned all animal dissection and experimentation (for training purposes) in university and college zoology and life-sciences undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Furthermore, the Pharmacy Council of India banned the use of animals to train students, and the Dental Council of India banned the use of animals for training both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

3. Offering Trauma-Free Training

To show schools how effective non-animal training tools are, PETA India held a national veterinary training workshop for veterinary professors and a medical training workshop for people in the medical field. Nearly 500 teachers from 120 medical schools attended our continuing medical education workshop series, which included lectures and demonstrations of modern, effective and economical humane-education methods that can be used in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (or “MBBS”) curricula.

4. Funding Non-Animal Tests and Submitting Shareholder Resolutions

PETA US have provided more than US$1 million in funding for the advancement of non-animal testing methods and other options to replace animal testing. Another way PETA US help animals in laboratories is through their innovative shareholder campaign. PETA US have filed shareholder resolutions covering many animal-testing issues with dozens of chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

5. Rescuing Animals Sent to Laboratories

Thanks to PETA India and others, 70 beagles who were imported from China by Advinus Therapeutics Ltd, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore, were rescued and taken to animal-protection groups for adoption.

6. Halting Animal Experiments at the IRIS Science Fair

After speaking with PETA India, the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) and Intel Technology India Pvt Ltd banned animal experiments from the IRIS National Fair. Now, students can compete compassionately in India’s largest student science contest.

7. Holding Free Webinars on Animal-Friendly Testing Methods

In case there is any question as to whether PETA and its affiliates mean business, take a look at the consortium that is working to help implement non-animal testing methods and whose members include PETA and its affiliates. The PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd, and another group called Chemical Watch hold free webinars focusing on non-animal testing methods and strategies. These webinars help industry toxicologists, those registering chemicals for the first time and companies that would like to know more about validated non-animal tests that are available now and how other businesses are using them.

Show your support for animals who are suffering in laboratories by letting the world know that testing on animals is just plain cruel and that you won’t be part of it.

The Truth About Fur: The Harsh Reality of Mink Farming

Written by PETA

Posted 02-27-2015, 10:22 AM

A look at the barbaric ways in which minks are killed and skinned at countless fur farms around the world.

All around the world at fur farms like this one, minks – as well as rabbits, foxes and other animals – are crammed into barren cages and have the skin ripped off their bodies, all just to make fur coats, collars and trinkets. Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available to them, including suffocation, electrocution, poison and gas. At this farm, minks are picked up by their sensitive tails and shoved into a box to be gassed. One mink in this video – like many animals killed for their fur – doesn’t die immediately. The farmer then tried to break his neck against the side of his crude wooden “kill box”.

The fur industry would have you believe that fashion justifies such torture, but there’s never any excuse for such barbaric treatment of animals. The farmer in this video casually described the techniques for ripping the bloody pelts off minks’ bodies, snapping the animals’ penis bones and using old pruning shears to cut off their paws.

Do you have friends or family members who still think that fur is in fashion? Remind them that in some countries, even cats and dogs are skinned alive for their fur, which is often then mislabelled and sold to unsuspecting consumers in countries all over the world.

Share this video, and encourage them to choose only animal-friendly clothing.

Mimi & Maggie Join PETA’s Campaign Against Circus Cruelty at IKFW

Written by PETA

Posted 02-24-2015, 05:10 PM

Clothing company Mimi & Maggie are known for feminine, playful designs and have now added compassion to their list of inspirations, teaming up with PETA for this year’s India Kids Fashion Week (IKFW).

Mimi & Maggie dedicated their spring show to PETA’s campaign against circus cruelty and pulled out all the stops to make an ethical fashion statement. During their show, a clown took to the stage holding a placard reading, “I Choose to Perform, Animals Don’t. Say No to Animal Circuses”. Mimi and Maggie Clown photos (1) Mimi and Maggie Clown photos (2)

What You Can Do to Help

The best way to put an end to animal circuses is by never patronizing them and by urging the government to ban the use of animals in circuses.

Celebrities Who Adopt Dogs and Cats and Support Sterilising Them

Written by PETA

Posted 02-24-2015, 11:11 AM

Did you know that just one unsterilised female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years? In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens. Sterilisation eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during heat periods and greatly reduces the risk of developing mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight.

World Spay Day is 24 February. “Spaying” is the sterilisation of female animals, while “neutering” is the sterilisation of male animals.

The following celebrities are among those who support PETA’s campaign to promote the adoption of homeless cats or dogs from the streets or animal shelters, our pro-sterilisation efforts or both:

  • Alia Bhatt

 

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  •  Amy Jackson

 

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  • Ashwini Ponnappa

 

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  • Ayushmann Khurrana

 

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  • Dino Morea

 

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  • Gulshan Grover

 

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  •  Imran Khan

 

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  •  Jay Sean

 

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  •  Kalki Koechlin

 

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  • Kapil Sharma

 

 

          • Pooja Bhatt

 

 

      • Raveena Tandon-Thadani

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Inspired?

Pledge to adopt a homeless dog or cat when you’re ready to add an animal companion to your family and never buy them from pet stores or breeders. Visit your local animal shelter if you have the time, space and resources to offer a loving home to a dog or cat, and always make sure you sterilise your cat or dog to help reduce the homeless-animal crisis.

What Is PETA Doing at India Kids Fashion Week?

Written by PETA

Posted 02-21-2015, 11:35 AM

India Kids Fashion Week (IKFW) is a playground of creativity and fun, and this year, there’s a bold fashion statement being made – that compassion for animals is always in style. IKFW and PETA launched their joint “Animals Love Kind Kids” campaign at the Mumbai shows on 20 and 21 February 2015, and guests got to scope out the hottest looks in kids’ fashion and learn how to be kind to animals.

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At PETA’s IKFW stall, kids got a cool “Animals Love Kind Kids” hand stamp, signed PETA’s “Kind Kids” pledge board with a colourful handprint and personal message and posed with PETA’s costumed “elephant”, who held a placard reading, “Circuses Are No Fun for Animals”. But that’s not all: each kid also received a balloon that read, “I Am Kind to Animals”, for all to see.

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What You Can Do

You can help bring the animal rights message to your child’s classroom with PETA’s humane-education programme, Compassionate Citizen. Simply e-mail PETA’s senior education coordinator at PujaM@petaindia.org to get your free copy of the Compassionate Citizen education pack to share with your child’s teacher.

Corniche at the Waterfront Serves Up Vegan Menu

Written by PETA

Posted 02-16-2015, 09:49 AM

Corniche at the Waterfront, located on Carter Road in Mumbai, is known for its global fare, seaside location and lively ambiance, but it’s also gaining a reputation as the go-to hot spot for vegans and people who simply want to try vegan food.

Besides hosting Neha Dhupia’s launch of PETA’s V-Card – India’s first-ever vegan savings card, in association with Burrp! – Corniche has joined the party with its very own V-Card menu.

All you have to do to save 10 per cent on healthy, decadent food like Corniche’s new arugula, tofu and sun-dried tomato sandwich is order your free PETA V-Card. Simply present your V-Card when you order at participating Mumbai restaurants, and up to four people at your table will save cash and animals.

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Soon you’ll be gazing at the view while noshing on Corniche’s pickled vegetable crostini, mushroom roesti or refried bean nachos with corn salsa. Cool down with the watermelon and arugula salad or warm up with the burnt garlic consommé before going “around the world” via globally inspired entrées.

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Italian fans can get their fix with an array of pastas and risottos with chilli and bell pepper or fresh tomato and grilled vegetables. Head over to France with Corniche’s tofu pumpkin stack with roasted vegetable brochettes. Then come back to Asia with Thai and Indonesian curries or tofu wraps with pan-seared chilli noodles. Is your mouth watering yet?

This delectable deal is only available until 30 April 2015, so don’t miss the chance to dine seaside – cruelty-free.

14 Reasons Why YOU Should Date a Meat-Eater

Written by PETA

Posted 02-13-2015, 09:11 AM

So he’s funny, cute and tattooed – or she’s sweet, smart and all-around wonderful. Sounds like the perfect significant other, right? Oh, wait – your crush eats meat! Don’t give up just yet. The following are 14 reasons why YOU should date a meat-eater:

1. Everyone loves a challenge.

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Don’t call it quits. Remember: you used to eat meat, too, so be patient with your crush and help him or her go vegan. Be sure to appreciate every little thing he or she does to help animals and make you happy.

2. It’s SUPER-cute when your honey knows your vegan Starbucks order by heart.

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3. Your heart melts when your date takes you to a vegan restaurant.

Find out why The White Owl's House Yellow Curry – complete with eggplant, sweet potato, carrots, kaffir lime and okra – is a fan favourite.

You used Happy Cow? OMG, let’s have babies together!

4. You dream of adopting a companion animal together from an animal shelter.

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True love!

5. Veganising your boo’s favourite foods is fun!

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Faux-fish curry? DONE. Chocolate walnut brownies? DONE!

6. When your bae scans the menu before you do to make sure that the restaurant has vegan options, it melts your heart.

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It’s like you can see right through to my soul.

7. Getting snaps of your boo eating or buying vegan food when you’re not even there makes your day.

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And I … will always love you, ooh!

8. When your love starts showing Earthlings to all his or her friends, you know you’ve found your soul mate.

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9. You know you’ve found “The One” when your love triple-checks to make sure his or her new shoes aren’t made of animal skin.

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Aww!

10. After all that talking, your significant other wants to learn awesome vegan comebacks! 

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11. When he or she takes you to an animal sanctuary, it’s pretty much the most perfect date ever.

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Nothing is more romantic than chillin’ with your boo and cute animals. Am I right, or am I RIGHT?!

12. Your sugar bear looks hot wearing an animal rights shirt.

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Oh, you fancy compassion, huh?

13. When he or she agrees to go to a protest with you, it’s basically the biggest proof of love you could possibly imagine.

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Leafleting and love!

14. It might take a week, three months or a year, but sooner or later, your crush will come around and finally make the switch.

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So don’t give up – it’ll happen! Just be sure to keep demonstrating how easy, tasty and fun helping animals can be.

 

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