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Cat Sisters and Kitten All up for Adoption

Written by PETA

Posted 06-24-2015, 10:35 AM

A 2-month-old orange-and-white cutie who was abandoned at PETA India’s office gate is looking for a loving permanent home. She is sweet and playful, enjoys naps and loves being silly. And she is very friendly and energetic.

2 month old kitten -Candy

2 month old kitten -Candy

The kitten’s sterilisation and initial vaccinations will be handled or reimbursed by PETA.

Two other 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:

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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.

Ayesha Takia

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

Order your free vegan starter kit

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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Audiogramme Talks to PETA Youth

Written by PETA

Posted 06-02-2015, 04:34 PM

You may remember him from MTV Roadies 5.0, but nowadays, Delhi-based DJ and music producer Vikrant Rathore is better known as Audiogramme and VIAL. A distinctive talent in India’s electronic dance music industry, he is known for his psychedelic deep grooves and progressive psytrance sounds. From festivals to clubs, DJ Vikrant has been taking crowds to cosmic heights for the last 16 years. Recently, we caught up with him to chat about something else he’s passionate about: animal rights. In an exclusive PETA Youth interview, he talks about the power that young people have to make a positive difference for animals and encourages youth to fight for them:

You heard the man – support PETA Youth! Now more than ever, it’s up to each of us to speak up for animals, stand up for what’s right and take action against cruelty. And PETA Youth can help you every step of the way.

Need advice? We’ve got it.

Want us to come to your college festival? Just ask!

Like free stuff? Um, who doesn’t?!

Join PETA Youth today.

Tamil Nadu Dog-Breeding Facility Must Close, Says AWBI

Written by PETA

Posted 06-02-2015, 01:37 PM

As a result of a case filed by PETA India in the Madras High Court that is critical of the Tamil Nadu Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department’s dog-breeding unit (DBU), a fresh inspection of the facility was ordered by the court – prompting the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to recommend that the DBU be shut down. The inspection was conducted by AWBI-authorised inspectors from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, the Animal and Fisheries Resources Department of Bihar and Animal Rahat – an animal-protection organisation focused on veterinary intervention.

Entrance of DBU

Entrance of DBU

As per a 4 August 2014 order of the court, the DBU was given three months to improve, and if it failed to do so, the court stated that the final decision on the facility’s future would rest with the AWBI.

Inspectors found that many dogs at the DBU were suffering from skin diseases, pressure sores and ectoparasites and that there was also a high mortality rate – which has been an issue since the AWBI’s first inspection of the facility in 2013.

Dogs at the DBU were kept constantly confined without any enrichment, and many of them showed signs of stress and depression, including a male Sippiparai named Pandy, who constantly bit the bars of his kennel.

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Pandy biting bars of his kennel

Despite the facility’s policy of “de-ticking” all animals once a week, two dogs were found covered with ticks. Many of the animals kept at the facility also suffered from dermatitis or mange – both painful skin conditions – including a Rajapalayam named Priya, who had dermatitis on her face, legs and tail.

 

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Rajapalayam-male-dog-infested-with Demodicosois mange

The Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department claims that the DBU exists to promote breeds found in Tamil Nadu, including the Rajapalayam – which, unsurprisingly, experts agree is prone to deafness and has a shorter life span, numerous health problems and an extremely weak immune system because of deliberate breeding for certain physical traits, such as white skin and a rosy nose.

 

Photo of a dog of Rajapalayam breed having pressure sore on right elbow

Photo of a dog of Rajapalayam breed having pressure sore on right elbow

All types of dogs – pedigrees included – are frequently abandoned and end up in Tamil Nadu’s severely crowded animal shelters, on the streets with India’s homeless-dog community or being shuttled from house to house for their entire lives as buyers tire of them.

You can help dogs. Call for the DBU to be closed down immediately:

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Workshop on Humane Handling at Sunder’s New Home

Written by PETA

Posted 05-30-2015, 02:58 PM

6 June will mark one year since elephant Sunder rescued from the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra by PETA, arrived at Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) in Bangalore.

Sunder taking a dip at BBP

Sunder taking a dip at BBP

And now, Sunder’s life will get even better: international elephant experts Margaret Whittaker and Gail Laule were in Bangalore last week training BBP veterinarians and mahouts about the principles of the modern, humane “protected-contact” method of elephant handling, which uses rewards, not punishment, to encourage pachyderms to cooperate with humans.

Protected contact is a carefully conceived, well-researched method of elephant management in which ropes, chains and ankuses – hooked spear-like metal weapons – are never used. Instead, the experts will instruct BBP veterinarians and mahouts on using the solar-electric fence that encloses BBP’s Elephant Care Centre’s 49.5-hectare forested area and the steel-pipe corral built by PETA to handle the park’s 15 elephants, including Sunder. PETA hopes BBP’s Elephant Care Centre will become a model for elephant sanctuaries in other states.

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The week ended with PETA and BBP holding a two-hour workshop on this method for senior wildlife officials of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The workshop was supported by the Project Elephant division of the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

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Whittaker and Laule are known for their work in using positive reinforcement techniques – and never physical violence – to handle elephants.  For the past 19 years, Whittaker has been a behavioural consultant for Active Environments, working with zoos and sanctuaries in Asia, Europe and North and South America, and she is currently director of elephant programmes at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Laule, who co-founded Active Environments, developed her skills in positive reinforcement while training marine mammals.

Let us know what you think about this blog in the comment section below.

You’re Invited: Health Lecture by Dr Thomas Lodi

Written by PETA

Posted 05-26-2015, 01:24 PM

 

Dr. Thomas Lodi

Dr Thomas Lodi, who founded an integrative oncology healing centre in the US state of Arizona more than 10 years ago, is known worldwide for his comprehensive cancer-care programme which focuses on the benefits of raw vegan foods. Dr Lodi is a member of both conventional and alternative medical professional associations. He is licensed as a homeopathic medical doctor MD(H) in Arizona and as an allopathic medical doctor (MD) in the state of New York.

In addition to running clinics in Arizona and Thailand, where he has helped thousands of patients recover from cancer, he travels around the world giving lectures about what it means to be truly healthy. He is now going to visit India to give talks about the role of diet in diseases.

A long-term vegan himself, Dr Lodi says, “Humans do not look upon animals grazing in the field and lick their lips and neither do they salivate when they come upon the corpse of an animal … this is simply because eating animals, whether dead or alive violates human nature” .

He will be giving talks in Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore, in which he will expose the myths and lies associated with health and disease.

The talks are sponsored and organised by the following groups:

Green Path

Indian Raw Vegan Foundation

ITVU

Reiki Healing Foundation

Vegalyfe

Delhi
Date: 28 May 2015
Venue: Gandhi Peace Foundation, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, New Delhi 110 002
Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Contact: Kriti Sachdeva (Kriti@sdf.org; 09902405493)
For more details, visit the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1586454611607443/

Chennai
Date: 29 May 2015
Venue: Russian Centre of Science and Culture, 74 (old 27), Kasturi Ranga Rd, Chennai 600 018
Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Contact: CK Ashok Kumar (09884465996)
For more details, visit the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/744188835693656/

Bangalore
Date: 1 June 2015
Venue: Organic State, Malleswaram, Opp Mantri Mall and Malleswaram Metro Station
Contact: Kriti Sachdeva (Kriti@sdf.org; 09902405493)
For more details, visit the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/910269902366765/

There is no entry fee to attend the talks. However, there will be a small charge for the raw vegan food which will be served after the talks.

Mamma Mia! Little Italy Celebrates Vegan Eating

Written by PETA

Posted 05-23-2015, 12:53 PM

With locations in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Aurangabad and Mahabaleshwar, Little Italy Ristorante put vegetarian Italian dining on the map in India long ago. But its list of menu options that are free of meat, eggs and dairy products has vegans and those interested in vegan eating spoilt for choice, too!

Minestrone soup

Minestrone soup

 

Start your Mediterranean meal with an Italian tradition: minestrone soup with lots of fresh vegetables in a rich, hearty broth. If you like salads, you’re in luck: Little Italy’s delicious Contadina salad features leafy greens, green beans, onions, tomatoes and fresh basil tossed with extra-virgin olive oil.

 

Bruschetta Al pomodoro

Bruschetta Al pomodoro

 

No Italian meal is complete without bruschetta, which comes piled high with diced tomatoes and is topped with garlic, olive oil and oregano. If you’re in the mood to indulge a bit, Little Italy’s got you covered with its tasty onion rings. But for the main event, get your fill of one of the many delish pizzas, cooked in a wood-burning oven. The Zorba comes with fresh tomato sauce, mushrooms, olives and garlic, and the simple Sadu is topped with fresh tomato sauce, garlic, olive oil and oregano. And don’t miss out on Little Italy’s scrumptious pastas. Our favourite is the spicy All Arrabbiata, which is made with your choice of pasta and features fresh tomato sauce, garlic, chillies and parsley.

 

Alla Arrabbiata

Alla Arrabbiata

 

No matter what you order, Little Italy’s Earth-friendly vegan menu will leave you with a smile on your face and a full belly. Now that’s amore.

 

Little Italy also has restaurants in Nepal, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates and will soon be opening locations in China, Singapore and the Indian cities of Pune, Navi Mumbai and Bengaluru.

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