Dia Mirza Targets Cruelty Of Exotic Skins in Punchy New PETA Ad In Time For Lakme Fashion Week

Dressed as a Snake, Bollywood Star Declares, ‘Wild Animals Belong in the Wild, Not in Your Wardrobe’


For Immediate Release:

1 March 2012


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Mumbai – Wearing a fake snakeskin, Bollywood actor and Miss Asia Pacific 2000 Dia Mirza appears in a new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India just in time for Lakme Fashion Week which takes place 2nd to 6th March in Mumbai. The caption reads, “Face It: Exotic Skins Kill. Wild Animals Belong in the Wild, Not in Your Wardrobe”. The attention-grabbing ad, in which Mirza is “bloodied” to make it look as if she skinned alive – which is the case for many of the snakes used in the skin trade – was shot by ace photographer and longtime PETA friend Jatin Kampani. Nahush Pise applied the stunning make-up, and credit for the costume and styling goes to Theia Tekchandaney. A broadcast quality link to a video featuring Dia Mirza’s interview and behind the scenes shots from the shoot can be found at:  http://www.petaav.com/4broadcast/dia_mirza_skins_ad.htm  

“Skinning animals alive or beating them to death for a pair of boots or a purse cannot be justified”, says Mirza, an ardent PETA India supporter. “By choosing widely available fake snake and mock croc, you can pay tribute to these animals’ beauty without stealing their skins and killing them.”

Snakes, alligators and other exotic animals suffer greatly before their skins are turned into shoes, bags and other products. Snakes are often nailed to trees or posts and skinned alive. After the animals’ peeled and mutilated bodies are discarded, it can take hours for them to die – usually from shock or dehydration. Alligators are often crammed into small spaces on factory farms and then beaten to death with hammers or axes. An undercover video narrated by Joaquin Phoenix – available to view on PETAIndia.com – shows how snakes are skinned alive and how lizards are snared in the wild before they, too, are skinned.

PETA India recently honoured Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, with a Hero to Animals Award for promoting the adoption of homeless dogs in the company’s film Love, Breakups, Zindagi.

Mirza joins fellow actor Raveena Tandon-Thadani, who also posed for a PETA India ad against the cruel exotic-skins trade.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.