Khan Sisters Chained And Caged In Protest Against Zoos

Denying Animals Their Freedom Gets Sultry Sibling Stars Hot Under the Collar

For Immediate Release:

6 December 2011


Benazir Suraiya +91 90045 47382; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera +91 98201 22561; [email protected] 

Mumbai – They were great to watch as models – and they’re even more fun to see on their new UTV Bindass reality show, Khan Sisters – but you’ve never seen them like this. Shackled and chained in stacked cages while holding a sign that reads, “Lonely, Shackled, Abused – Boycott Zoos”, models-turned-actors Gauahar and Nigaar Khan recently posed for a photo shoot for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. Their point? That animals don’t belong in zoos. The shoot is set to air on Khan Sisters, a show that gives the public a peek into the lives of Gauahar and Nigaar, in January.

Commenting, on their support for the for PETA’s campaign of keeping animals out of Zoos, The Khan Sisters said, “We as living creatures love our freedom and animals are no different. If people want to sight animals, zoo is not the best place, instead animals should be observed in their natural habitat like animal reserves where they are living the life that they were meant to live. If we can’t manage to visit them, we can learn about these amazing wild animals by watching videos, television programs or by reading about them on the internet or in books and magazines and that’s what we, the Khan sisters are hoping the audience would understand”, says Gauahar. 

Nigaar comments, “I firmly oppose zoos because cages and cramped enclosures at zoos, they deprive animals of the opportunity to satisfy their most basic need i.e. freedom. More awareness needs to be created to make people take a stand against cruelty and steer clear of zoos and activities like breeding and bringing in of new animals should be banned at zoos. The animals should eventually be phased out of zoos and money which is currently poured must instead be transitioned into creating natural habitats like reserves and, national parks where they can have a better quality of life.” 

Hundreds of thousands of animals languish in zoos around the world. Because these animals are denied everything that is natural and important to them, they express their frustration and loneliness through obsessive, repetitive and even self-destructive behaviour such as pacing, head-bobbing and self-mutilation. An Oxford University study based on four decades of observing animals in captivity and in the wild found that animals such as polar bears, lions, tigers and cheetahs “show the most evidence of stress and/or psychological dysfunction in captivity” and concluded that “the keeping of naturally wide-ranging carnivores should be either fundamentally improved or phased out”. 

PETA has conducted undercover investigations in zoos across India and found appalling neglect, decrepit facilities and animal suffering on a massive scale. Every facility was seriously deficient in terms of food, drinking water, housing, veterinary care, environmental enrichment, safety and security.

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