PETA Grants ‘Hero To Animals’ Award To Radio DJ For Facilitating Parrot Rescue

‘Mumbai Local’ Host RJ Mantra Gives Live, Up-to-the-Minute Coverage as Parrot Is Freed From Wires

For Immediate Release:

15 June 2011


Anu Chowdhary +91 98205 27382; [email protected] 

Benazir Suraiya +91 90045 47382; [email protected] 

Mumbai – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is granting a Hero to Animals Award to Mumbai resident and radio disc jockey RJ Mantra, host of Mumbai Local (Mon-Sat 5-9pm) on Red FM 93.5, for his extensive efforts to free a parrot who had become tangled in wires outside the Red FM office on 30 May. Under RJ Mantra’s guidance, the Red FM team contacted the Mumbai Fire Brigade, who immediately travelled to the Red FM office and worked tirelessly for three hours until the parrot was freed unharmed. Meanwhile, RJ Mantra provided play-by-play coverage of the firefighters’ rescue efforts, leading one listener to call in and report that he had been so moved by the story that he was inspired to rescue a koel.

“Not only did RJ Mantra and his team do everything they could to save this dear parrot’s life, they also made sure that Red FM’s listeners learned the importance of always stopping to help animals in distress”, says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. “Their compassionate actions have already inspired one listener to help an animal in need, and we’re sure that numerous other people will follow their example.”

RJ Mantra will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation from PETA India. Others who have received PETA’s Hero to Animals Award include the Mumbai Fire Brigade, which rescued a kitten who was stuck in a tree; Cyrus Broacha, who refused to ride a bull on an episode of Khatron Ke Khiladi 3; Sadaa Sayed, who stopped to help a puppy who was in trouble; and Zarine Khan, who rescued a cat.

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