Sania Mirza’s Autographed Racquet Being Auctioned On Ebay To Benefit Animal Rahat’s Life-Saving Work

For Immediate Release:
10 July 2013

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Tennis Star Named One of the ’33 Women Who Made India Proud’ Teams Up With PETA to Provide Animals Forced to Work With Relief

Mumbai – Sania Mirza, who is the highest-ever ranked female tennis player from India, has donated an autographed Wilson tennis racquet to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, which is currently being auctioned online at [] .The proceeds will benefit Animal Rahat, which is supported by PETA India and provides working animals with relief. In addition to her many feats on the tennis court, Mirza was named one of the “50 Heroes of Asia” by Time and one of “33 Women Who Made India Proud” by The Economic Times.

“The funds we raise from auctioning my tennis racquet will provide comfort to horses forced to pull heavy carts, bullocks who work in sugar mills and donkeys who are forced to labour in the brick kilns”, says Mirza.

She enjoys a career-high ranking of 27th in singles and seventh in doubles. She was the first Indian to win a Women’s Tennis Association Tour title of any kind by prevailing in the 2009 Australian Open. She also won the 2012 French Open in mixed doubles to claim her second Grand Slam title.

Animal Rahat was founded in 2003 to give relief to horses, bullocks, donkeys and other animals who are forced to work. This life-saving programme offers services throughout three districts in Maharashtra state. It is run by a staff that includes veterinarians, veterinary assistants, animal caretakers and a full-time community educator. The organisation is on call around the clock every day of the year. Some of the group’s accomplishments include conducting vaccination camps, stopping cruel bullock races, enlisting the help of local police stations in averting animal abuse and confiscating countless whips, nose ropes, barbed-wire goads, horn paring equipment and other cruel devices that add misery to working animals’ lives.

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