In time for Children’s Day (14 November), a Compassionate Kid Award is on the way from PETA India to 13-year-old Anya Kunder, daughter of celebrated Bollywood filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan Kunder, in recognition of her work to help community animals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because community animals are dependent on restaurant waste and handouts, many struggled on the street during lockdowns, so Anya came to their rescue by sketching celebrities’ animal companions in exchange for an Rs 1,000 donation. She raised Rs 4 lakh for numerous animal welfare charities, including PETA India. She also helped feed community animals at Mumbai University’s Kalina campus and joined her mother in encouraging people to help community animals by giving them food, water, affection, and veterinary care. The duo even adopted two Indian dogs named Gulab and Jamun.
PETA India encourages schools to teach students to follow Anya’s lead, and its Compassionate Citizen programme – which is designed for students between the ages of 8 and 12 and has been used by over 1.9 lakh schools, reaching approximately 89.8 million children across India – can help. The programme includes a teacher’s guide, a colouring sheet, a kindness pledge that children can sign, a full-colour wall poster, an engaging 23-minute video, and an insert listing easy ways teachers and schools can encourage students to help animals.