For Immediate Release:
25 November 2016
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Group Presents Awards for Exemplary Animal Welfare Work
New Delhi – Last night, ace designer Anupama Dayal and JD Institute of Fashion Technology Executive Director RC Dalal received awards at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India event in Delhi. Dayal was presented with a Compassionate Designer Award for refusing to use leather in her designs and encouraging the adoption of dogs, and Dalal was presented with a Hero to Animals Award for promoting vegan fashion to design students.
“Anupama Dayal and RC Dalal both show that compassion is always in fashion”, says PETA’s Associate Manager of Celebrity and Media Projects, Benazir Suraiya. “PETA is glad that animals have these leaders from the world of fashion on their team.”
Cows, buffaloes, and other animals used for leather in India are often crammed onto vehicles so tightly that their bones break. At the slaughterhouse, their throats are cut in full view of other animals, and many of them are dismembered and skinned while they’re still conscious. Exotic skins come from animals such as snakes and lizards. Hunters often invade snakes’ homes, nail them to trees, and skin them alive. They can suffer for days before succumbing to shock or dehydration. And lizards are usually clubbed on the head, or their spines are severed with chisels, as soon as they reach marketable size.
In India, millions of homeless cats and dogs struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them go hungry, are injured or killed, are hit by vehicles, or are abused by cruel people. Countless others end up in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every time a cat or dog is purchased from a pet store or breeder, it means that fewer homes are available for those languishing in shelters or roaming the streets. PETA encourages all prospective cat or dog guardians to adopt from an animal shelter or take in a homeless animal – and always to get their animal companions sterilised.
Earlier this month, Anita Dongre also received a Compassionate Designer Award from PETA India for refusing to use leather and cashmere in her designs.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.