Actor Adil Hussain and Weavers of Arunachal Pradesh Support PETA’s ‘Fashion for Freedom– Boycott Zoos’ Campaign at Northeast India Fashion Week

For Immediate Release:
18 August2016

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Models Wearing Tiger-Print Bodysuits Will Be Freed From Cages on the Runway

Itanagar – Acclaimed Bollywood actor Adil Hussain; weavers N Tsomu, Sapna Sidisow, Yaji Chakpu, Ajum Nalo, Yani Tapak, and Anam Chakpu from Arunachal Pradesh; and NorthEast India Fashion Week will team up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to promote PETA’s campaign against the imprisonment of animals in zoos with an all-vegan show. The show will open with two models dressed in tiger-print outfits being set free from cages by Hussain. The models will then walk the ramp with the actor and the weavers while holding placards that read, “Wild Animals Belong in the Wild, Not in Zoos” and “No More Cages. Say NO to Zoos”. PETA’s Benazir Suraiya and Sachin Bangera will walk the ramp with them. PETA will also have an information stall set up at NorthEast India Fashion Week, where it will distribute information about the campaign, vegan fashion, and other animal rights issues.

 When:  Friday, 19 August, 5 pm

Where: Siddhartha Hall, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh

“Fashion is about freedom of expression, but animals who are confined in zoos are denied everything that is natural and important to them”, says fashion week organiser Yana Ngoba Chakpu, Chief Operating Officer, Affluent RAY of LIGHT. “We’re joining PETA in urging people never to visit zoos and to let animals live happily in their natural homes.”

Denied everything that is natural and important to them, animals in zoos often express their frustration and loneliness through obsessive, repetitive, and even self-destructive behaviour, such as pacing, head-bobbing, and self-mutilation. In zoos, lions and other big cats have 18,000 times less space than they do in the wild, and that figure rises to 1 million times less space for captive polar bears. PETA’s extensive undercover investigations of zoos across India have found appalling neglect, decrepit facilities, and animal suffering on a massive scale.

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