Bangalore Teen Receives PETA’s Outstanding Activist Award Just in Time for International Volunteer Day

For Immediate Release:
4 December 2014

Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

17-Year-Old With Superior IQ and Published Mathematical Theorem Speaks Out for Victims Regardless of Their Species

Bangalore – For tirelessly defending the rights of animals, Bangalore teen V Abhay Rangan will receive the Outstanding Activist Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India just in time for International Volunteer Day (5 December). The 17-year-old vegan goes a long way to prove that vegans are smart, healthy and conscientious. Abhay’s high IQ has earned him a membership in The High Intellect Society, and his mathematical theorem, “Rangan’s Theory of Cycles”, has been published via a mathematics enrichment project by the University of Cambridge in England.
Currently a top student at CMR National PU College, he is already a published author of a vegan advocacy novel, The Green Monk. Abhay is also an Indian classical vocalist, regularly gives talks on veganism and is the founder of Vegania (, a virtual country that campaigns for animal rights.

“Abhay is a consummate activist – he promotes a vegan lifestyle to end animal suffering and inspires others to do the same”, says PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura. “PETA recently named Bangalore India’s Most Vegan-Friendly City, and we’re sure Abhay is one of the reasons why.”

Vegans do not eat, wear or use any product that causes harm to animals. In today’s meat industry, chickens are crowded by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds that reek of ammonia from accumulated waste. At the slaughterhouse, their throats are cut and their bodies are dunked into scalding-hot water for feather removal, often while they are still conscious. Other animals slaughtered for leather and meat are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that many are severely injured or die en route to the slaughterhouse. The animals are often hit, dragged, handled cruelly and sometimes even denied food and water.

The United Nations designated 5 December International Volunteer Day in 1985. For more information about helping animals, please visit