Bodypainted PETA Members Urge Ahmedabad Residents to Say No to Zoos in Advance of Holi

For Immediate Release:
8 March 2017

Neerja Khede  [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari  [email protected]

Animals Show Their True Colours Only by Living Free, Says Group

Ahmedabad – Bodypainted in an array of bright colours and holding a banner that reads, “Let Animals Show Their True Colours: Say No to Zoos”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will gather outside Gate 3of the Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden on Thursday in advance of Holi. Their point? That the colourful festival signifies joy, love, and happiness and that the only way that these things are possible for animals is by letting them live in the wild where they belong.

When:              Thursday, 9 March, 12 noon sharp

Where:             Gate 3, Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad

“Wildlife belongs in the wild”, explains PETA India’s Campaign Coordinator Neerja Khede. “PETA is asking the residents of Ahmedabad to let animals show their true colours by saying no to zoos. We’re also asking India as a whole to make every effort to help animals enjoy their natural habitats instead of locking them up in cages.”

Hundreds of thousands of animals languish in zoos around the world. They’re denied everything that’s natural and important to them, including the opportunity to fly, swim, select partners, and socialise. They often express their frustration and loneliness through obsessive, repetitive, and even self-destructive behaviour. No zoo can come close to offering the space, environmental enrichment, ecological diversity, and complex habitats that animals need to thrive. PETA’s investigations of zoos across India have revealed horrific conditions, including deficiencies in food, drinking water, housing, veterinary care, and environmental enrichment.

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