Bodypainted PETA Members Urge Jaipur Residents To Say No To Zoos In Advance Of Holi

For Immediate Release:

11 March 2014


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Grishma Myatra; [email protected]

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

Jaipur – With their bodies painted 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 Jaipur Zoo on Wednesday in advance of Holi. Their point? That Holi signifies colour, joy, love and happiness and that the only way that these are possible for animals is by letting them live in nature, where they belong.

When:           Wednesday, 12 March, 12 noon

Where:          Outside the main gate of Jaipur Zoo, National Highway 12, Ram Niwas Garden, Kailashpuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302 004

“Wildlife belongs in the wild”, says PETA India campaign assistant Grishma Myatra. “PETA is asking the residents of Jaipur to let animals show their true colours by saying no to zoos. We are also asking India as a whole to make every effort to help these suffering animals enjoy their natural habitats instead of being locked up in cages.”

Hundreds of thousands of animals languish in zoos around the world. They are denied everything that is 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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