For Immediate Release:
13 December 2019
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected]
Leaders in Government Policy, Food Innovation Lauded for Animal-Friendly Policies and Products
New Delhi – This week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India presented awards to three individuals who have pushed animal rights forward:
- Dr Kavya Dashora, a professor at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, received an Innovation in Food Award for creating a nutritious, environmentally sustainable, and delicious vegan (wholly plant-based) egg product.
- Additional Director of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau Tilotama Varma received a Hero to Animals Award for ordering the Chief Wildlife Warden of Rajasthan to investigate the apparently illegal custody of captive elephants used for rides in Jaipur and for warning online companies OLX, Snapdeal, Quikr, Amazon India, and IndiaMART against posting wildlife or wildlife “products” on their websites.
- Gaurav Saini, former Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Kotwali, received a Hero to Animals Award for conducting raids and seizures in coordination with the Delhi police to address the illegal sale of manja. His work led to the closure of shops selling glass-coated manja in Delhi. He also became the first officer to book offenders under the stringent provisions of the Environment Protection Act, 1986.
Photos of the awardees receiving their award are available upon request.
“PETA India is proud to honour leaders in government policy and food technology who are making the world a better place for animals,” says PETA India Associate Director of Policy Nikunj Sharma. “Each new animal-friendly policy, step towards the implementation of animal protection laws, and innovation in vegan food technology can make Delhi a kinder place for animals.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, or abuse in any other way” – notes that in 2019 alone, at least five humans have died and hundreds of birds have been killed or injured because of sharp manja. A 10 January 2017 Gazette of India notification from the Delhi government banned the sale, production, storage, supply, import, and use of all forms of manja.
Online companies like OLX and Quikr allow users – including unscrupulous breeders who illegally sell underage puppies – to advertise live animals to be either sold or traded. Every time someone buys a dog or cat from a breeder or a pet store or online, a homeless animal loses his or her chance at finding a home. PETA India encourages people who have the time, space, and resources to welcome an animal into their home to adopt one from a reputable shelter or rescue one from the street.
Vegan foods save animals’ lives, are less resource-intensive than animal-derived foods, and help people stay fit and maintain a healthy weight. Plant-based meats, cheeses, and eggs allow consumers to enjoy the taste and texture of foods they’re used to without causing animals to suffer.
Previous recipients of PETA India’s Hero to Animals Award include Shilpa Shetty Kundra, for speaking out against the cruelty of circuses and taking other actions for animals; Delhi Minister of Food & Supply, Environment & Forest, and Elections Imran Hussain, for protecting the lives of humans and animals by banning all forms of manja; Zareen Khan, for rescuing a cat from the streets; Cyrus Broacha, for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Rani Mukerji, for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Asin, for saving a dog who was hit by a car; Imran Khan, for stopping a dog trainer who was smacking a dog on a film set; Sadaa Sayed, for helping a puppy who had just missed being hit by a car during a rainstorm; and Dia Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.