Caged ‘Animals’ to Urge Indore Residents to Steer Clear of Zoos

For Immediate Release:

11 August 2017


Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Ahead of Independence Day, Bodypainted PETA and PFA Indore Members Will Send the Message That Animals Deserve to Be Free

Indore – Wearing little more than bodypaint and holding signs proclaiming, “No More Cages – Say No to Zoos,” members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and People for Animals (PFA) Indore will pose as caged tigers and cheetahs outside Meghdoot Garden on Monday to send the message that wild animals belong not in zoos but in their natural habitats, where they could have meaningful lives free from bars and prying eyes.

When:             Monday, 14 August, 12 noon sharp

Where:           Outside the main gate, Meghdoot Garden, Vijay Nagar, Indore 452 010

“No zoo can come close to providing the space, environmental enrichment, ecological diversity, and complex habitats that animals need to thrive,” says PETA India’s Ayushi Sharma. “As India celebrates its independence, PETA is calling on Indore residents to put pressure on zoos to grant the animals they imprison their own independence.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – points out that hundreds of thousands of animals languish in zoos around the world. They’re denied everything that’s natural and important to them – including opportunities to fly, swim, select a mate, and socialise – and they often express their frustration and loneliness through obsessive, repetitive, and even self-destructive behaviour. PETA India’s investigations of zoos across the country have revealed horrific conditions, including inadequate food, water, housing, veterinary care, and environmental enrichment.

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