Chickens Saved From Slaughter by Boy Inspired by PETA Founder on India Visit

For Immediate Release:
12 November 2014

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

Young Rescuer Saves Birds, Is Motivated by Ingrid Newkirk’s Appeal: ‘Please Relate to Who’s on Your Plate’

Mumbai – After seeing a media photo of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India founder Ingrid Newkirk sitting in a cage alongside “chicken” props in Mumbai last week in order to promote empathy for chickens, a 10-year-old boy and his mother delivered two chickens destined for the family’s dinner plates to PETA’s Mumbai office. The boy had pleaded with his mother to allow the birds to live. The chickens – named Natalie and Vidya after Hollywood star Natalie Portman and Bollywood star Vidya Balan, who are both vegetarian animal lovers – will soon be sent to their new home, where they’ll be allowed to live out their lives in peace.

Newkirk will be available for interviews on Thursday, 13 November, in person at PETA’s office in Andheri West, Mumbai, or by phone.

“When I was a young girl in India, where I was raised, I would rescue chickens, but I never could have imagined that one day my actions would lead another child to rescue chickens in the same way”, Newkirk says. “Saving the two birds was very kind of this child, and I hope all compassionate people will save chickens and other animals by choosing to eat vegan meals.”

In today’s meat industry, chickens are crowded by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds that reek of ammonia from the birds’ accumulated waste. At slaughter, their throats are slit while they are still conscious and struggling. Other animals slaughtered for meat are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that many are severely injured or die en route to the slaughterhouse.

In addition to sparing animals immense suffering, eating vegan meals helps reduce the risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer. People who go vegan also reduce their carbon footprint, as the meat industry is a leading producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

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