‘Dead Cow’ to Protest Plastic ahead of National Pollution Prevention Day

For Immediate Release:
29 November 2018


Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]

In Bid to Curb Plastic Usage, PETA India Points Out That Cows Often Ingest up to 70 Kilograms of the Material

Lucknow – A “dead cow” – whose stomach has been ripped open the way it could be by ingested plastic – will lead People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India supporters in urging passers-by to reduce their use of plastic bags and other single-use plastic items, ahead of National Pollution Prevention Day (2 December). Many cows have up to 70 kilograms of plastic rubbish surgically removed from their stomachs. Others who ingest the material aren’t so lucky and die slowly and painfully. The supporters will also distribute cow-friendly canvas tote bags to passers-by in order to help them reduce their use of plastic bags.

Where:           In front of Mahatma Gandhi Pratima, Hazratganj, Lucknow

When:             Friday, 30 November, 12 noon

“The scale of our plastic plight is hard to comprehend, as countless vulnerable land and sea animals suffer and die every day after ingesting or getting entangled in huge amounts of plastic rubbish,” says PETA India Campaigner Radhika Suryavanshi. “PETA India is calling on caring people to consider the harm a piece of discarded plastic can cause and to opt for reusable canvas bags in order to help keep animals and the planet healthy and safe.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – encourages everyone to dispose of rubbish properly by keeping it in tightly sealed, chew-proof containers; rinsing out tins and putting the tops inside so that they won’t cut an animal’s tongue; and crushing aluminium cans, securing lids on jars, and cutting open empty cardboard and plastic containers so that animals can’t become stuck inside them. Shoppers should also choose reusable bags rather than plastic ones and avoid using other single-use plastic items.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.