Designer Prasantt Ghosh to Support PETA Campaign Against Zoos at North East India Fashion Weekend

For Immediate Release:
26 December 2015

Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Models in Tiger Bodysuits Will Walk Ramp to Mark Theme ‘Fashion for Freedom’

Guwahati – Fashion designer Prasantt Ghosh and North East India Fashion Weekend have teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – to promote PETA’s campaign against the imprisonment of animals in zoos. Ghosh’s all-vegan (free of animal-derived materials) show will open with a video appeal urging attendees to say no to zoos. Models in tiger-striped bodysuits will walk the ramp holding placards that read, “No More Cages. Say No to Zoos” and “Wild Animals Belong in the Wild, Not in Zoos”. Ghosh and PETA India Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations Sachin Bangera will join the models on the ramp. PETA India will also have an information stall at North East India Fashion Weekend, where it will distribute information with help from members of Just Be Friendly India about the campaign and other animal rights issues, while PETA’s “elephant” mascot will distribute badges to guests reading, “Fashion for Freedom – Say NO to Zoos.”

When:             27 December 2015, 7:00 pm sharp

Where:           Brindaban Garden, Zoo Tiniali, Guwahati, Assam 781021

“Fashion is about freedom of expression, but in zoos, animals are unable to express many of their natural behaviour. They have limited space and are denied everything that is important to them. We have no right to put them in prison”, Ghosh says. “Compassion is the true fashion. I urge everyone to stay away from zoos, which are nothing but animal prisons.”

Animals in zoos often express their frustration and loneliness through obsessive, repetitive and even self-destructive behaviour, such as pacing, head-bobbing and self-mutilation. Lions and other big cats have 18,000 times less space in zoos than in the wild, and that figure rises to 1 million times less space for captive polar bears. PETA’s extensive undercover investigations of zoos across India have found appalling neglect, decrepit facilities and animal suffering on a massive scale.

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