For Immediate Release:
9 December 2017
Shambhavi Tiwari [email protected]
Nirali Gada [email protected]
Group Presents Awards for Exemplary Animal-Welfare Work
New Delhi – Last night, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) President Sunil Sethi and vegan footwear company Kanabis founder Devika Srimal Bapna received awards at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) event in New Delhi. Sethi was given a Hero to Animals Award for using his fashion platform to support campaigns against zoos and animal circuses during Amazon India Fashion Week, and Bapna was presented with a Compassionate Business Award for her company’s stand against using leather in its designs.
“Sunil Sethi and Devika Srimal Bapna both show that compassion is always in fashion,” says Sachin Bangera, PETA’s associate director of celebrity and public relations. “PETA is glad that animals have these trailblazers in the world of fashion on their side.”
Cows, buffaloes, and other animals used for leather in India are often crammed into vehicles so tightly that their bones break. At the slaughterhouse, their throats are cut in full view of other animals, and many are dismembered and skinned while they’re still conscious.
And animals in zoos and circuses lead lonely, frustrated lives. Captive animals often engage in obsessive, repetitive, and even self-destructive behaviour such as pacing, head-bobbing, and self-mutilation, while those used in circuses are forced through beatings, whippings, and other violence to perform confusing, meaningless tricks.
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