For Immediate Release:
4 May 2020
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]
Actors Lauded by PETA India for Their Act of Compassion
Mumbai – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is granting Hero to Animals Awards to television actors Gaurav Gera and Rohit Gujjar for rescuing a trapped baby parakeet who was being attacked by a crow. The friends freed the stuck bird, took care of him, and contacted PETA India for his rehabilitation. Gaurav also posted a video on Instagram, as his famous Billi Masi character, to tell his fans why birds don’t belong in cages. Actor Shilpa Shetty commented on the video to show her support.
A photo of the baby parakeet is available upon request.
“Gaurav and Rohit saved this dear parakeet’s life and used the opportunity to let their fans know birds deserve to fly free,” says PETA India Director of Celebrity and Public Relations Sachin Bangera. “Their compassionate action will inspire others to help animals in need and never to cage birds.”
In nature, birds engage in social activities such as taking sand baths, playing hide-and-seek, dancing, building nests with their mates, and nurturing their young. But when they’re caged, these normally vibrant animals become depressed and withdrawn. They often over-preen themselves to the point of mutilation. Some people clip birds’ wings so that they can’t fly away, but flying is as natural and important to birds as walking is to humans. Birds are captured in nature, packed into small boxes, and shipped to be sold into captivity. Many suffer and die in transit, usually from broken wings or legs, dehydration, starvation, or stress.
The actors will receive framed certificates and letters of appreciation from PETA India. Previous recipients of PETA India’s Hero to Animals Award include Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, for allocating funds for feeding community animals during the lockdown; Shilpa Shetty, for speaking out against circus cruelty and taking other actions for animals; Delhi Minister of Food and Civil Supplies, Environment & Forests and Elections Imran Hussain, for protecting the lives of humans and animals by banning all forms of manja; Zareen Khan, for rescuing a cat from the streets; Cyrus Broacha, for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Rani Mukerji, for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Asin, for saving a dog who was hit by a car; Imran Khan, for stopping a dog trainer who was smacking a dog on a film set; Sadaa Sayed, for helping a puppy who had just avoided being hit by a car during a rainstorm; and Dia Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. Its emergency response teams are based in Mumbai and Delhi, but anyone may contact them for guidance by calling (0) 9820122602.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.