Jwala Gutta Asks Hyderabadis To ‘Be a Champion: Boycott Zoos’

For Immediate Release:
19 July 2012

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera ; [email protected]

Olympics-Bound Badminton Star Teams Up With PETA, Will Screen Damning Video in Hyderabad – in Person

Hyderabad – Holding a sign that reads, “Be a Champion: Boycott Zoos”, and accompanied by an elephant mascot, Olympics-bound badminton great Jwala Gutta will protest against the cruelty of confining wild animals to zoos in Hyderabad on Friday. Gutta – who has won the National Badminton Championships 13 times – will also screen a hard-hitting video from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India showing how animals locked in cages and tiny exhibits at zoos suffer.

When: Friday, 20 July, 2 pm sharp
Where: Kohinoor Hall, Chiraan Fort Club, Opp Police Lines, A Wane, Begumpet, Hyderabad

“One of the easiest ways you can be a champion for animals is by boycotting the zoo,” says Jwala. “In zoos, animals are incarcerated, often chained and are denied most of their natural behaviours. PETA and I want to remind parents that if their kids love animals, then the last place that they should take them is to watch animals be miserable in zoos.”

Despite the 2009 Central Zoo Authority ban on keeping elephants in zoos and requiring zoos to move elephants gradually to forest areas, the Hyderabad Zoo still exhibits elephants. Captive elephants are separated from their families as babies and are sentenced to lifetimes of boredom, loneliness and even abuse. They are often forced to stand on hard concrete and spend hours on end in chains.

Denied everything that is natural and important to them, 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.

Gutta joins a growing list of athletes and other celebrities – including cricketer Wayne Parnell, sitar player Anoushka Shankar and actor Rahul Khanna – who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against the cruelty of zoos.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.