For Immediate Release:
4 December 2013
From Fighting Cruelty to Animals for Leather to Promoting Sterilisation of ‘Community Dogs’, Kolkata Activist Speaks Out for Victims Regardless of Their Species
Kolkata, West Bengal – For tirelessly defending the rights of animals anywhere that they are trampled on, Kolkata resident and vegan Beas Mukherjee will receive the Outstanding Activist Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India on International Volunteer Day (5 December). In her seven years as a volunteer, Beas has filled key functions at PETA protests in Kolkata, helped rally local support and held information stalls for PETA at college festivals across the city. She also helps rescue animals who are in trouble and is actively involved in getting “community dogs” sterilised.
“Beas is a consummate activist – she helps stop animal suffering and inspires others to do the same”, says PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura. “PETA has had a major impact on animal rights in India, and Beas is one of the reasons why.”
The following are just a few of Mukherjee’s other accomplishments:
• She helped find volunteers to sit in cages outside the Alipore Zoo to protest keeping animals in captivity.
• She helped PETA organise eye-catching demonstrations against the cruel leather industry.
• She is involved in rescuing and treating sick and injured animals all across the city.
• She feeds “community dogs” in her area.
5 December has been designated International Volunteer Day by the United Nations since 1985. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.