Lucknow Local Is PETA India’s 2021 Volunteer of the Year

For Immediate Release:

2 December 2021


Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]

Monica Chopra; [email protected]

Lucknow – In honour of International Volunteer Day (5 December), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has named Lucknow equity investor Rohit Gurnani its 2021 Volunteer of the Year.

Gurnani first went vegan five years ago, and since then, has worked alongside PETA India to oppose speciesism – the archaic idea that other animals are inferior to humans and ours to exploit at will. His actions have included local vegan outreach and participating in street theatre–style PETA India demonstrations to discourage meat-eating, leather-wearing, and keeping birds in cages.

“Rohit understands that kindness to animals and the planet is the greatest investment of all,” says PETA India Senior Campaigns Coordinator Radhika Suryavanshi. “PETA India is delighted to recognise him for helping animals at every turn, whether that’s by speaking up for animals online or taking part in demonstrations.”

Recognising the devastating role that meat, egg, and dairy production plays in the climate crisis, Gurnani has also worked with environmental groups to promote emissions-slashing vegan foods. A study in the journal Nature found that greenhouse-gas emissions from food systems would be reduced by more than half if the world turned to a mainly plant-based diet by 2050. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that every person who goes vegan lowers their carbon footprint from food by up to 73%, and vegans each spare nearly 200 animals per year.

PETA India’s motto reads, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.” For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.