For Immediate Release:
8 April 2019
Puja Mahajan; [email protected]
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Six-Year-Old Is Recognised for His Kindness to Animals
Aizawl – A 6-year-old boy from Mizoram, Derek C. Lalchhanhima, will receive a Compassionate Kid Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India in recognition of his concern for animals. When Derek accidentally ran over a chick with his bicycle, he rushed home and asked his parents to help the bird. The boy’s father, Dhiraj Chhetri, advised him to take the chick to the local hospital. With 10 rupees in his pocket, the boy rushed to the hospital and begged the staff there to treat the chick – not realising that he or she had already died. The hospital staff told him that it was a little too late.
“Even though Derek didn’t succeed in saving the chick’s life, he had the heart to realise that animals want to live just as much as we do and that they must never be left unattended when injured,” says PETA India Education and Youth Outreach Manager Puja Mahajan. “All of us can make choices to ensure that we always treat animals with compassion and respect. PETA India is recognising Derek’s act of kindness, and we hope it will inspire other children to follow in his compassionate footsteps.”
Developing empathy for animals is a key step towards developing empathy for – and rejecting violence against – all beings, including humans. It’s important, therefore, that students learn at an early age that the animals with whom we share this planet are, in many ways, not so different from us. PETA India’s Compassionate Citizen programme is especially designed to help students between the ages of 8 and 12 better understand and appreciate animals. The programme consists of a 23-minute video with fascinating footage of animals along with cartoons and a text pack. The more schools that include Compassionate Citizen in their curriculum, the more of a positive impact the programme will have on society. Teachers can get a free copy of the kit here. PETA India is sending a copy of it to Derek’s school, St. Pio School in Aizawl.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – also encourages people always to help injured animals when they spot them by calling an animal-protection NGO in their city. You can also get advice from PETA India by calling (0) 98201 22602.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.