For Immediate Release:
5 December 2019
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]
Powerful Visual Is a Call to Women to Band Together to Stop Exploitation and Protect Females of Every Species
Mumbai – If the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) made a point about the plight of human females, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India founder Ingrid Newkirk is out to make a broader one by wearing a “skinned“ bodysuit and lying alongside females of other species, including a “calf”, “chicken”, “snake”, and other animals, under a banner proclaiming, “Sisters Under the Skin – End Speciesism,” in Mumbai on Friday. The tableau will be part of PETA India’s campaign denouncing speciesism and the use of this bias to justify the reproductive domination and even the slaughter of animals.
Speciesism is the belief that – despite their extraordinary talents, abilities, emotions, and intelligence – all other animals are inferior to humans.
Where:Horniman Circle Garden, Fort, Mumbai
When:Friday, 6 December, 12 noon sharp
“Just as women do not belong to men, animals do not belong to human beings, as all are made of flesh and blood, feel pain and fear, desire freedom from reproductive enslavement and any other kind of exploitation, love their young, and value their independence and their lives,” says Newkirk. “We’re all the same in all the ways that matter, and I’ll be turning myself ‘inside out’ to inspire women to fight for our own rights and those of our fellow animal sisters.”
Every living, feeling being, regardless of species or gender, deserves to live free from subjugation and fear. But because of human prejudice, inquisitive, intelligent rats are tormented in laboratories; billions of cows, lambs, goats, and other animals are hacked apart in slaughterhouses every year; cows and buffaloes are crammed onto severely crowded vehicles and taken to be killed and turned into shoes; and dogs and cats are abandoned on the streets to fend for themselves.
A day after the thought-provoking visual, Newkirk will give a talk on female unity at Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women’s University to rally young women to stick up for other females exploited for their reproductive systems, including hens caged for eggs, monkeys in laboratories used as baby-making machines, and cows whose milk – which nature intended for their beloved calves – is stolen for human consumption.
Newkirk’s talk at SNDT will examine the special role women play in protecting animals, discuss the remarkable abilities and emotional lives of animals, take a look at the shared exploitation of females of all kinds, and be a call to women to use the power they have to influence society’s treatment of “others”, who share our fundamental interests in freedom from domination.
PETA India – whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way” – encourages everyone to help combat speciesism by buying cosmetics and cleaners that weren’t tested on animals, choosing vegan food and fashion, avoiding elephant rides and animal circuses, and otherwise rejecting all forms of animal exploitation.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.