For Immediate Release:
21 October 2013
Animal Rights Group Honoured for Positive Impact on the Environment and Society
Hyderabad – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is pleased to announce that it received the Corporate Excellence Award (NGO Excellence) from Hyderabad-based Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) at an awards ceremony held today at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The IPE is a non-profit educational society and a widely recognised “Centre of Excellence”. The IPE Corporate Excellence Awards identify those companies and organisations that have had a positive impact on our environment and society. PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura accepted the award, which consisted of a statuette and a citation.
“PETA is honoured to be recognised for its work to save animals’ lives and, thereby, protect the environment and safeguard human health”, Joshipura says. “We thank the IPE for recognising animal rights as a vital social issue on the world stage.”
PETA’s primary focus is to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals, and PETA’s work also benefits the environment and human health. For example, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change. Also, if the massive quantities of land and crops that are used to feed animals who are deliberately bred to be killed for meat were diverted for human use, we could make giant strides towards ending world hunger. And the consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products has been conclusively linked to some of India’s biggest killers, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
The notoriously cruel leather industry is also a major polluter. Leather tanneries use toxic chemicals – including arsenic – which find their way into the surrounding soil and waterways. And tannery workers develop cancer at a much higher rate than the general population.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.