For Immediate Release:
23 May 2013
Group to Use Platform to Encourage Young People to Get Active for Animals
Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand – PETA Youth, a division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India for teens and 20-somethings, will soon be interacting with one of its largest audiences ever. That’s because the group has been invited to be the social-justice partner at Escape Festival of Art and Music 2013 to be held on 24, 25 and 26 May at The Lake Resort (Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand), a bash featuring some of the hottest bands in India, unique and enthralling art and more.
“Escape Festival 2013 is the perfect place to get young people to stand up and speak out in defence of animals”, says PETA India Youth Outreach Adviser Neha Singh. “Once people learn the benefits of going vegan, what happens to animals in laboratories and the importance of sterilising dogs and cats, they’re much more likely to help take a bite out of animal suffering.”
PETA Youth supporters – including musicians Parikrama, Indian Ocean, Monica Dogra and Anoushka Shankar – have used their art to encourage young people to get involved in one of the fastest-growing movements for social justice in the world: animal rights.
From their own stall at the festival, PETA Youth representatives will interact with the throngs of young people expected to turn out – educating them about animal rights issues and motivating them to take action. They’ll also be recruiting for PETA’s highly active Street Team and collecting petition signatures to urge the government to pass the draft Animal Welfare Act, 2011, in the form prepared by the Animal Welfare Board of India, to ensure that anyone who abuses or neglects an animal – whether it’s a dog on the street, an overworked donkey or an animal forced to perform in a travelling show – is brought to justice and pays the price.