Pistol-Shooting Ace Heena Sidhu Stars in Anti-Hunting PETA Campaign

For Immediate Release:
22 July 2014

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

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Mumbai – She’s headed to the Commonwealth Games (which begins on 23 July in Glasgow), where she hopes to take home yet another gold medal, but there’s one thing Heena Sidhu, managed by IOS Sports & Entertainment, will never use her record-setting pistol skills for: to hunt and kill animals. That’s why Sidhu – the first Indian pistol shooter to be ranked number one in the world – was eager to team up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India for a brand-new ad campaign that shows her holding her pistol and taking a self-portrait with her phone below the words “Shoot Selfies, Not Animals: Say NO to Hunting”. The ad was shot by ace photographer Gaurav Sawn with hair and make-up by Rohini Foregard.

Sidhu also sat down with PETA for an exclusive video interview to talk about the cruelty of hunting animals. The video can be viewed here.

“Hunting is the epitome of cruelty towards the animals, and we should take every measure to stop hunting. … Animals like tigers and leopards and rhinos and elephants have been shot and hunted and poached for their skins and their horns”, Sidhu says. “If anybody spots someone hunting an animal, the first thing to do would be to report them to the police to take every measure possible to stop them from hunting.”

The Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, prohibits hunting wild animals, but some people still shoot them under the guise of “sport” or to sell the skin, bones, claws, meat, horns and tusks of tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants and other animals on the black market. Hunters may also kill animals outside India. Research shows that 60 per cent of animals who are shot flee into the woods to die slowly and painfully from blood loss, gangrene, dehydration or starvation. Mother animals who are killed leave behind helpless orphaned babies, who starve to death or are eaten by predators.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.