For Immediate Release:
3 December 2020
Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
From Promoting Vegan Eating to Helping Community Dogs and Cats, Activist Speaks Out for All Animals
Prayagraj – In honour of International Volunteer Day (5 December), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has named O.P. Jindal Global University student Ayan Banerjee its 2020 Volunteer of the Year.
Eighteen-year-old Ayan, who is vegan, joined PETA India’s volunteer ranks two years ago. Since then, he has shown dedication in working to inform young people about animal rights. He has visited schools such as Bal Bharti School in Allahabad and Wynberg Allen School in Mussoorie to give talks to students on the benefits of vegan eating. In collaboration with the Allahabad Museum, Ayan took part in a 200-kilometre run – visiting numerous colleges, distributing leaflets, and spreading the word about vegan eating. He helped staff a PETA India stall at the vegan Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival in January this year and took part in a PETA India street theatre–style demonstration in Allahabad encouraging onlookers to consider adopting a lovable Indian dog from the streets or an animal shelter instead of buying a dog. And that’s not all!
During the pandemic, he’s rallied students to join PETA Youth’s online webinar on vegan eating. He’s taken part in and encouraged friends to take part in various PETA India missions, like a vegan cooking challenge and a Friendship Day activity motivating the public to adopt animals. Ayan also uses social media to spread awareness of animal rights and feeds community dogs and cats.
When he’s not holding outreach activities for PETA Youth, he’s encouraging fellow students to conduct virtual Compassionate Citizen workshops. Compassionate Citizen is PETA India’s award-winning humane education programme designed to instil empathy for animals in children aged 8 to 12. And he does it all with his signature dedicated and kind-hearted approach.
“From taking part in vegan cooking challenges to taking the animal rights message on college tours, Ayan Banerjee never misses an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to make kind choices for animals,” says PETA India Senior Campaigns Coordinator Radhika Suryavanshi. “PETA India is delighted to recognise him for being an ally to animals through and through.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.