Pune Local is PETA India’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year

For Immediate Release 

4 December 2019 


Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected] 

Garima Jain; [email protected] 

Pooja Rathore Promotes Vegan Living, Rescues Animals, and More  

Pune – In honour of International Volunteer Day (5 December), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has named 25-year-old Pune resident Pooja Rathore its 2019 Volunteer of the Year 

Rathore has taken part in numerous eye-catching demonstrations for PETA India to promote vegan (wholly plant-based) eating. She’s always ready to assist the group’s emergency response team in organising veterinary care for animals in need and also independently rescues injured animals and gets them treated. Vegan for over six years, she first volunteered for various vegan outreach groups in Delhi and today does similar work in Pune. She feeds strays in her area, raises awareness about animal rights online, and is pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition to become an even stronger advocate for vegan eating.  

Photos of Rathore in action are available upon request. 

“For years, PETA India has counted on Pooja Rathore to help us encourage others to make kind choices for animals,” says PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “From taking part in demonstrations to promoting vegan eating, she works hard to inspire people across Pune to help stop animal suffering.” 

Rathore also organises climate strikes in Pune to raise awareness of climate change and other environmental issues. Since meat, egg, and dairy production generates significant amounts of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change and forests are cut down to make room for farmed animals and the crops to feed them, in 2010, a United Nations report warned that a global shift towards vegan eating is imperative to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change. 

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.