Thane Cricket Match Cancels Prizes of Live Animals for Slaughter

For Immediate Release:
14 March 2017

Meet Ashar; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

PETA Persuades Holi Festival Cricket Match Organiser to Nix Giving Away Goats and Chickens

Thane – After finding out that a group in Thane was organising a cricket match for the festival of Holi and offering prizes of live goats and chickens, who were apparently going to be slaughtered and eaten at a victory party, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sprang into action. Meet Ashar, the animal-protection organisation’s emergency response coordinator, immediately contacted one of the organisers of the event and got the live-animal prizes cancelled.

Killing an animal outside a licenced slaughterhouse is an apparent violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001. Once the organiser was made aware of this, he decided to award the winners of the match cash prizes instead.

“Holi celebrates the arrival of spring – the season of hope and joy – but there is no hope or joy for goats, chickens, or other animals who are slaughtered for food”, Ashar says. “We encourage everyone to go to bat for animals used for food and spread compassion by choosing delicious, healthy vegan meals that no one has to die for.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that eating meat from any animal causes immense suffering. Goats – as well as cows, buffaloes, and sheep – are crammed into vehicles for slaughter in such high numbers that many break their bones, suffocate, or die en route. At slaughterhouses, workers often hack at animals’ throats with dull blades. Chickens on factory farms are crowded by the thousands into dark sheds that reek of ammonia from the accumulated waste in which they’re forced to stand. Fish are often crushed and mutilated while still alive.

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