William and Kate Receive Gifts of Fine Faux Silk from PETA India

For Immediate Release:
25 April 2011

Anu Chowdhary; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Royal Couple Can Start Their New Life on a Truly Kind Note

Mumbai – As the wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton draws near, PETA India has sent the royal couple two gifts that will stand out among the countless others arriving from around the world. The group is giving a traditional Indian wedding sari made of luxurious faux silk to Kate and a faux silk sherwani to William – so no animals, not even the tiniest of insects, were harmed to make the truly ahimsa garments.

“All animals, from cows to silkworms, share the will to live and be pain-free”, says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. “With all the beautiful cruelty-free materials available, everyone can have a wardrobe that’s fit for royalty without hurting anyone.”

To produce just 100 grams of silk, approximately 1,500 worms are killed. Indian cows and other animals used for leather are often crammed onto vehicles in such high numbers that their bones break. Snakes used to make bags, shoes and other products are often nailed to trees by their heads and then skinned alive. Alligators are often beaten to death with hammers or other blunt objects. Animals on fur farms are often driven insane from confinement and then killed by electrocution, gassing or other crude methods. Most Australian sheep used for wool undergo “mulesing”, a crude mutilation in which chunks of flesh are cut from lambs’ backsides in the belief that the scarred skin won’t harbour fly eggs. This cruel practice continues even though there are much more humane ways to repel flies. There are several high-quality alternatives to silk – art (or artificial) silk is a popular favourite. Kate’s sari and William’s sherwani were made from a faux silk fabric that resembles raw silk.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.