PETA India https://www.petaindia.com/ <span class="one">Animals are not ours</span> <span class="two">to experiment on, eat, wear, use for </span><span class="three">entertainment, or abuse in any other way.</span> Wed, 21 Jun 2023 05:31:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.2.2 New International Yoga Day PETA India Billboard Campaign Encourages Animal Adoption https://www.petaindia.com/blog/new-international-yoga-day-peta-india-billboard-campaign-encourages-animal-adoption-2/ Wed, 21 Jun 2023 05:28:06 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68544 PETA India encourages the people of Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Lucknow to adopt an animal from a local shelter and celebrate International Yoga Day with them.

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For International Yoga Day (21 June), PETA India is placing advertisements in Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Lucknow, encouraging people to adopt a yoga buddy – that is, a playful dog or cat – from a local animal shelter.

The billboards can be seen at the following locations:

 

Every time someone buys a “purebred” dog from a breeder, from a pet store, or online, a dog in need roaming the streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses a chance at finding a home. Stray animals often starve or are injured, abused, or hit by vehicles. Countless other animals are left to languish in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. That’s why PETA India advocates for adoption and urges guardians to have their animal companions sterilised so that those who have already been born have the best chance at a good home and a good life.

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Dog Meat Allowance in India Prompts PETA India to Erect Pro-Vegan Billboards Across Cities for World Meat Free Day https://www.petaindia.com/blog/dog-meat-allowance-in-india-prompts-peta-india-to-erect-pro-vegan-billboards-across-cities-for-world-meat-free-day/ Thu, 15 Jun 2023 05:20:58 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68494 “If You Wouldn’t Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Chicken?”, asks PETA India billboard in observance of World Meat Free Day.

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Following public outrage over the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court’s decision to allow the sale and consumption of dog meat in Nagaland, PETA India has erected billboards in cities starting in Delhi and Mumbai calling out meat-eaters’ speciesism (a bias in favour of some species over others). The billboard shows an animal with a dog’s body and a chicken’s head, and asks, “If You Wouldn’t Eat a Dog, Why Eat a Chicken?”, encouraging people to go vegan. The billboard campaign is launched for World Meat Free Day, observed on 15 June every year, and aims to remind meat-eaters appalled by the court order that both dogs and chickens have the capacity to suffer and feel pain and want to live.

The use of animals for food causes suffering on a massive scale. Dogs are clubbed, fish suffocate or are cut open on the decks of fishing boats, and pigs are stabbed in the chest. In the egg industry, chickens are kept in filthy cages so small they can’t spread a single wing and newborn male chicks are ground up, burned, or buried alive since they cannot lay eggs, along with other unwanted chicks. Male calves in the dairy industry are commonly abandoned, left to starve, or killed since they cannot produce milk.

In addition, eating meat and other animal-derived foods has been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, while rearing and killing animals for food has been linked to a multitude of zoonotic diseases including SARS, bird flu, swine flu, Ebola, HIV, and likely COVID-19. A United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of the climate catastrophe.

PETA India’s billboard makes the simple point that people who are disgusted by eating dogs should question why they consider it acceptable to consume chicken.

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Following a PETA India Complaint, Nagaur Police Register FIR Against Men for Cruelly Beating a Dog to Death https://www.petaindia.com/blog/following-a-peta-india-complaint-nagaur-police-register-fir-against-men-for-cruelly-beating-a-dog-to-death/ Thu, 08 Jun 2023 08:39:32 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68465 PETA India worked with Nagaur police to lodge an FIR against a group of men who allegedly killed a community dog.

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After learning that a group of men allegedly killed a community dog outside Butati Dham Temple in Nagaur by beating the animal with a stick, PETA India worked with senior officials of Nagaur police to have a first information report (FIR) registered. The FIR has been registered under sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860, and Section 11(1) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. The cruel incident was reported to PETA India by a concerned citizen who visited the temple and found the dog’s body in a pool of blood. The animal was barely alive after the vicious attack and died soon after.

PETA India also recommends that the perpetrators undergo psychiatric evaluation and receive counselling, as abusing animals indicates deep psychological disturbance. Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals, including humans. For example, Ameerul Islam, sentenced to death for raping and murdering Kerala law student Jisha, had a history of raping and killing dogs and goats. In a study published in 1998 in the Journal of Emotional Abuse of abused women who sought shelter at a safe home and who had companion animals, 71% confirmed that their partner had threatened, injured, or killed the animals.

PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders, although the IPC does prescribe stronger punishments. In a proposal sent to the central government regarding an amendment to the PCA Act, PETA India has recommended significantly increasing penalties for cruelty to animals.

Those who abuse animals often move on to harming humans. It is imperative that members of the public report cases of cruelty to animals such as this one for everyone’s safety.

 

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‘Mermaid’ Shows Her Love for Fish for World Ocean Day https://www.petaindia.com/blog/mermaid-shows-her-love-for-fish-for-world-ocean-day/ Thu, 08 Jun 2023 04:11:33 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68418 A PETA India “mermaid” urged passers-by in Bengaluru to be kind to fish and other marine animals by going vegan.

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For World Ocean Day (8 June), a PETA India staffer posed as a mermaid in Bengaluru and urged passers-by to consider fish friends and to go vegan.

Scientific studies confirm what marine biologists have said for years: fish feel pain, share knowledge, and have long memories and cultural traditions. Some fish woo potential partners by creating intricate works of art in the sand on the ocean floor. Yet more fish are killed for food each year than all other animals combined. They’re impaled, crushed, suffocated, or cut open and gutted – often while they’re fully conscious.

Each year, the fishing industry also kills vast numbers of “non-target” animals, including 100 million sharks and rays, 720,000 seabirds, 345,000 seals and sea lions, and 300,000 whales and dolphins.

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Sacrifice of Seven Buffaloes Stopped in Jogulamba Gadwal Following PETA India Complaint https://www.petaindia.com/blog/sacrifice-of-seven-buffaloes-stopped-in-jogulamba-gadwal-following-peta-india-complaint/ Wed, 07 Jun 2023 11:20:29 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68388 PETA India’s complaint helped stop the sacrifice of seven buffaloes during a festival in Jogulamba Gadwal.

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After learning that some locals of Thatikunta village in Jogulamba Gadwal district were planning to sacrifice seven buffaloes during a festival called Devara, PETA India sprang into action and worked with the superintendent of police and circle inspector of Gadwal to prevent the sacrifice from taking place.

In its complaint, PETA India pointed out that Section 5(b) of the Telangana Animals and Birds Sacrifices Prohibition Act, 1950, states that no person shall knowingly allow any sacrifice to be performed at any place that is in their possession or under their control. Section 4 prohibits anyone from officiating, performing, or participating in sacrificing an animal in any congregation. Section 8 makes all offences under the Act cognisable.

Gujarat, Kerala, Puducherry, and Rajasthan already have laws in place prohibiting the religious sacrifice of any animal in any temple or its precinct. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana prohibit it in any place of public religious worship or adoration or its precinct or in any congregation or procession connected with religious worship on a public street.

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Radhika Madan Turns Into Green Goddess for PETA India World Environment Day Vegan Campaign https://www.petaindia.com/blog/radhika-madan-turns-into-green-goddess-for-peta-india-world-environment-day-vegan-campaign/ Mon, 05 Jun 2023 12:48:32 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68213 Radhika Madan stars in PETA India’s new vegan campaign encouraging people to “Try Vegan” by posing in a dress made of cabbage leaves.

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Posing in a dress made of cabbage leaves, versatile actor Radhika Madan appears in PETA India’s new vegan campaign encouraging people to “Turn Over a New Leaf” and “Try Vegan”. The eye-catching print campaign, which debuted on World Environment Day (5 June), was shot by photographer Sahil Behal, with hair and make-up by Cassandra Kehren, styling by Sukriti Grover, and outfit by Saisha Shinde.

Madan decided to go vegan several years ago to get in better shape to play the role of a teenager in Angrezi Medium, and she continued eating vegan even after the cameras stopped rolling.

“My character, Tarika, from Angrezi Medium helped me discover vegan foods, and it completely changed my mindset and gave me a clearer perspective on life,” says Madan. “I have a lot of leafy greens, sattu is my source of protein, and there’s so much variety contrary to what people think. I encourage everyone to try being plant-based – help the animals and yourself, too!”

Everyone who follows Madan’s lead and goes vegan reduces their carbon footprint dramatically: animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. University of Oxford researchers found that vegan eating can reduce emissions from food by up to 73%. Going vegan also helps combat the spread of deadly viruses: SARS, swine flu, and bird flu – and likely COVID-19, too – all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.

And of course, eating vegan helps animals. As PETA India reveals in its video exposé “Glass Walls”, chickens killed for food are often shackled upside down before their throats are slit. Cows and buffaloes are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that their bones often break before they’re dragged off to the slaughterhouse, and pigs are stabbed in the heart as they scream. On the decks of fishing boats, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive.

Madan joins Kartik Aaryan, Anushka Sharma, Shahid Kapoor, Hema Malini, R Madhavan, and many other celebrities who’ve teamed up with PETA India to promote healthy, humane meat-free meals.

Emerging as one of the busiest actors in the industry, Madan is representing Indian cinema at a global level. Her films such as Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, Kacchey Limbu, and Sanaa premiered at various international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Indian Film Festival, and the UK Asian Film Festival.

Continuing to expand her horizons and push the envelope, Madan is now gearing up for a number of films in 2023, including Kacchey Limbu; Sanaa; the remake of Oscar contender Soorarai Pottru featuring Akshay Kumar; Happy Teacher’s Day, directed by Mikhil Musale; and Rumi Ki Sharafat, directed by noted ad filmmaker Prashant Bhagia.

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After Defending Pigs, West Bengal Stands Up for Rodents and Other Small Animals, Banning Cruel Glue Traps in Response to PETA India Appeal https://www.petaindia.com/blog/after-defending-pigs-west-bengal-stands-up-for-rodents-and-other-small-animals-banning-cruel-glue-traps-in-response-to-peta-india-appeal/ Sun, 04 Jun 2023 03:41:52 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68301 Following an appeal by PETA India, West Bengal has prohibited the manufacture, sale, and use of glue traps in the state.

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Following an appeal by PETA India, the Directorate of Animal Resources and Animal Health, West Bengal, has asked that necessary action be taken by the deputy director of animal resources and development and parishad officer of all districts to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and use of glue traps in the state. The circular cites advisories issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India calling for restrictions on these devices for rodent control. The move comes on the heels of another circular issued by the West Bengal government prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and use of severely restrictive gestation and farrowing crates in pig farming following an appeal by PETA India.

Rat stuck in glue trap

PETA India drew the West Bengal government’s attention to the indiscriminate nature of deadly glue traps, which catch not only rodents but also other small “non-target” animals, including birds, squirrels, reptiles, and frogs, causing them excruciating pain and leading to a slow, torturous death. Similar circulars prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and use of glue traps have previously been issued by the governments of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.

The use of glue traps, which causes unnecessary suffering to animals, is a punishable offence under Section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Usually made of plastic trays or sheets of cardboard covered with strong glue, the traps pose a danger to any animal who may cross their path. The use of glue traps is also in violation of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, which prohibits the “hunting” of protected indigenous species. Mice, rats, and other animals caught in these traps can die of hunger, dehydration, or exposure after days of prolonged suffering. Others may suffocate when their noses and mouths become stuck in the glue, while some even chew through their legs in a desperate bid for freedom and die from blood loss. Those found alive may be thrown away along with the trap or may face an even more traumatic death, such as by bludgeoning or drowning.

The best way to control rodent populations is to make the area unattractive or inaccessible to them: eliminate food sources by keeping surfaces and floors clean, storing food in chew-proof containers, and sealing trash cans, and use ammonia-soaked cotton balls or rags to drive rodents away. (They hate the smell.) After giving them a few days to leave, seal entry points using foam sealant, steel wool, hardware cloth, or metal flashing. Rodents can also be removed using humane cage traps but must be released where they will find adequate food, water, and shelter to help them survive.

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Andhra Pradesh Stands Up for Rodents and Other Small Animals, Bans Cruel Glue Traps Following PETA India Appeal https://www.petaindia.com/blog/andhra-pradesh-stands-up-for-rodents-and-other-small-animals-bans-cruel-glue-traps-following-peta-india-appeal/ Fri, 02 Jun 2023 10:39:38 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68145 Andhra Pradesh bans the manufacture, sale, and use of glue traps for rodent control in the state, following a PETA India appeal.

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Following an appeal from PETA India, the Directorate of Animal Husbandry of Andhra Pradesh has issued a circular recommending the prohibition of the manufacture, sale, and use of glue traps for rodent control in the state.

Rats stuck in glue trap

Affirming that the use of glue traps to catch rats and other small animals violates The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, the circular instructs district animal husbandry officers across the state to implement Animal Welfare Board of India advisories. commands law enforcement authorities to conduct special drives to seize glue traps from manufacturers and traders and field functionaries to publicise the order, while encouraging the use of humane methods of rodent control.

Affirming that the use of glue traps to catch rats and other small animals violates The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, the circular instructs district animal husbandry officers across the state to implement Animal Welfare Board of India advisories. commands law enforcement authorities to conduct special drives to seize glue traps from manufacturers and traders and field functionaries to publicise the order, while encouraging the use of humane methods of rodent control.

In its appeal, PETA India drew attention to the indiscriminate nature of the deadly traps, which catch not only rodents but also other small “non-target” animals, including birds, squirrels, reptiles, and frogs, causing them excruciating pain and leading to a slow, torturous death. Similar circulars prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and use of glue traps have previously been issued by the governments of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.

The use of glue traps, which causes unnecessary suffering to animals, is a punishable offence under Section 11 of the PCA Act, 1960. Usually made of plastic trays or sheets of cardboard covered with strong glue, the traps pose a danger to any animal who may cross their path. The use of glue traps is also in violation of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, which prohibits the “hunting” of protected indigenous species. Mice, rats, and other animals caught in these traps can die of hunger, dehydration, or exposure after days of prolonged suffering. Others may suffocate when their noses and mouths become stuck in the glue, while some even chew through their legs in a desperate bid for freedom and die from blood loss. Those found alive may be thrown away along with the trap or may face an even more traumatic death, such as by bludgeoning or drowning.

The best way to control rodent populations is to make the area unattractive or inaccessible to them: eliminate food sources by keeping surfaces and floors clean, storing food in chew-proof containers, and sealing trash cans, and use ammonia-soaked cotton balls or rags to drive rodents away (they hate the smell). After giving them a few days to leave, seal entry points using foam sealant, steel wool, hardware cloth, or metal flashing. Rodents can also be removed using humane cage traps but must be released where they will find adequate food, water, and shelter to help them survive.

In 2022, following an appeal from PETA India, the Andhra Pradesh government issued a circular prohibiting the use of severely restrictive gestation and farrowing crates in pig farming.

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PETA India’s Ethik Vegan Fashion Giveaway Contest https://www.petaindia.com/blog/peta-indias-ethik-vegan-fashion-giveaway-contest/ Thu, 01 Jun 2023 14:00:20 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68258 PETA India is teaming up with premium fashion brand Ethik to give away vegan wallets, belts, and more.

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Featured on Shark Tank India and recognised as one of the country’s top 500 direct-to-consumer brands, Ethik is India’s first premium vegan leather fashion brand for men. Founded in 2013 in Bengaluru – India’s silicon valley – and based on the principle of “Ahimsa Parmo Dharma”, Ethik is responsible for saving countless animals’ lives by being the choice of the conscious consumer. Ethik’s slogan is “Live Leather Free”, and its stylish, cruelty-free shoes, wallets, belts, and other accessories are as cool as they are kind. Now, just in time for World Environment Day (5 June), Ethik is teaming up with PETA India to give away a prize hamper filled with vegan leather goodies.

Animals endure horrific pain and suffering in the non-vegan leather industry, including being crammed into vehicles so tightly that they often suffocate or break their bones on the way to slaughter. Clothing and accessories made from animal skins are also environmentally destructive: leather is treated with a toxic soup of chemicals, which ends up polluting the ground and water. Meanwhile, Ethik’s cruelty-free material – made from state-of-the-art microfibre and plant-cellulose – is light, tough, flexible, and water-resistant, and it looks and feels exactly like leather – but with none of the cruelty or pollution.

The contest runs from 5 June to 5 July. Three winners will be randomly selected to receive a stunning Organica wallet, the cool Inspiration belt, and an extra special surprise. Be your best self by making the switch to cruelty-free products. Enter the contest for a chance to win!

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PETA India encourages everyone to end cruelty, look good, and have some fun. Enter the Ethik Giveaway Contest for your chance to win.

This contest is open to residents of India only. The call for entries closes on 5 July, and three randomly selected winners will be notified via e-mail and phone by 7 July. If you win, please post pictures of your prize on social media, tagging @Ethik_India (Twitter), @ethik.india (Instagram), and @PETAIndia (Twitter and Instagram).

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Central Government’s Animal Welfare Board Issues Show Cause Notices to Circuses Following PETA India Complaints https://www.petaindia.com/blog/central-governments-animal-welfare-board-issues-show-cause-notices-to-circuses-following-peta-india-complaints/ Thu, 01 Jun 2023 10:58:34 +0000 https://www.petaindia.com/?p=68235 Animal Welfare Board of India issues show cause notices to Jumbo Circus and Great Indian Circus.

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Following complaints from PETA India, the central government statutory body the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) – which regulates the use of animals for performances in the country – issued show cause notices to Jumbo Circus and Great Indian Circus, requiring them to explain why their performing animals registration certificates should not be suspended immediately. The show cause notices were issued following the registration of first information reports on complaints filed by PETA India. In addition to cruelty to animals and other violations, both circuses were booked under Section 289 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860, for endangering public safety. Jumbo Circus was additionally booked under Section 429 of the IPC, 1860, and Section 11(1)(l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, for lacerating the feathers of birds to prevent them from flying. The show cause notices establish that both circuses have numerous registered animals who are inexplicably missing.

Circuses in India are routinely found to engage in illegal and cruel practices. Recently, following a petition filed by PETA India under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2017, the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Thrissur, through an order dated 11 May 2023, awarded interim custody of macaws and a cockatoo with mutilated wings from Great Bombay Circus to the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo. A health inspection by a team of government veterinarians confirmed that the wings of these birds had been lacerated.

Several AWBI inspections and numerous investigations by PETA India have proved that circuses that use animals are inherently cruel: the animals are continuously chained or confined to small, barren cages; deprived of veterinary care and adequate food, water, and shelter; and denied everything that’s natural and important to them. They’re forced to perform confusing, uncomfortable, and even painful tricks under threat of physical abuse with weapons. Many display stereotypic, repetitive behaviour indicative of extreme stress.

We urge the public to appeal to the central government to prohibit the use of animals in circuses.

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