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The veterinarians mentioned a number of reasons why circuses should not be allowed to employ animals in their appeal: Elephants are chained, horses and camels are nearly always kept in one spot, dogs are imprisoned, and animals are physically mistreated in circuses to perform unnatural stunts that wreck havoc on their bodies and minds, they pointed out.
"Whether it's a lack of room and exercise, or a lack of social interaction, all of these elements add up to a lower quality of life than in the wild. All animals employed by Indian circuses have a low quality of life, as the findings of the Animal Welfare Board of India inspections and other monitoring of Indian circuses have proven "According to the plea.
The doctors also mentioned how elephants in Indian circuses are chained for up to 24 hours a day when they are not performing and must live nearly motionless in their own excrement, causing severe and even deadly foot issues in captive elephants. Elephants in the wild spend up to 75% of their time grazing and travel up to 50 kilometres each day. Camels and horses used in circuses suffer a similar fate, since they are confined to one location virtually continually, which can lead to lameness.
"Birds' flight feathers are removed to keep them from flying, and when they're not being used, they and other animals, including canines, are held in metal cages that can cause injuries and sores," they write.PETA India claimed it has consulted vets about the problems. "
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These vets are well-versed in animal welfare issues. PETA India supports these doctors in urging (Minister) Parshottam Rupala Ji to execute the central government's proposed ban on the usage of animals in circuses "Dr Manilal Valliyate, CEO of PETA India and a veterinarian, said in a statement.
PETA India, whose slogan includes the phrase "animals are not ours to employ for pleasure," fights speciesism, a human-centered worldview.
The Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory agency created under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, recommended to the Central government in 2017 and 2019 that laws outlawing animals in circuses be passed. The Great Golden Circus, the only circus currently performing with protected wild animals - namely elephants - was recently decertified by the Central Zoo Authority. (IANS/PR)
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA India has fired off letters to McDonald’s, KFC, and Burger King India urging them to add vegan options to their menus, as they are increasingly doing abroad. The letters followed Beyond Meat’s global partnership agreement with KFC’s parent company, Yum! Brands, and McDonald’s Corporation to explore and roll out plant-based meat and egg alternatives for these fast-food chains as the global demand for vegan food continues to surge.
The popular plant-based meat company is also reportedly set to debut its products in India through UAE-based food manufacturer and distributor IFFCO, a subsidiary of India’s Allana.
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In its letters, PETA India points to a study by market research company Ipsos that came out in 2019 – before the bird flu crisis and the pandemic – revealing that 63 percent of Indians were willing to eat plant-based meat. And a whopping 61.68 percent of nearly 3,500 Delhi-NCR residents polled recently said they refused to consume chickens or eggs because of the bird flu scare.
“Much of the world – many Indians included – is turning away from meat, eggs, and dairy over animal welfare, environmental, or health concerns,” says PETA India Vegan Outreach Coordinator Dr. Kiran Ahuja. “PETA India is calling on these fast-food companies to accept the way the wind is blowing and offer the vegan meals that their customers here want, just as they do abroad.”
Bird flu, swine flu, Ebola, HIV, and numerous other zoonotic diseases are believed to have jumped the species barrier to humans at live-animal markets, on factory farms, at slaughterhouses, or via other places linked to raising or killing animals for meat. Like SARS, the novel coronavirus is overwhelmingly considered to have started or spread to humans at a Chinese meat market. And the first outbreaks of H5N1 – which kills about 60 percent of humans who catch it – coincided with infections found in chickens on farms and at live-animal markets in Hong Kong.
PETA India notes that in addition to helping to combat infectious diseases, people who go vegan reduce their risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer and spare sensitive animals a terrifying death in filthy, blood-soaked slaughterhouses. (IANS/SP)
Actor Sonu Sood has been roped in for a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India ad that encourages meat-free eating habits. Sonu appears with a pair of chicks on his shoulder in the new campaign for PETA India.
The actor said: “This Valentine’s Day, I encourage everyone to show some love to chicks – and cows, buffaloes, goats, pigs, and fish. There’s nothing more attractive than kindness, and we can all be kind to animals, our planet, and our bodies by keeping animals off our plates.”
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Sonu, who was named PETA India’s Hottest Vegetarian in 2020, has appeared in a previous pro-vegetarian PETA India ad campaign, participated in the group’s “Hug A Vegetarian Day” and supported a social media appeal to push McDonald’s India to add a McVegan burger to its menu.
During the pandemic, he helped thousands of stranded migrant workers and students return to their homes, among other actions to help people in need.
He is part of a long list of celebrities including Anushka Sharma, Shahid Kapoor, Hema Malini, and R. Madhavan who have teamed up with PETA India to promote meat-free meals. (IANS)
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has named O P Jindal Global University student Ayan Banerjee as its 2020 ‘volunteer of the year’. According to a PETA statement, Ayan, 18, is a vegan and he 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 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-kilometer run – visiting numerous colleges, distributing leaflets, and spreading the word about vegan eating,” the statement said.
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He also helped staff a PETA India stall at the vegan Ahimsa Yoga and 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.
During the pandemic, he encouraged students to join PETA Youth’s online webinar on vegan eating. He has 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. He also encourages fellow students to conduct virtual Compassionate Citizen workshops. Compassionate Citizen is PETA India’s award-winning humane education program designed to instill empathy for animals in children aged 8 to 12. (IANS)