Written by Alisa Mullins
PETA and animals have lost a great friend. Ravi Shankar, the late sitar maestro, Beatles collaborator, and honorary patron of PETA India, frequently
spoke up to help end animal suffering.
Together with his daughter Anoushka, Ravi Shankar appeared in print and TV ads promoting stronger laws protecting animals.
Just a few of his many efforts in behalf of animals include
appealing to the Indian government to strengthen laws protecting
animals, which he continued to push for all his life. He participated in a PETA India news conference
to support a lawsuit brought before the Indian Supreme Court accusing the
central government, each state government, and the Animal Welfare Board of
India of failing to enforce laws that are supposed to protect animals abused in
the leather and meat
industries. He also wrote
to fast-food chain KFC urging the company to address the severe cruelty to the chickens killed for its
To honor Ravi's memory, PETA India hopes the government
will act today to pass the draft Animal Welfare Act 2011 and that each person who feels his loss will commemorate his compassion for
animals by doing just one kind thing today—be it offering food to a hungry stray
dog or writing to the
Ministry of Environment and Forests and asking it to strengthen India's animal
Ravi worked with PETA and PETA India to bring harmony
into animals' lives. He will always be remembered for his music and for his
compassion for animals. We send his family our condolences.
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