Written by Jeff Mackey
"Shanthi" means "peace, rest, calmness,
tranquility, or bliss." So it's appropriate that Shanthi and her friends (pictured
below) enjoy such a blissful life at a sanctuary in India—but that wasn't
always the case.
© Aneesh S
Once, these little donkeys worked all day long in the
blistering heat, carrying heavy loads of bricks from the fiery kilns starting
at dawn. At night, they were left to root through garbage and dirt in the hope
of finding enough nourishment to survive. Animal Rahat, which PETA supports,
rescued Shanthi and all the other survivors of accidents involving trucks and
cars and arranged for their retirement. Now, they live, jump, run, and play
with their rescued friends from the streets—and they'll never be beaten again.
Animal Rahat saves the lives of India's working animals. To
help animals such as
Shanthi and his pals, please make a generous donation to Animal Rahat.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
her namesake, 4-month-old pup Snow White was in dire need of rescue when Animal Rahat, the animal-relief organization that PETA helps
fund in India, got the call. The frightened puppy had tried to negotiate a busy
road, only to be struck by a speeding bicycle. Running blindly, she was hit
again by another bicycle, leaving her bruised and bloodied, with a gaping wound
on her leg.
Animal Rahat team rushed to the scene, scooped up the frail puppy, and took her back to the sanctuary, where the
veterinarian and other staff members cleaned her wounds, treated her for fleas,
and fed her what was probably her first square meal in her entire short life. Her
stomach full, Snow White curled up and conked out, fast asleep.
energetic puppy is now a cheerful addition to the sanctuary and has made
friends with all the former
working animals who are retired there.
Snow White is still waiting for her Prince Charming—a sponsor to help Animal
Rahat with her care. Can you help give her a fairytale ending? Make a generous commitment to Snow White and other animals rescued by Animal Rahat to help working animals of India.
It's a common sight in
Maharashtra during sugarcane season—bullocks panting
and frothing at the mouth from straining to pull carts piled high with
sugarcane. Their knees are swollen, and their necks and shoulders bear wounds that
are a silent testimony to their daily toil under the yoke.
The bullocks who are forced to
work on India's sugarcane farms are commonly denied proper food, fresh drinking
water, sufficient rest, and relief from the blazing-hot sun. They are yanked
roughly by wires threaded through their pierced noses and are often beaten or
whipped. Strands of barbed wire are sometimes put under the wooden yoke, and a thin
piece of leather is attached to the whip to make it sting even more.
PETA's friends at Animal Rahat, which offers relief for India's working animals,
are improving conditions for these bullocks. For years, Animal Rahat
has provided bullocks with medical attention, persuaded owners to let sick and
injured animals rest, and replaced painful nose ropes with harnesses.
But Animal Rahat's groundbreaking new initiative, "The Tractor Project,"
is a way to eliminate the use of bullocks completely
and replace them with small tractors. It's the start of a terrific plan that
could eventually relieve untold suffering.
Sugarcane farms are largely
staffed by migrant workers who live on the factory land for six to seven months
of the year, harvesting and hauling. These poor farmers cannot afford to buy a
motorized vehicle to haul the cane, but The Tractor Project is changing that. Animal
Rahat made a donation toward the purchase of five new tractors for workers at the
Kranti Sugar Factory. The factory then gave the employees an interest-free loan
for the rest of the cost.
week, the first five owners were presented with their new tractors, and their
10 old, worn-out bullocks were released from servitude in a touching ceremony
at the factory. When the bullocks arrived at Animal Rahat's Retired Bullock Home later that same day, caretakers
removed their nose ropes and offered the relieved animals jaggery, a sweet
treat that they love, to welcome them.
Animal Rahat and the Kranti Sugar
Factory plan to distribute more tractors as they find the funds to do so. And
Animal Rahat is preparing to expand The Tractor Project to other areas if
possible. Each sugarcane factory uses about 1,200 working bullocks, so it will
be no small task. But Animal Rahat is dedicated to ending the suffering of
To contribute to Animal Rahat's
overall efforts—which fund new
initiatives, including The Tractor Project—visit
Animal Rahat's fundraising
a baby monkey fell off an electric pole high above a
highway in Sangli, India, and plummeted to the road below, she was knocked
unconscious and one eye was left swollen and bloody. Someone saw the monkey
fall and alerted officials. Knowing the superb rehabilitation work that PETA's
friends at Animal Rahat
("rahat" means "relief" in Hindi)
do, forest officials asked them to go to the scene immediately.
the injured animal to its rehabilitation facility, where workers gently flushed
her eyes and gave her antibiotic eyedrops for a few days. It was delicate work
helping the monkey to heal while handling her as little as possible so as not
to cause her stress, which
can lead monkeys to mutilate themselves.
week later, with her health improving, it was safe to give the tiny monkey the
freedom and space that she craved, so she was taken to the Katraj wildlife rescue
center, where she could enjoy a forest-like setting while continuing to heal.
monkey relished her freedom and continued to improve while she built a trusting
relationship with her caretakers. But life in captivity is not what nature
intended for monkeys, and after two months there, her rescue team bid her a
tearful goodbye and released her back into the forest. Animal Rahat workers still
visit the forest from time to time to see if they can spot her and even managed
to get one last picture of the now fully recovered monkey doing what monkeys do
Following an extensive campaign by PETA India, Indian universities' top governing body, the
University Grants Commission (UGC), is officially recommending that all colleges and universities replace animal dissection
and animal experimentation in zoology and life sciences courses with modern non-animal methods. According to Dr BK
Sharma, associate professor and head of the Department of Zoology at the RL
Saharia Government PG College in Jaipur, by using computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs,
films, charts, and lifelike models, it is estimated that Indian universities will
save 19 million animals every year.
Animals used for
dissection may be captured from their natural habitats or may come from "biological
supply" companies, which not only breed animals but also purchase them
from slaughterhouses, pet stores, animal shelters, and dealers who sell lost or
stolen companion animals. Animals are killed by gassing or drowning and are
then injected with formaldehyde, sometimes without first being checked to make sure that
they are dead.
recommendations will not only spare millions of animals' lives but also ensure that
students don't have to choose between their education and their morals.
Visit CutOutDissection.com to learn how PETA can help you get dissection
alternatives implemented in schools near you.
Written by PETA
fans flocked to India's first-ever Formula 1 race this weekend, they saw PETA India's sexy
"pit crew girls," who urged Grand Prix attendees to rev their own engines
by jettisoning the meat and
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Written by Michelle Sherrow
the Indian festival of Diwali, people traditionally share
sweets and snacks with family members and friends, so it only makes sense that staffers
with Animal Rahat, a working-animal relief program
in India supported by PETA, would mark the festival of lights by paying a visit
to Animal Rahat's sanctuary for retired bullocks in Sangli to share some treats
with their friends there.
staffers also cleaned and groomed the animals and gave them much-appreciated
massages, as well as performing the traditional Hindu rituals associated with
the holiday. In the photos below, you can see some of the animals in their
holiday finery, enjoying their "prasad" (offerings to the goddess
Lakshmi—in this case, a tasty banana).
bullocks also enjoyed a special meal of green grass and molasses (an extra special treat), and the resident dogs dined on a holiday feast of rice and
out more about Animal Rahat's vital work to provide veterinary care, rest,
nutrition, shelter, aid, and retirement to working animals in India at AnimalRahat.com. Please also consider making a donation today to become a supporter of the Animal Rahat program.
As Lady Gaga
heads to India to perform at the Formula One closing party, PETA India has an
idea for her next statement outfit: a dress made of lettuce leaves.
Considering meat's monstrous impact on
and the environment
as well as the plight of animals who are dismembered
for food while still conscious, PETA India asked Mother Monster to show her fans that even just
reducing the amount of meat they eat (or wear) can help.
Will Lady Gaga step into the leaf dress
and discover that she was born the herbivore way? We'll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, you can use these
to cook up some meatless dishes that you'll go gaga for.
I thought living downwind of the reeking refineries in east
Houston reflected badly on the oil industry, but that's just a mere annoyance
compared to the
suffering of bulls at the hands of oil companies in India.
That's why one of our friends from PETA India took over the stage at the Oil and Gas Review
Summit and International Exhibition in Mumbai to urge India's wealthy oil biz
leaders to replace carts
drawn by bulls with modern, non-animal forms of transport. The PETA India staffer was dragged out of the conference—chanting "Shame!"
Let's hope that she opened some eyes
(and hearts). Most of the bulls used to transport fuel from oil ports to
rationing stations in Mumbai are underfed and malnourished and kept in filthy
conditions, and many suffer from chronic inflammation, maggot-infested wounds, infections, or intestinal
problems. They are forced to work until they are exhausted, pulling
heavy loads through all weather extremes.
To learn how you can help end these bullocks' suffering, see
PETA India's action
alert and please make a donation to Animal Rahat, which was created to make a difference in the lives of working bullocks, donkeys, ponies and horses.
Exciting news out of Chennai, where the Animal Welfare Board
of India has banned the use of glue traps
to snare and (miserably) kill mice and rats, declaring, "Available
evidence clearly suggests that the use of glue traps causes unnecessary pain
and suffering to the rodents and is against the spirit of the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act ...."
PETA's cruelty caseworkers can offer plenty of evidence of
the "unnecessary pain and suffering" caused by glue traps—and not
just to rodents. For instance, a recent call concerned a bird who had become helplessly
mired in a restaurant's glue trap.
You'll be glad to know that things worked out OK for this
little guy, whom we arranged to be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator,
but for far too many animals, glue traps mean days of suffering before death by starvation, dehydration,
exhaustion, or shock. In addition to being cruel, glue traps also spread
diseases, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends
not using them.
The other good news to come out of this case is that the
restaurant has seen the light and will no longer use glue traps. Still, a lot
of folks could stand to follow the example of these restaurateurs (and India)
by detaching themselves from pans of pain.
If you see anyone using glue traps, or if you'd like to see
a glue-trap ban in your community, don't be shy—speak up!
And if you have rats or mice visiting your business or home, learn to live peacefully and kindly
with our smart and resourceful rodent neighbors.
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