Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Gift from PETA India Is… A 1-Ton Bull!

Animal Charity Names Rescued Bull in Couple's Honor

For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

London – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are sure to receive a wide variety of wedding gifts, but PETA India’s may be the most unique. An Indian bull who was found weak and injured, likely after a lifetime of being forced to toil in the hot sun pulling a heavy cart, has been adopted by the group on behalf of the happy couple and named Merrya hybrid of the names Meghan and Harryin their honor. He’ll spend the rest of his days relaxing in peace at a sanctuary in Maharashtra, India. A photo of the bull can be seen here.

“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now have a 1-ton bull to call their own. Rescuing Merry is an ideal wedding present for a couple who want their big day to be celebrated with charitable works and contributions,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “The royal wedding is the perfect time for anyone to spare a thought for and show some love to all our fellow living, feeling beings.”

Merry was found alone and suffering from a deep wound on his neck. It has been treated and has completely healed, and he’s found a best friend, another bullock, named Barshya, who was also recently rescued.

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