At a special event in Delhi last night, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India presented awards to four individuals and companies that have pushed animal rights forward.
* Delhi Minister of Food Supplies, Environment & Forest and Elections Imran Hussain received a Hero to Animals Award for saving the lives of humans and animals by banning all forms of manja kite-flying strings made of cotton thread laced with sharp materials throughout the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
* Purvi Doshi received a Compassionate Designer Award for using only handwoven fabrics made from plants and never leather, silk, or other animal-derived materials.
* Corkiza received an Innovative Fashion Award for developing stylish bags and wallets using sustainable cork fabric.
* Nutriva received an Innovation in Food Award for creating Peanut Buttermilk+, the world’s first non-dairy buttermilk, made from cultured peanuts and spices.
“PETA India is proud to honour the leaders in government policy, fashion, and food who are making the world a better place for animals,” says PETA India Corporate Liaison Zarna Thakkar. “Each new kind policy, leather-free accessory, and dairy alternative moves our society towards a kinder, vegan future.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, or abuse in any other way” notes that the year before manja was banned in Delhi, four humans, including two 3-year-old children, were killed by the sharp strings.
Thousands of birds also die every year when they’re cut or trapped by the material, which can get caught on trees or buildings and remain there for weeks. A 10 January 2017 Gazette notification from the Delhi government banned the sale, production, storage, supply, import, and use of all forms of manja, and in August 2018, Delhi policed seized nearly 100 kilograms of the strings from various shops.
Choosing vegan clothing and accessories prevents cows, buffaloes, and other animals from being crammed into vehicles so tightly that their bones break. At the slaughterhouse, their throats are cut in full view of other animals, and many are dismembered and skinned while they’re still conscious.
Opting for dairy alternatives protects cows from being crudely artificially inseminated that is, raped on dairy farms, where their calves are torn away from them so that humans can steal the milk nature intended for their babies.
Previous recipients of PETA India’s Hero to Animals Award include Shilpa Shetty, for her exemplary work, which includes speaking out against the cruelty of circuses, adopting a stray kitten, and signing a petition asking the government to uphold the ban on jallikattu, bull races, and bullfights; Zareen Khan, for rescuing a cat from the streets; Cyrus Broacha, for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Rani Mukerji, for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Asin, for saving a dog who was hit by a car; Imran Khan, for stopping a dog trainer who was smacking a dog on a film set; Sadaa Sayed, for helping a puppy who had just missed being hit by a car during a rainstorm; and Dia Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.>