May 13, 2009 10:10:11 pm
The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been named the largest animal rights group by Limca Book of Records. In their latest yearly issue,it tagged PETA as the organisation working for making a better place for animals to live.
PETA has recently shifted their national headquarters from Mumbai to Pune.
Commenting on the achievement,N G Jayasimha,campaign manager,PETA India said,”The recording body had contacted us regarding the matter and we provided them the information about our projects,initiatives and the animal rights activities that we have been conducting based on which they declared PETA the largest animal rights group in the world.”
Founded in 2000,PETA India is dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals. It operates under the principle that animals are not for us to eat,wear,experiment on or use for entertainment. PETA India’s animal protection work brings together members of the scientific,judicial and legislative communities to halt abusive practices.
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“What makes our activities effective is the involvement of activists from all the strata of the society. From animal rights programmes for schoolchildren to PETADishoom that involves college-goers and from involvement of common man to celebrities,we have been effectively using all the tools to generate and accelerate the animal rights movement,” added Jayasimha.
Some of the achievements of PETA India include,ending of deadly animal experiments at the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education,ban on the entry of elephants into the city of Mumbai,successful release of a baby crane into the wild,which had been confined to a Lucknow zoo,Rescue of 12 lions and tigers from the Grand National Circus,19 lions and tigers from Empire Circus,six tigers from the Olympic Circus,five lions from the Western Circus and seven lions,four tigers,one camel,two goats,three dogs,five turkeys and three geese from the Great Royal Circus and so on. PETA has helped rescue scores of other animals,which are now at rehabilitation centers and sanctuaries. “To be recognised by the Limca Book of Records is a great honour. The support and recognition that PETA India has garnered shows that people are ready to make this a kinder world for all beings,” said Anuradha Sawhney,chief functionary,PETA India.
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