Animals are a man's best friend but time and again they have
been exploited mercilessly by us, Homo sapiens, for our own greedy
needs. The organization PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of
Animals) was founded in
1980 which follows the motto "Animals are not ours to eat, wear
or use for entertainment". This week BollyCurry brings to you a list of
Bollywood celebrities who support this charitable cause.
Going vegan is the latest trend and a few of our
Bollywood celebs have embraced the humane diet. Mallika Sherawat,
Jacqueline Fernandes, Kareena Kapoor
, Hema Malini
, Amitabh Bachchan
Kapoor have all given up on ingesting meat. Vivek Oberoi decided to
become vegetarian after watching a video on the violent death of animals
in slaughter houses. Vidya
Balan also believes that abstaining from meat has helped her lose
, a loyal PETA activist, has raised his voice
on various instances. His letters to the ministry to ban the use of bulls as
entertainment for jallikattu
(the Indian version of bull fighting), and the inhumane
conditions the dancing monkeys of Mumbai are subjected to are just two examples. He has also
appealed to the ministry to ban animals performing in circuses and campaigned against
keeping birds in cages. Abraham has also appeared in various print ads for the
cause he strongly believes in.
Testing cosmetics on animals and their ingredients has now been put
to an end after the intense campaign by PETA and actors Dia Mirza
Fernandes, Neha Dhupia
and R. Madhavan, who have showed their support and appreciation via Twitter.
During the release of Joker
Chitrangda Singh also posed with the aliens from the movie to lend her
support on the campaign which protested the ban of testing of cosmetics
The Wills India Fashion Week 2012 saw Mahima
Choudhary and Gulshan Grover
wearing vegan animal print designs on its first day. The late Jiah Khan
had posed in an ad wearing a leopard print suit whilst caged. Lauren Gottlieb, who
burnt the screen with her dance moves, appeared in an ad to ban circuses where
she was chained with a two metre high life like elephant. She held a card which
encouraged people to unchain elephants.
Blue eyed beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
had written a letter on
behalf of PETA when
she had heard an endangered black rhino was sold for canned hunting in
South Africa. This successfully resulted in the tame rhino being
released and spending her last few days in a sanctuary. PETA have also
asked her and Abhishek Bachchan
to campaign against the cruelty of birds
in a letter.
Other celebrities who deserve a mention are Madhuri Dixit Nene
who rescued seven pups on the Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
sets, Raveena Tandon who adopted two of
them and also appeared in an ad campaign to do the same, and Trisha who appealed
to the mayor of Chennai to stop the imprisonment of 30,000 street dogs in a pound.
BollyCurry honours the
contribution of our celebrities and encourages its readers to support the same
in any way they can; adopt an animal instead of buying, do not buy that leather
bag, belt, wallet or those shoes you set your eyes on. Your support will definitely
go a long way.
Writer: Vibha B.
Editors: Shreya S. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Virina R.