Updates From the Field
Horse Impaled on Fence (August 3, 2023)
PETA India filed a complaint with the Kolkata police after a 2-year-old horse became impaled on a fence at the Maidan, reportedly as he was trying to access food, sustaining a large wound to his stomach, through which his intestines spilled out.
In the complaint, PETA India details that after learning of the injury, Radhika Bose, head of the CAPE Foundation, contacted the West Bengal Animal Resources Development Department (ARDD) and the police seeking their urgent assistance. Officers directed that the horse be taken to Belgachia Veterinary Hospital, as no ARDD veterinarian came forward to treat the horse on site. Accordingly, the horse was loaded onto a truck and transported to the hospital (which is about 10 kilometers away from the site of the incident) without being given any sedatives, worsening his condition and causing him extreme suffering.
The Great Big Move of 2023 for Animal Rahat (July 11, 2023)
Global Compassion Fund–supported Animal Rahat needs all the help it can get to relocate some 200 animals in India after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that the land its sister sanctuary is located on must become part of a protected elephant corridor. The group has just a few weeks to relocate the animals safely and arrange for their care at new locations—all in the middle of monsoon season!
Record-Breaking Number of Animals Sterilized at Field Clinic (July 1, 2023)
Teams in the Philippines sterilized an impressive total of 407 dogs and cats at a recent field clinic, breaking their record for the number of animals helped at a single event. And an extra veterinarian joined them, expanding their reach.
Cats in Syria Get an Improved Shelter (June 21, 2023)
Supplying resources to help animals in war-torn Syria is no easy feat. Recently, tenacious teams guided shelter workers in improving the roofing over an area for rescued cats with materials obtained thanks to support from PETA’s Global Compassion Fund.
Herd of ‘Camels’ Protest Against Animal Abuse in Egypt (June 12, 2023)
Over a dozen PETA Asia supporters wearing giant camel masks brandished signs outside the Egyptian embassy in Manila proclaiming, “Ban cruel animal rides now!” to urge the Egyptian government to prohibit the use of horses and camels for transporting tourists at the pyramids of Giza.
Newly released footage from PETA Asia shows that camels used for tourist rides are routinely beaten and bound at Egypt’s notorious Birqash Camel Market, and the group has shared multiple videos of the abuse with the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The ministry previously pledged to ban the use of horses at tourist sites and replace them with electric carts, but it has failed to keep its promise.
All Animals Seized From the Karur Latha Circus (May 16, 2023)
Following a complaint from PETA India, authorities seized a camel, a pony, three dogs, a baby bonnet macaque, and a goat who were suffering from neglected wounds. Global Compassion Fund donors helped PETA India arrange for them to go to permanent sanctuary homes that are equipped to help them recover from the trauma of their horrid life in the circus.
Help for Animals in Afghanistan Powered by the Global Compassion Fund (May 2, 2023)
An animal clinic in Afghanistan was able to provide more animals in need with emergency relief, routine care, shelter, and adoption, thanks to a generous grant from PETA’s Global Compassion Fund. The clinic’s team—including veterinarians, assistants, and veterinary technicians—used this vital support to perform spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations, deliver food for homeless animals, and more. The more than 70 cats in their care are having a catastic time perching on their new cat trees and wall fixtures while they wait to be adopted!
Team Revisits Cyclone-Hit Area for Spay/Neuter Clinic (April 26, 2023)
A team of animal advocates supported by PETA’s Global Compassion Fund was back in northern Peru after Cyclone Yaku, which had devastated the area, to host a high-volume spay/neuter clinic for the many homeless dogs and cats in the community. The team was able to help 250 animals and is planning its next low-cost clinic in Lima, another impoverished area.
PETA Germany Receives Animal Protection Award for Its Work in Ukraine (April 25, 2023)
A PETA Germany team’s many deliveries of food for dogs, cats, horses, and other animals since the beginning of the war in Ukraine have saved countless lives—especially during the harsh winter months. To recognize the team’s determination and grit while orchestrating a steady supply of food each month, UAnimals and Humanna Kraina honored the group with this year’s All-Ukrainian Animal Protection Award.
A Team in Peru Helps Animal Victims of Cyclone Yaku (March 23, 2023)
A Global Compassion Fund–backed team in Peru provided food and clean water to about 200 animals after a cyclone destroyed homes in northern Peru. A veterinarian on the team vaccinated the animals and provided topical flea and tick medications.
PETA Honors Uganda’s First Vegan School (March 6, 2023)
Students at Atlas Vegan Community School, Uganda’s first all-vegan primary school, are learning important lessons about how to be kind to animals. The school serves plant-powered meals, too! In recognition, TeachKind, PETA’s humane education division, sent it a Compassionate School Award, a generous monetary contribution from PETA’s Global Compassion Fund, and a box of educational supplies.
Spay-a-Thons: Making Great Change in Peru (March 17, 2023)
It’s time to celebrate! More than 100 dogs and cats were recently sterilized in Peru, thanks to a committed group of animal advocates in Lima supported by PETA’s Global Compassion Fund.
They’ve been operating volunteer-run clinics serving low-income neighborhoods since 2014. It’s an enormous task, but their team has already made huge inroads, spaying or neutering 1,300 animals to date. More low-cost/free clinics are coming up soon. Read more about this team here.
Kerala Temple Celebrated ‘Nadayiruthal’ of Lifelike Mechanical Elephant gifted by PETA India (February 27, 2023)
Following Irinjadappilly Sree Krishna Temple’s compassionate pledge to never keep or hire live elephants or any other animals for rituals, festivities, or any other purpose, PETA India gifted an astonishing lifelike mechanical or “robotic” elephant, lovingly named Irinjadappilly Raman, who will now help conduct ceremonies at the temple in a safe and cruelty-free manner.
Read more about the elephant here.
No More Concrete: PETA Helped Simon Find a New ‘Leash’ on Life in Mexico (January 27, 2023)
With support from PETA’s Global Compassion Fund, fieldworkers returned to Mexico this week for another spay-a-thon to help combat the Cancún area’s massive companion animal overpopulation crisis, but that’s not all!
After meeting up with a local partner shelter, fieldworkers put their expertise to work for dogs in desperate need of care, shelter, and a bit of affection. The team has spent the past several days helping dogs like Simon, whom they found confined to a concrete slab by a short, heavy chain. Read more about Simon here.
PETA Helps Romania (December 31, 2022)
In Romania, where the country’s overwhelming homeless-animal crisis puts the lives of thousands of dogs and cats at risk, PETA Germany and its partner Eduxanima are running a massive program to help them, reaching more than 7,500 animals during the last year alone! The PETA Helps Romania program provides free spay/neuter surgeries, lifesaving operations and treatments, sturdy doghouses, free veterinary care, and more. It’s also tackling the crisis through humane education in Romanian schools and working with lawmakers to create public policy to better protect animals. Want to follow along with PETA Helps Romania’s work? You can check it out here.
The Spay/Neuter Event in Cancún Had Some Pawsome Vistors (November 30, 2022)
More than 170 dogs and cats won’t be contributing to Mexico’s deadly homeless-animal overpopulation crisis, thanks to a massively successful two-day spay/neuter event hosted by PETA Latino in Cancún. The Spay-a-Thon took place in the neighborhood of Colonia El Pedregal at a local elementary school and was the fourth of six clinics PETA Latino has organized in the area this year. Read more about it here.
Animals Seized From Ajanta Circus After PETA India Complaint (October 24, 2022)
Ranchi police raided the circus, seized several animals, and registered a first information report against its proprietor. The animals seized in the raid – three adult spitz dogs, three puppies, and a brown stallion – are being examined for health issues and will be rehabilitated by PETA India. Read more about it here.
PETA Asia Helps Animals After Typhoon Noru Devastates the Philippines (September 28, 2022)
The moment PETA Asia rescuers could safely reach the area, they began looking for wounded animals. The team members then turned their focus to ensuring that those who had survived wouldn’t go hungry while waiting for power to be restored and stores to reopen. Many animal guardians were very grateful for the food PETA Asia distributed, including 175 pounds of cat food and 440 pounds of dog food. The team also treated several animals suffering from mange and other maladies. Read more about it here.
PETA India’s Compassionate Citizen Program Adapted for Schools in Islamabad (September 20, 2022)
In an initiative for animal rights, PETA met with head of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s Strategic Reforms Unit, Salman Sufi, who later announced a forthcoming humane education course that will be added to Islamabad’s school curriculum. Read more about it here.
In related news, when Pakistan was recently impacted by deadly floods, the Global Compassion Fund sent aid to an animal shelter there dedicated to improving the lives of animals.
PETA India Brings New Victorian-Style E-Carriage to Kolkata to Replace Horses Used to Haul Tourists (July 28, 2022)
PETA India and partners the CAPE Foundation displayed a new Victorian-style e-carriage that could replace Kolkata’s horse-drawn vehicles as Mumbai has already done. Read more about it here.
Spay-a-Thons in the Philippines Reach Over 500 Companion Animals! (July 22, 2022)
PETA Asia and its partners have resumed hosting spay-a-thons across the Philippines now that pandemic restrictions have been lifted. At two recent events, the team sterilized and vaccinated a total of more than 500 animals in Cainta and Malibay. Teams are setting up field clinics each month, reaching indigent communities across the country.
Visitors to the Greek Island of Santorini Won’t Miss These! (July 7, 2022)
Animals in Santorini are still being exploited for “tourist attractions.” Check out these ads plastered on busses, trains, and taxis! Want to help? Take action and tell the Greek minister of agriculture to please ban cruel donkey and mule rides on Santorini!
PETA’s Rescue Team Returns to Puerto Rico (June 29, 2022)
Five years after PETA’s Animal Rescue Team rushed to help the island’s overwhelmed animal shelters after being devastated by Hurricane Maria, the team has returned to help shelters once again! They are on site right now and have been assisting shelters in Cabo Rojo and Vieques—spending most of their time working with the animal rescue Santuario de Animales San Francisco de Asís. Read more about it here.
‘Frisky Feline’ Sofía Sisniega Leads Spay-a-Thon for Cats in Cancún (April 4, 2022)
PETA Latino headed back to Mexico over the weekend and joined forces with Cancún municipal animal shelter Dirección de Protección y Bienestar Animal and actor Sofía Sisniega for a spay-a-thon to help nip “kitten season” in the bud. Read more about the successful event here.
Help During Unprecedented Flooding in Australia (March 1, 2022)
As tens of thousands of people in New South Wales are evacuating their homes during that state’s worst flooding in more than a decade, PETA’s Global Compassion Fund is helping a local shelter that has partnered with PETA Australia to rescue animals from the disaster.
PETA Latino Shares the Love With Dogs in Cancún on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2022)
PETA Latino spayed or neutered 217 lucky dogs in Cancún on Valentine’s Day, helping to reduce the number of homeless companion animals. PETA Latino sponsored the event on February 14 and 15 in honor of actor Kate del Castillo’s work to combat companion animal overpopulation. Now, that’s true love!
Lifesaving Care Given by PETA in Chichimilá, Mexico (November, 2021) PETA staff and a talented team of veterinarians made their way to Chichimilá, Mexico, with a mission: to help nip the homeless-animal crisis in the bud. The crew, supported by a generous donation from the Dancing Star Foundation, set up a temporary spay/neuter clinic and helped inform community members about the needs of their animal companions.
PETA Helps Animals Affected by Typhoon Rai (December 29, 2021) In the wake of Typhoon Rai (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Odette), PETA has been sending supplies to Bohol Animal Rescue & Kindness (BARK), which is distributing pet food on the island and rescuing animals in need of help. Another shipment of supplies from PETA will soon be sent to another rescue group in Cebu.
Promoting Vegan Eating in Estonia (August 14, 2021) With the support of PETA’s Global Compassion Fund, animal rights activists distributed delicious, free vegan food at a market in Viljandi, Estonia, to encourage shoppers to embrace animal-friendly eating. The event helped dozens of people learn more about healthy vegan foods and garnered great coverage by local media outlets.
PETA India Uncovers Cruel Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Kolkata (August 1, 2021) Horses in Kolkata forced to haul carriages for tourists’ joy rides were discovered by PETA India to be severely malnourished and in need of urgent veterinary care. The report has been submitted to the West Bengal government for immediate intervention.
Curbing the Homeless Dog and Cat Crisis in Cancún, Mexico (August 6, 2021) Earlier this year, with the help of the city government, we sponsored a hugely popular, free spay/neuter event, sterilizing 136 dogs and 64 cats in just two days—and now we’re back to help again. The municipal animal shelter, Dirección de Protección y Bienestar Animal—along with the support of a PETA representative—held two smaller clinics in Cancún that provided 120 more cats and dogs with spay/neuter procedures, all free of charge.
Animal Rahat’s Vital Work for Victims of Unprecedented Flooding (August 3, 2021) Recent historic flooding across the state of Maharashtra has put many animals in peril. Hundreds have been unable to reach food, and there’s been no one to feed them, but right now, Animal Rahat—a PETA-supported organization—is on the scene, providing them with food and veterinary care. Click here to read more about their work.