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April 10, 2024

Actors Aindrita Ray and Diganth Manchale Join PETA India in Donating a Life-Size Mechanical Elephant to a Monastery

An ancient monastery in India recently received a major upgrade, thanks to PETA India and actors Aindrita Ray and Diganth Manchale, who presented the temple with a life-size mechanical elephant named Shiva. Get all the details on this wonderful news for elephants here.

Actors Aindrita Ray and Diganth Manchale Join PETA India in Donating a Life-Size Mechanical Elephant to a Monastery

March 20, 2024

Victory! 150th Animal Rescued From Hard Labor Through PETA India’s Delhi Mechanization Project

After recently mechanizing the Assam Timber Market in Nangloi, Delhi, so that it will no longer run on animal labor, PETA India celebrated the historic rescue of the 150th animal from a life of hard labor there during an event held today in Shahid Chandrashekhar Park, Delhi.

March 17, 2024

Lifelike Mechanical Robot the First of Its Kind in Kochi, India

PETA India and actor Priyamani donated a life-size mechanical elephant named Mahadevan to the Thrikkayil Mahadeva Temple in Kochi in recognition of the temple’s decision never to own or hire live elephants. Watch Mahadevan’s spectacular welcome!

February 8, 2024

Ellie Goes to Delhi!

Ellie is a marvel. This life-like animatronic elephant is on tour, visiting schools across Delhi to teach children the importance of kindness and empathy. Since her first tour in May 2023, Ellie has visited 66 international, private, public, and government-funded schools in 284 workshop sessions, reaching a whopping 58,440 young learners throughout India!

January 12, 2024

Gemini Circus Makes History as First in India to Introduce Robotic Animals, Awarded by PETA India

“Gemini Circus is doing the right thing by using technology instead of sad and confused animals to perform tricks,” says PETA India Deputy Director of Advocacy Projects Harshil Maheshwari. “PETA India thanks Gemini Circus for being the first in India to take this positive step, thereby refusing to cause suffering to animals. We encourage everyone to support circuses that feature non-animal technology and consenting human performers.”

August 3, 2023

Horse Impaled on Fence

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.

July 11, 2023

The Great Big Move of 2023 for Animal Rahat

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!

All Animals Seized From the Karur Latha Circus

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.

February 27, 2023

Kerala Temple Celebrated ‘Nadayiruthal’ of Lifelike Mechanical Elephant gifted by PETA India

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.

Animals Seized From Ajanta Circus After PETA India Complaint

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.

July 28, 2022

PETA India Brings New Victorian-Style E-Carriage to Kolkata to Replace Horses Used to Haul Tourists

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.

August 3, 2021

Animal Rahat’s Vital Work for Victims of Unprecedented Flooding

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.

Animal Rahat feeds starving dogs in the Raigad district after flooding cut off their food supply.
An Animal Rahat rescue worker carrying a dog to be sterilized.

August 1, 2021

PETA India Uncovers Cruel Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Kolkata

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.

Horses in Kolkata forced to haul carriages for tourists’ joy rides
Horses in Kolkata forced to haul carriages for tourists’ joy rides.
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