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March 19, 2010
My Recent Trip to India

I was in India not long ago, visiting PETA's Indian affiliate, a trek that filled me with emotions ranging from desperation to hope. There is abuse everywhere you look, if you aren't on one of those tours for highly sheltered, rich tourists.

One moment we were screeching to a halt to stop boys from tormenting a lizard (during that escapade, I got cow dung all over my shoe and then tracked it through a hotel's gloriously ornate lobby before I realized it); the next we were unhitching a pony--with great difficulty--who was practically crawling on the ground under a heavy cart yoke meant for a bull (although bulls suffer from their use too).

I thought I would share this with you so that you can catch a glimpse of what life is like for so many animals in India.

We rescued this paralyzed little angel who had been left tied by a string to a fence and had no use of his hind legs, which you can see just dangle uselessly behind him. He was so very thirsty in the heat. He was only a baby but had the soul of an old man--so wise and brave.

This photo is of a desperately starving, mange-covered mother dog we found by the side of the road, wild as a March hare. We finally managed to lure her with biscuits and get a net over her. In India, Ivermectin is often used successfully to treat mange.

This dear dog was awaiting sterilization: Dogcatchers had tossed her onto their truck via a wire noose around her neck, causing the injuries that you see on her face. We filed a complaint with the authorities about this abusive handling, and PETA India is following up.

This photo is of two hard-pressed sugarcane bullocks, who are forced to pull carts loaded with up to 3 tons of cane, plus the owner and his family. One bullock displays a typical neck wound (yoke gall) caused by the wooden yoke that he must bear on his hump, and all the bullocks suffer from extreme exhaustion, some from lameness. Animal Rahat, which PETA supports, pays cart owners to rest injured animals, and we are heavily involved at the sugarcane factory now because it is the season for cane-cutting. You can keep up to date and help with Animal Rahat's work by joining and donating to the Animal Rahat Cause on Facebook.

This mangy little sweetheart was living in a drainage ditch amid filth until we happened along and plucked her out.

Here you see some of the emaciated bullocks who are forced to pull tanks of oil without rest or water all day, a practice that PETA India is working hard to stop. We want the bullocks replaced with auto rickshaws.

The above are just a few examples of the thousands of individual animals in India who are in desperate need of help. You can help them by making a contribution to PETA India.

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Dr. Ankita Pandya says …
March 22, 2010 01:24 PM

'the true character of a society can be known by the way it treats its animals.' being indian i can tell u honestly that indians' attitudes towards animals sucks! :( makes me ashamed to be associated with such culture. Its such a contradiction in the land of gandhi n the hindu religion. I wish peta intensifies its activities here. I dont know how many ages it will take to change peoples attitudes here :(

Patricia Mesquita says …
March 22, 2010 01:39 PM

Dear Ms Newkirk,

I live in S�o Paulo, Brazil. It would be great to have Peta working here.

Do you have any projects in my country?

Thank you so much for all you do for the animals.

Claudia Lima says …
March 22, 2010 02:44 PM

That's really very sad. I feel sick and hopeless when I see that things.
I really hope you guys can help them and make a difference in their lives.

Carmen Hoffmann says …
March 22, 2010 03:13 PM

this is so sad, i can't stop crying.
please to someting for the beautiful animals. they are our children. we are all one.
please STOP this behavior!!!

Fabianne says …
March 23, 2010 07:49 AM

I hope things change SOOOON for the ♥ Animals ♥ in India

DC says …
March 23, 2010 11:31 AM

For all of the good things you have done and continue to do each day for the animals, may God Bless You, Ingrid Newkirk.
Your friend,

Nirupama says …
March 31, 2010 04:50 PM

Hi Ms.Newkirk,

I am an Indian and do not agree with the statement about "I thought I would share this with you so that you can catch a glimpse of what life is like for so many animals in India." and then showing only animals which are ill treated.Do not take me wrong. I am a big fan of PETA and am very grateful that PETA has become increasingly active in India. We are in much need of it. But in the process please do not forget that animals need human beings. Ours is a country where still humans and animals are dependent on each other for a living. And everybody has to make a living. whether for their children,ailing family members or just a better life. Stopping animals from being used to pull carts will put a big burden on the families that they serve and probably force several ill minded people to sell their animals for their skin and meat. Instead why not advice and monitor the use of these animals to make sure that they are treated well and are not overburdened with weight. And if you have seen animals being neglected in my country please also note that there are several people poor and rich who adopt several street dogs and feed them whatever little or much they can. Animals are still considered and treated to be sacred and part of the family by several people educated or not.And more importantly I believe my country still has a large number of people who are conscious of animal rights and do what is right by them while compared to a lot of other countries . There is a lot to be adapted from the society and a whole lot more that can be removed too. I would pick an animal over a human being anyday but also understand that we need each other. And more importantly I think it is wrong of us to ask PETA take whole responsibility for the welfare of animals. It is each one of ours responsibility and thats the way it will work best. There is a lot that can be done for the welfare of animals by each one of us if only we want to.

MuleKist says …
April 19, 2010 01:21 PM

I looked all over PETAs website for an email contact but none to be found so I just want to get this important info out;
"Concern Worldwide," an otherwise worthy humanitarian org, PROMOTING THE SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS on its website;

Thought you might like to know.

Together WE CAN make a difference!

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August 23, 2010 02:33 PM

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Pokerspiel says …
September 20, 2010 01:00 PM

I always motivated by you, your views and way of thinking, again, appreciate for this nice post.

- Norman

Donna Bloomer says …
March 26, 2011 01:09 AM

Dear Ms. Newkirk,
I appreciate the kindness you showed the animals, particularly the dogs, on your recent trip to India. I must say I'm surprised that you felt their lives were worth saving, considering their disabling conditions and illnesses. I believe it's past time for PETA-US to show the same kindness to homeless companion animals that you have shown in India. A new era of cooperation between shelters and rescue groups is dawning. It is the No-Kill Revolution, and I believe PETA will be a part of that revolution in future. That can only happen if you admit to and forsake your history of wholesale killing of homeless companion animals.
Yours for a No-Kill Nation,
Donna Bloomer
Wilmington, NC

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