PETA vs Indian Tradition

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – PETA is a nonprofit organisation. It’s an American animal rights organisation with its headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia and led by Ingrid Newkirk, its International president. It was founded on March 1980 by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco. Its motto is “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”.

PETA Headquarters, Norfolk

PETA opposes any kind of cruelty against animals be it in the food, clothing, entertainment or research subjects. It has done a lot of investigation work against the animal abuse, protest, campaign and other things related to animal exploitation. PETA is one of the biggest names when it comes to animal welfare but not without controversy.

Let’s have a look into some of the controversies of PETA

  • The percentages at which they euthanized or kill the animals are 81 -90 % and even more.
  • In the state of Virginia, where the headquarters of PETA is situated, there is a bill against the PETA sheltering the animals as the euthanized rate of animals is very high in their shelters.
  • They use cheap  stunts to promote to get publicity for their cause is well known .Some of their video ads, is being banned because of this reason. For details click here.
  • They use many actors for the support of their cause but some of these actors are seen just doing exactly opposite.
  • Even the children are being targeted with the inappropriate ads to advocate their cause.

In a country like India, where we have different religions, varieties of traditions and festivals, there are places where they worship animals as God in such a country PETA is  trying to stop the century old traditions. These traditions are not just celebrated for the delight of the festival. But there are many underline reasons behind it, which they are not ready to understand or accept. Instead of stopping and fighting against it, PETA should understand the people’s sentiments, culture and the greater cause behind it. Therefore instead of putting a full stop or terminating any tradition abruptly, they should regulate their firm action if there is any cruelty against the animal.

In our previous post, the Jallikattu one of the traditional game of Tamil Nadu, we had discussed where person have to catch the hump of the bull and ride for certain distance or time.  PETA is against it and there are trying to stop it completely, which has created a lot of unnecessary chaos in Tamil Nadu. Instead of completely stopping something, which is a century old tradition it is always better to regulate it with rules so that the animals doesn’t have to go through the meanness .Thus tradition also follows in a much better and preferable way without causing harm to the animals. Most of the tradition in India does have a deeper significance than just a festival so whenever a tradition being made to stop, then they should be in a position to clearly understand its real purpose.

Protest in Marina beach


 PETA as we all known that it’s an organization which has is originated outside India, where the tradition, culture and everything is entirely different from India. Therefore it will be difficult from their end to understand the sentiments, the real purpose behind it. PETA is very famous for their investigative works, so they should use it to understand and analyze the impact it would have.

 Cruelty of animals is not something which I stand for or I appreciate, but we are living in a world where animals, birds, trees, water, human being all co-exists. In a matter of fact, everything is connected one way or the other. In the present world human being are dominant than any other species so it is our duty to safeguard the other.

This tradition is also one way of preserving these species. When we take the case of the bull, it is being used for farming, as a cart, for studs other than these it doesn’t serve much purpose.  Due to increase in development in the field of agriculture, now for farming they are using tractors, bull cart has been replaced by vehicles and now only purpose of bull which is remaining is for the stud. For that we don’t need many bulls so the number of bulls will reduce considerably. Presumably one point of time, it will be listed in the extinct list of the Red Data Book. This is also another reason behind conducting Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, Kambala in Karnataka, Bull cart in Maharashtra etc. This is the case with other animals as well.

Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu

Kambala in Karnataka

Bull Cart in Maharashtra

Similarly, there are much more incidents, we can see against PETA which has created a dilemma in the minds of the public. Thus several questions are arisen to voice against their purpose.

Whether they are the right people to fight against the cruelty of animals?

Are they doing the justice to the animals as the euthanized rate is so high?

The promotional stunts they use to achieve their goal, does it actually justify?  

Moreover we should understand the present life style and thing around us; we always need a balance in our ecosystem. As we know that we human being have destroyed it to a maximum level and still continuing. Atleast to save something for our future generation, we need this tradition to carry on with some protective regulation that will safeguard our animals and not giving a full stop.



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