PETA wants postal stamp on vegetarianism
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 17:11
New Delhi: With World Vegetarian Day (Oct 1) and Gandhi Jayanti just around the corner, an animal rights organisation here has applied for a stamp to promote vegetarianism.

The India arm of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent an application to the philately division of the Department of Posts to issue the stamp with the caption 'Vegetarian India'.

The design for the Rs 5 value stamp they have proposed contains colours of the national flag, with green symbolising vegetarianism. The top portion contains three sets of two leaves, with each pair comprising one light and one dark green coloured leaf.

In a letter accompanying the application for the proposed stamp, PETA India points out that the country is considered by many to be the birthplace of vegetarianism. It further claims that adopting a vegetarian diet is the best way to protect one's health, animals and the environment.

PETA India campaign coordinator and nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta says, "Vegetarianism is catching on in countries around the world, and Indians should be proud that it all started right here.

"This stamp would remind people that they can help stop animal abuse, slow the production of gases that cause climate change and keep themselves fit by turning vegetarian."

PETA India had aldo recently released "Glass walls", a video expose of the Indian meat, egg and dairy industries.

Apart from street demonstrations and college events to spread vegetarianism, the body is also planning to propose the idea of an annual national meat free day to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


First Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 17:11

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