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
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
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