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T R Srinath, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The recent protest by Tamilians against People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, is a lesson to all Indians. The fight is not only for Jallikattu. It’s to save the Tamil heritage. The mass assembly of people at the Marina beach was a show of strength against NGOs like PETA which exploit the loopholes in the Indian legal system to destroy the cultural legacy of India.
PETA is a US based NGO that campaigns for ‘Animal Welfare’ worldwide. But how can it conveniently ignore the fact that US is the second largest consumer of meat in the whole world? Since when is bull-killing okay but not bull-taming? Is it not PETA which should have campaigned for beef-ban instead of RSS?
PETA also accuses Keralites for using elephants for temple rituals. Pooram, a traditional temple ritual, uses elephants to take the deity for procession in the town. Even in their wildest dreams, the Malayalis cannot imagine God’s own country without elephants around. Instead of targeting the customs and rituals, where animals are in fact revered and worshiped, PETA should have rather looked into the fact that India is the largest exporter of meat in the world. I often wonder whether PETA is a synonym for hypocrisy!
Also, it’s worth noting that the biggest cause of global warming is not the industrial pollution- but the exhale and flatulence of animals reared for food! Cattle and poultry farming is the second biggest cause of CO2 emissions. So, here is my open challenge to PETA- Can you turn the whole world vegetarian? Not only can you save the animals, you can save the world!!!