PETA raps Navjot Sidhu for using animals for protest

June 27th, 2008 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, June 27 (IANS) The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Friday objected to Bharatiya Janata Party MP and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu using animals, “who hold no political position”, to protest rising inflation. The MP had used horses and an elephant to protest against the government on the issues of rising inflation and fuel price hike Monday.

In a letter to Sidhu, the chief functionary of of the animal rights group, Anuradha Sawhney, has said PETA activists and animal lovers were upset with his protest in which he used animals to drive home his point.

“PETA loves a good protest better than a Bollywood actress loves the red carpet, but there is no need to force animals - who hold no political position - to participate,” the letter said.

Taking up the case of the animals, PETA pointed out that the horses and elephant used in his protest would have been frightened and confused in the action initiated by the police to disperse the protesters.

“Imagine going through what you did - being charged by police wielding batons, hit by water cannons, and surrounded by screaming people - but not having any understanding of what is happening or why,” the PETA letter said.

The protesters, led by Sidhu, had to face a mild baton charge and streaming water cannons aimed by the police as they tried to take their protest from the Sector 16 cricket stadium here to the governor’s residence.

PETA has urged Sidhu to be more careful and concerned about animals in future and not to use them for political events.

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