Singer Zubeen Garg to receive PETA award
Guwahati, May 31 : Singer Zubeen Garg will be honored with the “Hero to Animals” Award by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India for his recent call to end animal sacrifice at the Kamakhya Temple in Assam.
Zubeen had expressed his anguish over the ritual of animal sacrifice and called for an end to the practice while performing a Bihu function near the temple recently.
The priests at the Kamakhya Temple later criticized Zubeen for his statement and demanded an apology from him at the earliest.
The popular singer, songwriter, lyricist, director, producer and actor of Assam, however, did not apologize saying that it was his “personal belief and he can not tolerate cruelty to animals”.
“All religions call for compassion, no religion requires killing or eating animals, and hacking animals with weapons is simply cruel,” said Sachin Bangera, Associate Director of PETA India.
“We congratulate Zubeen on being a voice for animals and calling for an end to animal sacrifices,” he said.
Last year, as a result of various efforts by PETA India and People for Animals, Kullu City Council issued a decree refusing to allow animal sacrifices to be held on the last day of the Kullu Dussehra Festival. .
Other recipients of PETA India’s “Hero to Animals” prize include Asin, Zarine Khan, Rani Mukerji, Sadaa Sayed and Shilpa Shetty among others.