In time for Children`s Day (November 14), a Compassionate Kid Award is on the way from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to 13-year-old Anya Kunder, daughter of celebrated Bollywood filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan Kunder, in recognition of her work to help homeless animals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Community animals are dependent on restaurant waste and handouts, as a result many struggled on the streets during the lockdowns. So, Anya came to their rescue by sketching the animal companions of celebrities in exchange for a Rs 1,000 donation. She raised Rs 4 lakh for numerous animal welfare charities, including PETA India.
Anya also helped feed community animals on Mumbai University`s Kalina campus and joined her mother in encouraging people to help these animals by giving them food, water, affection and veterinary care. The duo even adopted Indian dogs `Gulab` and `Jamun`.
“At just 13, Anya has made a tremendous impact for vulnerable community dogs,” PETA India`s Associate Director of Education and Youth Outreach Puja Mahajan said. “This Children`s Day, PETA India celebrates her for giving people of all ages a lesson in practising kindness to animals.”
PETA India has been encouraging schools to teach students to follow Anya`s lead. Its Compassionate Citizen programme is designed for students between the ages of 8 and 12, and has been used by more than 1.9 lakh schools, reaching out to approximately 89.8 million children across India.
The programme includes a teacher`s guide, a colouring sheet, a kindness pledge that children can sign, a full-colour wall poster, an engaging 23-minute video, and an insert listing easy ways teachers and schools can encourage students to help animals.
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