PETA India Writes Letter To Sima Taparia About Use Of Animals, Wants ‘Indian Matchmaking’ To Adjust To Modern Times

Sima Taparia’s reality show, Indian Matchmaking has caught the attention of Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. Monica Chopra of Senior Media and Celebrity Projects Coordinator, has written an open letter to the showrunners and Sima Taparia about the use of animals in the show. The letter has urged the markers to refrain from using animals and explained the difficult conditions they are forced into.

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The letter begins with Monica Chopra asking the show runners to adjust to modern times. “I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, and our over two million members and supporters, to ask that you please ensure your show adjusts a little to modern times by ensuring a policy against the use of animals in any future series of Indian Matchmaking,” the letter read.

She also revealed that “PETA India has been inundated with complaints” by people who watched and loved the show for two seasons but “were upset by the use of animals in it”. The letter also mentioned that two episodes on the season 2 featured elephants and horses.

It added, “While human participants of the show are there by choice, elephants, horses or other animals used as wedding props would not be. Animals are not a good match for wedding festivities where there is loud music, crowds and firecrackers. In fact, having them as such events could prove lethal for guests.”

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The letter further explained that animals are separated from their mothers and family and forced to be part of “wedding processions by breaking them mentally and controlling them physically.” Animals are “constantly threatened with pain and violence to keep them afraid and compliant. Handlers also commonly whip horses into submission prior to events in order to force them to dance, perform, or endure crowds and loud noises.”

The letter ended with Chopra saying, “If the aim of Indian Matchmaking is to offer viewers an inside look at arranged marriages in the modern era, we hope you agree the show must also reflect the changing times by having a no-animals policy. May we please hear from you.”

Indian Matchmaking has received international recognition with an Emmy Nomination under the ‘Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program’ category. The show has also become one of the most talked about releases on Netflix.

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