Russell Brand Given Wedding Bullock

For Immediate Release:
27 October 2010

Sandra Smiley 0207 359 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

London – Comedian, actor and longtime animal defender Russell Brand and his wife Katy Perry, have just received an unusual wedding gift from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Animal Rahat: a formerly oppressed and now liberated bullock has been named after Russell. (A photo of the bullock is attached) Brand – who gained fame as the presenter of the reality TV show Big Brother’s Big Mouth and scored a big hit in the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall – married American singer and actor Perry at Ranthambore National Park in northwestern India on Saturday. In 2009, PETA named Brand the sexiest vegetarian alive.

“Russell the celebrity and Russell the bullock have something in common: they are both very handsome fellows”, says PETA Vice President of International Operations Poorva Joshipura. “The gift of a namesake is also fitting because just as Russell Brand embarks on his new life as a married man, Russell the bullock has also been given a new lease on life – the heavy loads he once pulled have been lifted from his shoulders for good.”

A bullock trudging along in the heat and straining under a heavy yoke to pull an overloaded cart is an all-too-common sight in India. These gentle animals often suffer from dehydration, untreated sores, muscle strain, depression and beatings. Russell had been severely overworked and was very weak when he was rescued by Animal Rahat. He had an untreated tumour just above his right eye and was in a lot of pain. Animal Rahat veterinarians recently operated on him, and he is making a fast recovery.

Animal Rahat is a non-profit organisation that provides free aid to bullocks who work in sugar mills, donkeys who are used in the brick kilns and horses who pull carts. Animal Rahat aims to alleviate the suffering of these animals by giving rest to the lame and offering relief to the sick and injured. The organisation’s efforts also help the animals’ owners, who are often too poor to pay for veterinary care or the sustenance necessary to maintain the animals’ health.

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