An animal rights body has requested people to be kind to snakes on the occasion of ‘Nag Panchami’ tomorrow, when serpents are worshiped and fed milk by Hindus.
“PETA members dressed and painted like snakes will bear signs reading, ‘Be kind to snakes. Have a cruelty-free Nag Panchami’ tomorrow to remind passers-by that the animals experience pain and illness when they are deprived of their natural food and force-fed cow milk during the festival,” a PETA release said today.
“The best way to honour snakes is to let them live freely in their natural habitats. PETA is calling on citizens to spare snakes the terror and misery of capture, confinement, and potential death by holding snake-free celebrations,” the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said.
People worship and offer milk to snakes on Nag Panchami. Ahead of the day, serpents are often captured by snake charmers.