Derek C Lalchhanhima, a six-year-old from Mizoram won over the internet last month over his very innocent yet very gallant act of compassion. To rewind the story for the unadulterated, Derek became the talk of town after he, who mistakenly ran over his neighbour’s chicken with his cycle rushed the chicken the chicken to the hospital with all the money he had, which was a 10 rupee note.
After he was praised on the social media for his gallantry act, Derek has now received the 'Compassionate Kid Award' from PETA India in recognition of his concern for animals.
"Developing empathy for animals is a key step towards developing empathy for – and rejecting violence against – all beings, including humans. It’s important, therefore, that students learn at an early age that the animals with whom we share this planet are, in many ways, not so different from us," said a statement released by PETA India recently.
PETA India’s 'Compassionate Citizen' programme is especially designed to help students between the ages of 8 and 12 years better understand and appreciate animals. It consists of a 23-minute video with fascinating footage of animals, along with cartoons and a text pack.