Russell Brand gets namesake bullock from animal group

Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:52pm EDT
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Actor and long-time animal rights defender Russell Brand and wife singer Katy Perry received an unusual wedding gift on Friday from two animal rights groups in India -- a bullock named after Brand.

The two were married at an exclusive resort in Rajasthan last week.

The bullock, or young bull, was a present from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Animal Rahat, a nonprofit organization that provides free aid to animals.

Brand was named the "sexiest vegetarian alive" by PETA U.K. in 2007.

"Russell the celebrity and Russell the bullock have something in common: they are both very handsome fellows," said Poorva Joshipura at PETA India.

"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."

PETA India has yet to hear from Brand in response to the gift, Joshipura added.

(Reporting by Rohan Dua, editing by Elaine Lies and Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Russell Brand is driven through the Ranthambhore National Park during a jungle safari in the Sawai Madhopur district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>