Written by Kriti-S
Drum roll, please! Can you guess PETA's Person of the Year?
Here are some clues:
She has won countless hearts through her acting skills. Her magnificent
dance performances have been appreciated by many classical gurus and dance lovers
worldwide. In 2000, she was presented with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement
Award. Her contribution to Indian society has won her the honour of the Padma
Yes, we are talking about the eternal beauty Hema Malini. For repeatedly
raising her voice to oppose cruelty to animals and for her staunch commitment
to a humane vegetarian diet, veteran actor and politician Hema Malini has been
named Person of the Year by PETA
Hemaji has used her prestige time and time again to speak up for all the
voiceless animals whose abuse and oppression might otherwise go unnoticed.
Her efforts to bring about positive changes for animals in India include
her heartfelt appeal this year to the Ministry of Environment and Forests on
behalf of PETA India urging them to ban jallikattu. Soon after, the Ministry
issued a notification in The Gazette of
India stating that bulls can no longer be used as "performing"
animals. This decision means an end to the cruel "sport" of
jallikattu, in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to
the ground and otherwise tormented.
The "Basanti" has also come forward to help horses by urging
the city of Mumbai to ban horse-drawn carriages. In November, the Mumbai High
Court issued a landmark decision cracking down on unlicensed stables housing
horses used to pull carriages. This is expected to mean the end of the use of
horse-drawn carriages on Mumbai roads.
A strict vegetarian, Hemaji is the embodiment of the kindness and
determination to effect positive social change that PETA India stands for!
Congratulations, Hemaji! Thank you for being such a positive
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