Just after the release of his debut film Akhil, actor Akhil Akkineni appeared in a brand-new campaign for PETA India to encourage his fans to open up their homes to a homeless dog or cat.
Ace photographer YSN Murthy shot the ad, and Akkineni’s hair and make-up were done by Tamanna Rooz.
Akkineni says, “I have been brought up in a house where animals are our friends and we treat them as equals. … When someone is mean to a dog, they are being cruel to a living being.” He adds, “Animals don’t deserve to be abused. They deserve to be friends with us and they deserve to be appreciated for the beautiful beings they are.” Check out what else he had to say:
Right now, homeless cats and dogs all across India are fighting for their lives. With only scraps to eat, many go hungry. Others sustain broken bones and wounds that become infected, are killed by vehicles or are abused by cruel people. Countless more wait in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them.
And sterilisations are routine, affordable surgeries that can prevent thousands of animals from being born only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people or end up in animal shelters for a lack of good homes.
You can help by pledging to adopt