Imran Khan Honoured With PETA Award For Standing Up To Dog Abuse

For Immediate Release:
22 November 2013

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Mansi Rawal; [email protected]

Actor Stops Trainer From Hitting a Canine on His Film Set

Mumbai – Bollywood heartthrob Imran Khan is known for not only his good looks but also his kind heart. And it’s this that led him to receive an award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. According to news reports, Imran was shooting his upcoming film, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, when he saw the dog trainer smack a dog. He immediately walked up to the trainer and pushed him in order to stop the abuse. Imran will receive a Hero to Animals Award and a basket full of dog-shaped vegan gourmet chocolates prepared by Pune’s Ambrosial Chockies.

“This dog would have been terrified and endured more abuse were it not for Imran’s compassionate and quick action”, says PETA India Manager of Media and Celebrity Projects Sachin Bangera. “We encourage everyone to stop and speak up for animals who are subjected to pain or suffering, because if you don’t, maybe no one else will.”

Imran – who was last seen in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! – will be soon seen in Gori Tere Pyaar Mein opposite Kareena Kapoor. Imran has also appeared in a PETA ad urging people to adopt homeless animals.

Other recipients of PETA’s Hero to Animals Award include Zarine Khan, for rescuing a cat from the streets; Cyrus Broacha, for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Rani Mukherjee, for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Asin, for saving a dog hit by a car; Sadaa Sayed, for helping a puppy who just missed being hit by a car during a rainstorm; and Dia Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.

Because of India’s countless homeless cats and dogs, PETA India encourages all animal guardians always to adopt an animal from a shelter or the streets and always to have their dogs and cats sterilised.

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