For Immediate Release:
13 November 2015
KAPIL SHARMA IS PETA’S PERSON OF THE YEAR
Star of ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ to Be Awarded for Showing His Softer Side for Homeless Animals, Amongst Other Actions
Mumbai – As host of the smash hit Comedy Nights With Kapil, actor, singer and producer Kapil Sharma has taken home many a top prize, and now he’ll have one more to add to the list, courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. For his dedication to promoting compassion for homeless dogs as well as their adoption, Sharma will receive PETA’s Person of the Year award for 2015. From rescuing puppies on the set of Comedy Nights to opening his home to retired police dog Zanjeer – who frequently accompanies him to work – Sharma has come to the aid of animals in need and spoken out countless times for homeless dogs and cats as well as formerly abused elephant Sunder, who is now safe at a sanctuary with other rescued elephants.
“Kapil Sharma uses his star power for the sake of animals across India”, says Sachin Bangera, PETA’s associate director of celebrity and public relations. “PETA is calling on people everywhere to follow his compassionate example by adopting– and never buying–companion animals and speaking out for those in need.”
Across India, stray dogs and cats struggle to survive on the streets. As noted by PETA– whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”– many of them go hungry or are injured, hit by vehicles or abused. Countless others are left to languish in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. People can bring joy into the life of a homeless dog or cat – and into their own lives – by adopting a lovable and loving homeless animal.
Past recipients of PETA’s Person of the Year award include Dr Shashi Tharoor, former Supreme Court Justice KS Panicker Radhakrishnan, and actors Hema Malini, R Madhavan and Jacqueline Fernandez.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.