For Immediate Release:
6 March 2013
Bollywood Star and Long-Time PETA Supporter Knows Firsthand the Joy of Rescuing a Loving Animal Companion
Mumbai – Petting her canine friend Bambi, Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha stars in a brand-new public service announcement video for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. Sinha and PETA India want all prospective animal guardians to avoid greedy breeders and pet shops, which only make the homeless cat and dog crisis worse and to adopt their animals from a shelter or take in a cat or dog from the streets instead. The video goes on to say how important it is always to have cats and dogs spayed or neutered. Sinha is a long-time supporter of PETA India, and since her college days, she has been rescuing animals – including her beloved dog Nancy, whom she lived with for 14 rewarding years. The stunning video was directed by top Bollywood director Tarun Mansukhani. The video can be viewed here and Broadcast-quality version can be downloaded here.
“Breeders, pet stores and people who don’t sterilise their animals are responsible for all the animals who end up homeless”, says Sinha. “Every time someone buys a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store, a homeless animal roaming the streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses a chance at a home and a good life.”
Across India, stray dogs and cats struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them starve to death or are injured, abused or hit by vehicles. Countless others are left to languish in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them.
Sterilising one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and sterilising one female cat can prevent 420,000 births in seven years. Sterilisation helps keep animals off the streets and out of shelters, and sterilised animals also live longer, healthier lives and are less likely to roam, fight or bite.
Sinha started her career as a model and walked the runway during the Lakmé Fashion Week in 2008 and 2009. She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Dabangg, for which she won the Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer, the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut, the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and the IIFA Award for Star Debut – Female, just to name a few. Sinha has some top films lined up – Dabangg 2, Lootera, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2 and Namak – with some of the biggest names in Bollywood.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.