For Immediate Release:
20 November 2019
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Cricketer Nabs Title for Helping Animals, From Elephants to Dogs
Mumbai – For going to bat for animals at every turn, India national cricket
team captain and vegetarian Virat Kohli has just been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Person of the Year for 2019.
Kohli’s efforts to improve conditions for animals include sending a letter on PETA India’s behalf to officials calling for the release of Malti, an elephant used for rides at Amer Fort who was reportedly violently beaten by eight men; helping PETA India call for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, to be updated in order to deter acts of violence towards animals through stronger penalties for animal abusers; and more. He also reportedly swung by an animal shelter in Bengaluru to give lots of love to the injured and formerly neglected dogs there and to send a message to fans to adopt companion animals and never buy them from breeders or pet shops.
“Virat Kohli is a fierce animal rights proponent who never hesitates to run out cruelty to animals any way he can,” says PETA India Director of Celebrity and Public Relations Sachin Bangera. “PETA India encourages everyone to follow his lead and always be an advocate for animals in need.”
Past recipients of PETA India’s Person of the Year award include Dr Shashi Tharoor, former Supreme Court Justice KS Panicker Radhakrishnan, and actors Anushka Sharma, Sunny Leone, Sonam Kapoor, Kapil Sharma, Hema Malini, R Madhavan, and Jacqueline Fernandez.
PETA India’s motto is “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”, and the group opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.