Virat Kohli: PETA India’s 2019 Person of the Year

#GOODNEWS: Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has 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 includes sending a letter on PETA India’s behalf to officials calling for the release of the elephant Malti, who was used for rides at Amer Fort and was reportedly violently beaten by eight men.

He also supported PETA India’s call for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 to be updated for stronger penalties to animal abusers. He reportedly swung by an animal shelter in Bengaluru to give lots of love to the injured and formerly neglected dogs, while appealing to fans to adopt companion animals instead of buying 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 LeoneSonam 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.

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