India captain Virat Kohli was on Wednesday named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s ‘Person of the Year for 2019’ for his animal advocacy efforts.
A vegetarian, 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. The elephant was once reportedly violently beaten by eight men, a PETA India statement said.
Kohli’s wife and film actress to is among the PETA India’s Person of the Year Awards winners.
Kohli has been immensely contributing towards the well-being of the society. His benevolent deeds include a tie-up with the Smile Foundation; charitable foundation ‘Virat Kohli Foundation: VKF’ through which he has contributed crores of rupees for different causes; a pledge to support other sports and contribution of ₹ 2 crores for the cause.
He often spends his free time at orphanage and old age homes. He has reportedly allotted scholarships to around Indian athletes; he is supporting underprivileged kids without revealing it to anyone.
The 31-year-old cricketer and India’s leading brand icon has also reportedly visited an animal shelter in Bengaluru to check on injured and formerly neglected dogs there, sending a message to his fans to adopt animals rather than buying them.
“Virat Kohli is a fierce animal rights proponent who never hesitates to run out cruelty to animals any way he can. PETA India encourages everyone to follow his lead and always be an advocate for animals in need.” PETA India Director of Celebrity and Public Relations, Sachin Bangera said.
Past recipients of PETA India’s Person of the Year award include Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, former Supreme Court Justice KS Panicker Radhakrishnan, and cine stars Hema Malini, R Madhavan, and Jacqueline Fernandez.
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