India captain Virat Kohliwasnamed People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s ‘Person of the Year for 2019’ for his animal advocacy efforts. Kohli’s efforts to improve conditions for animals include sending a letter on PETA India’s behalf to officialscalling for the releaseof 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.
Healsoreportedlyswung 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. ‘ViratKohli is a fierce animal rights proponent who never hesitates torun outcruelty to animalsany way he can,’ says PETA India Director of Celebrity and Public Relations SachinBangera. ‘PETA India encourages everyone to follow his leadand alwaysbe anadvocate for animals in need.’