From Anushka Sharma to Ratan Tata to Dutee Chand⁠— these are some famous Indian personalities backing the fight for animal rights


  • The number animal cruelty cases in India is rising.
  • Moreover, what makes it worse is the liberal laws against people who commit such crimes.
  • As we approach International Animal Rights Day in December 10, 2019, here are some celebrities who inspired people to fight against animal cruelty:

On September 8, 2019, at least 90 stray dogs were found killed with their muzzles and legs tied with strings in Maharashtra. There are several instances where India saw animal cruelty. The number animal cruelty cases is rising. Moreover, what makes it worse is the liberal laws against people who commit such crimes. They are accountable to pay a penalty anywhere between ₹10 to ₹50.

As we approach International Animal Rights Day in December 10, 2019, here are some celebrities who inspired people to fight against animal cruelty:


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Anushka Sharma

Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma recently called for stricter laws against animal cruelty after a stray dog named “Lucky’ was beaten up for taking shelter in a residential area in Mumbai.

Anushka Sharma, who was named the PETA person of the year 2017, is also building an animal shelter for abandoned animals.

Virat Kohli

Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli, wrote to PETA requesting to release of Malti — an elephant who forced to take trips near Amer fort in Jaipur. He was named PETA person of the year 2019. He also visited a shelter home in Bengaluru and urged his fans to adopt abandoned animals.

Ratan Tata

Apart from being a series startup investor, Ratan Tata is also religiously involved in creating awareness for animal rights. His house reportedly has a section specially built for abandoned and stray dogs.

He recently funded a venture that creates reflective collar for stray dogs and offered the 27-year old owner a job at Tata group.

Dutee Chand

Ace sprinter Dutee Chand is among the many Indian celebrities who have teamed up with PETA to support animal welfare. She starred in a new PETA India ad for International Animal Rights Day.

“Animals on the streets have tough lives, so it’s up to all of us to speak out if we ever witness them being abused,” Chand told IANS
​John Abraham

From freeing birds from the cages to raising questions in animal circus, John Abraham has been an active animal rights advocate over the past decade. He also urged influencers to use their fanbase and create awareness about animal rights.

“Animals should be treated at par with human beings,” John Abraham told IANS.

Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza, the UN Goodwill Ambassador, has raised her voice against animal cruelty several times on twitter. She is also associated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Rohit Sharma

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma joined WWF India, an NGO for animal welfare, as its Brand Ambassador for Rhino.

Over the last few years, Sharma has promote animal welfare by supporting campaigns anti-poaching campaign in South Africa. He also donated ₹25 lakhs to WWF and Ol Pejeta, who work to conserve wildlife

Sonam Kapoor

Bollywood actor, Sonam Kapoor, also raised her voice against animal cruelty in Mumbai’s worli where Lucky was beaten up. She was named the PETA person of year 2018 for not using animal skin in her handbag line, Rheson.

In the past, she requested Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change not to revoke the ban on classroom dissection for university life science and zoology students.

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