In light of her work for the animal-friendly fashion industry and her advocacy for dogs and cats in need, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has named the Bollywood star Alia Bhatt as person of the year for the year 2021.
This year, Alia Bhatt invested in Phool, the company behind Fleather (a vegan leather made from discarded temple flowers). Alia’s vegan children’s clothing line Ed-a-Mamma also won the 2021 PETA India Fashion Award for helping nurture children’s love for animals and nature. She has also previously starred in a campaign for the adoption of PETA India to help cats and dogs and used her platform to call for stricter animal welfare laws.
“Alia Bhatt not only helps advance vegan fashion, but also encourages the next generation to be kind to animals,” said Sachin Bangera, public relations and celebrity director of PETA India. “Alia isn’t shy about speaking out, whether she is mobilizing her fans to adopt a dog or cat, or calling for action against animal crimes.”
Past recipients of PETA India’s Person of the Year award include Dr Shashi Tharoor, for his support of Compassionate Citizen, PETA India’s humanitarian education program for children, and other programs at animal welfare education; former Supreme Court Justice KS Panicker Radhakrishnan, for the landmark judgment against the use of bulls in shows; cricketer Virat Kohli, for calling for the release of an abused elephant and tougher penalties for animal abusers; comedian Kapil Sharma, for encouraging people to adopt dogs; and actors John Abraham, Anushka Sharma, Sunny Leone, R Madhavan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Hema Malini and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, for helping animals in various ways.
PETA India’s motto is “Animals are not ours to experience, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or otherwise abuse,” and the group opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview.
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