Today is World Wildlife Day – a day to raise awareness about the endangerment of the flora and fauna. As the most powerful species in the world, the responsibility falls in our hands to preserve animal species and curb practices such as hunting, poaching, captivity, etc. Many celebrities have voiced their opinion on the issue, even in Bollywood. Celebrities have been involved in campaigns since 2001, when Aishwarya Rai (now Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) wrote to the people of South Africa urging them to protect the black rhino, an endangered species today. Since then, many Bollywood stars have spoken out and actively spread awareness about animal welfare in India. 

Here are some celebrities in Bollywood, who have campaigned for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals): 

John Abraham PETA ad - BookMyShow

This animal-loving actor has been instrumental in helping create India’s first elephant village in Maharashtra. 

Celina Jaitley PETA ad - BookMyShow

She appeared in the PETA ad calling for action to save elephants from captivity.

Malaika Arora Khan
Malaika Arora Khan PETA ad - BookMyShow

Many celebrities have condemned the use of animals in circuses. This Bollywood diva happens to be one of them. 

Sidharth Malhotra PETA ad - BookMyShow

This hunky actor has pursued the cause of animal adoption. His ad for PETA also highlights the importance of sterilization of pets.

Kalki Koechlin PETA ad - BookMyShow

The actress has appeared on a PETA ad, urging people to adopt pets, instead of buying them.

Sonakshi Sinha PETA ad - BookMyShow

She has been a long-time supporter of PETA and has also been involved in rescuing animals for many years.

Shilpa Shetty PETA ad - BookMyShow

The Bollywood beauty has voiced her opinion against the captivity of animals in circuses with this controversial ad.

Shahid Kapoor PETA ad - BookMyShow
The recently married actor turned vegetarian a decade earlier and has been promoting the cause ever since.

Apart from these, many more celebrities like Alia Bhatt, Yana Gupta, Sherlyn Chopra, Rahul Dev, Gulshan Grover, Rakhi Sawant, Ameesha Patel, Isha Koppikar, Lara Dutta, Raveena Tandon, and Rahul Khanna have rallied against animal cruelty.

– By Delnaz Divecha