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Virat Kohli bags PETA India's Person of the Year for 2019 award

The Team India captain won the award for his animal advocacy efforts.

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Nov 20, 2019, 02.30 PM IST
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​PETA India called ​Virat Kohli a fierce animal rights proponent​.
PETA India called Virat Kohli a fierce animal rights proponent.
NEW DELHI: 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, who was reportedly violently beaten by eight men, a PETA India statement said.

The 31-year-old 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 actors Anushka Sharma, Hema Malini, R Madhavan, and Jacqueline Fernandez.

Star Of Brands: Virat Kohli Parts Ways With One, Still Endorses Puma, Audi

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There's nothing Brand Kohli can't do. Team India captain Virat Kohli is known to endorse over 17 brands and counting. According to Forbes, the world's highest-paid cricketer's brand value is at $14.5 million (approximately Rs 105 crore) , which is higher than that of football icon Lionel Messi, golf superstar Rory McIlroy and Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry. While a lot of brands endorses the cricketer, Kohli and one of his long-time association with a brand fell apart.
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