Actors Anushka Sharma and Kartik Aaryan have been named India’s Hottest Vegetarians, according to votes on the official website of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.
With this year's win, Anushka Sharma has become the first two-time winner of the title, having previously won in 2015. The actor, who was also named PETA India’s Person of the Year in 2017, recently starred in an ad campaign for PETA India, proclaiming: “I Am Anushka Sharma, and I’m a Vegetarian.”
Her other efforts to help animals include announcing plans to open an animal shelter near Mumbai. Anushka Sharma had also made headlines for her PAWsitive campaign around Diwali. The campaign raised awareness about the trauma suffered by animals due to the setting off of loud firecrackers. The campaign was also responsible for banning rides on horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai. The rides were a popular tourist attraction for people visiting the Queen's Necklace on Marine Drive, Mumbai. However, Anushka Sharma's decision to switch to vegetarianism was just motivated by altruism and her love for animals. She has revealed that going vegetarian was one of the best decisions she made as she felt healthier because of it.
“Going vegetarian was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have more energy, I feel healthier, and I’m so happy that no animals had to suffer for my meals,” Anushka said in a statement.
This is the first time that Karthik Aaryan has topped the list. The ‘Sonu Ke Tittu Ki Sweety’ actor said it only took one video of animals suffering and dying in the meat industry to convince him to go vegetarian.
“The kindest thing anybody can do for cows, pigs, chickens, and all animals is to stop eating them,” he said.
Sachin Bangera, PETA’s Associate Director of celebrity and public relations, said: “Anushka Sharma and Kartik Aaryan are saving animals by keeping them off their plates, and by sharing their commitment to being meat-free with the world.
“Their compassion makes them as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside, and that makes them winners in our book,” he concluded.