Bollywood Heartthrob Pays Tribute to the Beloved Canine Sidekick Who 'Changed My Life' in New PETA Ad
Chandigarh / Mumbai : Sanjay Pahwa–
Posing with his adopted dog – who passed away recently – beside the caption "Tony Changed My Life. You Can Change a Homeless Dog's Life. Please Adopt", renowned actor Imran Khan appears in a brand-new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. Khan – who sprang to prominence following his performance in the 2008 Hindi film Jaane Tu … Ya Jaane Na – says his life was enriched after he adopted Tony and that he would like his legions of fans to experience the same joy. After his friend found Tony wandering in the streets, Khan took the time to file a complaint with the police and learned that the person Tony had been living with had thrown him out of the house. The ad was shot by top photographer Avinash Gowariker.
In an exclusive PETA interview, Khan talked about how he has always tried to help animals in need. The broadcast quality interview can be found at http://petaav.com/4broadcast/Imran_Khan_PETA_India_v1_PAL.htm
"Ultimately it boils down to how much you care", says Khan in the video, who wants to open his own animal shelter. "I care a lot about animals. If I see an injured animal, sick animal and essentially any animal I feel I could help in some way, I do that." Adds Khan, "The fact is that there are dogs and cats and all kinds of animals roaming around the streets. Very often people buy dogs, buy cats – they see them as toys or as fashion accessories. They get bored of them and they … throw them out of the house. That's a very horrible thing to do".
In India, around 25 million homeless dogs struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them go hungry, are injured or killed, are hit by vehicles or are abused by cruel people. Countless others are kept in animal shelters because there aren't enough good homes for them. Every time a dog or cat has a litter, it means fewer homes for the dogs and cats who are languishing in animals shelters or roaming the streets. PETA encourages all prospective cat or dog guardians to always adopt from an animal shelter or take in a homeless animal from the streets and never to buy from a breeder or pet store. PETA also reminds guardians always to get their animal companions sterilised.