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'Person of the Year for 2019': Know why Virat Kohli is PETA's star person

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Animal advocacy efforts
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Animal advocacy efforts

India's cricket captain Virat Kohli (in pic) 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.

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Calling out for elephant's plight
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Calling out for elephant's plight

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.

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Setting the right example
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Setting the right example

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.

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​Past recipients
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​Past recipients

Past recipients of PETA India's Person of the Year award include Congress leader Shashi Tharoor (in pic), former Supreme Court Justice KS Panicker Radhakrishnan, and actors Anushka Sharma, Hema Malini, R Madhavan, and Jacqueline Fernandez.

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