The captain of Indian cricket team across all formats, Virat Kohli on Thursday submitted a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to Rajasthan’s forest and environment minister. In the letter, he asked for the relocation of ‘Number 44’, an elephant, to a rehabilitation facility.
The international cricketer wrote, “As a professional cricketer, I am proud to represent our country, but when I learned about the hateful attack on ‘Number 44’ last June, I felt so ashamed. Violence against animals is completely unacceptable, not to mention illegal, and our nation cannot fail elephants this way. I beseech you to start helping them by transferring Number 44 to a reputable rehabilitation facility where she can get the care she needs, socialise with others of her kind, and live free from chains, abuse, and fear.”
Earlier, American tourists shared their experience of witnessing men beating an elephant at Jaipur’s most popular tourist spot of Amber Fort.
A few days ago Kohli entered into a controversy after a video of him saying, “I don’t think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else,” went viral.