Bollywood actress and fashion icon Sonam Kapoor has been named as India’s Person of The Year by animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Sonam has been given this honour as she has been a vocal activist for animal welfare on social media, and has encouraged people to take to veganism.
Talking about the animal activist in Sonam, PETA India Associate Director Sachin Bangera said in a statement, “Whether she’s enjoying vibrant vegan meals or rallying her fans to do their part to stop animal suffering, Sonam Kapoor never hesitates to help animals any way she can.”
He added, “We encourage everyone to take a page out of her book and live with compassion and respect for all beings.” Sonam turned vegan when she learnt that she was lactose intolerant. She had told to reporters , “I stopped eating meat four or five years ago. What has happened now is that I’ve stopped consuming milk and milk products.”
In 2016, PETA had names Sonam India’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity. Sonam also makes conscious fashion choices with regard to her brand which she co-owns with her sister Rhea Kapoor. She strictly doesn’t use animal products for her handbag line of her fashion brand, Rheson.