Indian opener Rohit Sharma on Wednesday urged his countrymen to show their support towards stray animals during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. Speaking during the India Today E-Conclave, Rohit said that he has always been a supporter of animal rights and wants people to understand their plight during the current crisis.
“I would prefer if I don’t talk too much about it (animal welfare). In the past, I have spoken a lot about it. I think it’s everyone’s responsibility to come out and talk about how we treat animals. Like our own family, we got to make sure we have to think about our animals as well. Think about what impact it has had on them as well during this difficult phase,” said Rohit.
“I can hear a lot of dogs barking because they are hungry. They are not being fed properly. We are trying to do whatever we can from our side and I can see a lot of people also coming forward to help our animals right now which is a great thing.
“But I just want to point out that it doesn’t just stop right here. Yes, we are going through a phase right now. But I hope this continues for as long as possible and we treat this as an eye-opener for us.
“It’s such a beautiful sight to see the animals around us. Mother nature is so beautiful. We should embrace it,” Rohit signed off by saying.
Rohit recently showed his support towards animal welfare when he decided to join the coronavirus relief cause by donating a sum total of INR 80 lakh to help India get “back on feet”.
Out of the INR 80 lakh, Rohit has decided to donate INR 45 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund, INR 25 lakh to CM Relief Fund while INR 5 lakh each towards Feeding India and welfare of stray dogs.
India skipper Virat Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma on Monday pledged their support to the Prime Minster and the Maharashtra Chief Minster’s relief funds to combat the dreaded disease.
Among other Indian sportspersons, former captain Sourav Ganguly and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 50 lakh each, while world badminton champion PV Sindhu contributed Rs 10 lakh.