Sitting with a hen inside a rustic cage, Dhobi Ghat star Monica Dogra has appeared in a brand-new ad for PETA India and urges fans to try to relate to who is on their plate by going vegetarian.

The actor and singer went vegetarian after learning about the abuse endured by animals who are killed for meat, and now she is encouraging everyone to switch to a healthy and humane vegetarian diet.

Dogra also sat down for an exclusive video interview with PETA India. “I was raised eating meat,” she explains. “Around 12 years old, I remember reading … about factory farming and the way that—particularly chickens at that time—were being treated … and I remember feeling really harrowed and sad.” Dogra says that after she stopped eating animals, her health improved and her weight stabilized.

In addition to starring in Aamir Khan’s Dhobi Ghat, Dogra is part of the hot music duo Shaa’ir + Func, which has been named among the top emerging artists and best independent artists by VH1. She is also currently starring in a denim commercial with actor Imran Khan. Originally from Baltimore, Dogra is a graduate of New York University’s music program.

Eating meat causes animal suffering on a massive scale. In India, animals who are killed for food are crammed into vehicles for slaughter in such high numbers that many animals break their bones, suffocate, or die en route. In slaughterhouses, workers often use dull blades to hack at the throats of goats, sheep, and other animals. Chickens on factory farms around the world are crowded by the thousands into dark sheds that reek of ammonia from the accumulated waste in which the animals are forced to stand. These birds never see the light of day and are denied everything that is natural and important to them.

Dogra joins a growing list of celebrities—including Pamela Anderson, Shahid Kapoor, Sir Paul McCartney, R. Madhavan, and Anil Kumble—who have teamed up with PETA India to promote a vegetarian lifestyle.

For more information or to view the ad, please visit PETAIndia.com.

Source: PETA

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