(TibetanReview.net, May05, 2018) – Bollywood star Anushka Sharma, on turning 30, has announced plans May 2 to build a shelter for stranded animals on the outskirts of Mumbai, saying she was inspired to do so by words of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, reported the IANS news service May 2.
She was quoted as saying, “I was deeply moved by something His Holiness the Dalai Lama said and his words have stayed with me since then. It incepted an idea deep within me and has propelled me to act on my thoughts of working for animals and trying to make the world a better place for them.”
As to what the Dalai Lama had told her, Anushka has said, “Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.”
And so, “On my birthday, in my own little way, I’m starting something that will give our fellow living beings equal rights, equal care and equal love,” she has said.
Anushka, who played a journalist in the Bollywood hit PK and a number of other notable films, has urged people to take care of those species who are not as strong as human beings.
She has added: “Think about how they live, how they are treated; think about their rights; think if they are treated fairly. And what’s worse, even if they aren’t being treated well, they have no means of doing anything about it and that’s where we have to come in as humans who stand up for all living beings. It is our responsibility. The whole purpose of being the strongest species is to look out for the welfare of all those not so strong ones around us so that we truly can give back to our great Mother Earth and live harmoniously.”