Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dhoni incurs PETA's wrath for goat sacrifice

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today incurred the wrath of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a group against 'animal abuse', for recently sacrificing a goat at a Ranchi temple to celebrate Indian cricket team's tri-series triumph in Australia.
PETA India's chief functionary, Anuradha Sawhney, claimed that they have been flooded with calls and e-mails from people who were "horrified" by the incident. The organisation has also shot a letter to Dhoni asking him to refrain from such cruel acts in future, as the captain was a role model to his innumerable fans.
"As a talented athlete, you are a role model for young people. We hope that you will consider the enormous influence you have over the children and in the future refrain from cruel acts that your young fans might be inspired to imitate," she wrote in the letter.
Asserting that the age-old practices like sati, child marriage and cast differentiation, sacrificing animal was banned in several states and Dhoni clearly did not adhere to the law by killing the goat. Sawhney said, "Dhoni will really need divine intervention now to repair his tarnished image."

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