Updated May 4th, 2024 at 10:13 IST

Zeenat Aman Is 'Guilt-ridden' As She Narrates Plight Of Animals On Set, Appeals To Filmmakers

In her recent post, Zeenat Aman penned a lengthy note on her love for wildlife and how filmmakers need to avoid using animals on sets.

Zeenat Aman | Image:thezeenataman/Instagram

Zeenat Aman is known to share tidbits of information on Instagram. The veteran actress often shares lesser-known anecdotes from the film industry on her social media. In her recent post, the actress penned a lengthy note on her love for wildlife and how the film industry needs to avoid using animals on sets. She also expressed her dismay at witnessing an elderly, domestic elephant on a project's set

Zeenat Aman expresses anguish on the distressed elephant on set 

On May 3, Zeenat Aman took to her Instagram account to share an anecdote from a film set where she saw an ailing elephant. She expressed her particular fondness for the animals and urged filmmakers and producers to avoid scenes with animals and not keep them captive. She also posted a picture of herself adorning her collection of miniature elephants. 

Her heartfelt note read, "I was brought to tears recently when I arrived on set to find an elderly, domestic elephant on the scene. She was standing on the burning asphalt, bejewelled and bedecked... and she stayed there all day as the cameras rolled. I was bound by contract to do my job, but I am guilt-ridden that such a majestic animal suffered for my job and your entertainment. The plight of animals, both domestic and wild, has always distressed me. I do not believe that any wild animal belongs in captivity, especially not an animal as perceptive, intelligent and emotional as an elephant. From the little I have learnt about this species, I know that they are highly sentient, social animals. To keep them in captivity is to willingly support cruelty." Making a sincere appeal to her industry friends and colleagues, the 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' fame actress said: “It is my sincere and urgent appeal to my colleagues and compatriots in the film industry to avoid bringing wild animals onto set at all costs. We are so lucky that India hosts the majority of the Asian elephant population in the world, and that this species is our National Heritage Animal. We are also blessed to have numerous organisations in India that work towards the welfare and conservation of this incredible animal. I am sharing a few resources from such organisations on my stories. I will be elated if you peruse them.”

Zeenat Aman says her concern for wildlife is an ‘old story’ 

In the same post, the 72-year-old actress also shared a clipping from an old newspaper. She mentioned that she has always been vocal about animal rights and conservation. The newspaper page has a message from then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Zeenat said: "My concern for wildlife is an old story - please swipe to see a snippet from 1974 - but it is only now that I am in a position to make more concerted appeals on these matters. And since I could not bear to pose with the beautiful ele that was subject to the chaos of our set, here is a picture of me with 'my' elephants that l have collected over the years."

A snippet of the post shared by Zeenat Aman | Image: Zeenat Aman/Instagram 

"In honour of this sentiment, today I would like to hear about your favourite wildlife encounters! Please leave a comment, and remember that the operative word here is 'wild'. No comments about captive wild animals please! This includes performing monkeys, bottle-feeding tigers, talking parrots and all the rest," she added. "Signing off with hope for a kinder world where non-human species are afforded the dignity they deserve," the note concluded.




Published May 4th, 2024 at 10:13 IST