Lewis Hamilton has urged his 14.9m followers to boycott zoos in a post comparing an animal's life in captivity to self-isolation
Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton has urged his followers to boycott zoos and circuses in an impassioned post shared to 14.9m people on Instagram.
Drawing comparisons between life in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, he encouraged people to realise that they are now experiencing many of the same feelings of helplessness animals held in captivity experience.
Taking to Instagram to share a story featuring images of four images of a panda in a zoo enclosure, Hamilton wrote: “If you are home on lockdown, perhaps you can feel a little of what the animals in captivity go through everyday, their entires lives stopped from them.
“In future, please don’t go to any zoos or circuses because this is what our money goes to supporting. #nomorezoos #freedom.”
A passionate and outspoken vegan, Hamilton regularly taking to his social media channels to share the benefits of a plant-based diet for both animals, health and the environment.
A recent post shared on his account showed him visiting Wires Wildlife Rescue in Australia to find out more about the work they are “doing to care, rehabilitate and preserve the country’s native wildlife following the recent, devastating fires.”
His post comes as the British population and people in countries across the world are being urged to stay at home in a bid to try and limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.