MUMBAI: Actress and a passionate animal lover Richa Chadha finds it "idiotic" that people are abandoning pets because of the novel coronavirus scare. She says just like there are stringent measures for adopting a kid, an equivalent should be initiated for pets.
Richa, who has always campaigned for "adopt and not shop" for animals and herself has cats as pets at her house, told in an interview, "It's really idiotic. If somebody in your family gets COVID-19 will you throw them out? I believe there should be a basic assessment of people's mental state before they plan and (get pets home). Similar to how you want to adopt a child, you've got plenty of stringent measures to follow, similarly, with an animal, it should be the same, I think."
The actress, who has often voiced her concern for stray animals on social media, is finding it hard to believe that many are abandoning pets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Who the hell abandons animals? it isn't about being an animal lover. you need to have humanity at a time like this. This circumstance is teaching us to live in harmony with one another . the world belongs to everybody, not just human beings. If humans are going to overstep and behave like they're the kings of the world, then nature will come down with all force and teach them a lesson or two," she said.
Richa urged everyone to remain at peace with nature.
"Right now, the entire world has paused owing to a micro-organism. Nature doesn't need us, we need nature. We are a part of it," she concluded.