PETA India on Friday urged superstar Rajinikanth to discourage his fans from sacrificing goats in his name.
In a statement, PETA's Lead - Public Policy Nikunj Sharma said, "The power you already hold can help make a positive difference to the lives of all living beings and we are therefore writing to respectfully request that you use it now to stop the planned slaughter of goats in your name."
It further stated, "The plan of your fans to kill goats in a temple is cruel and an apparent violation of Indian laws. Goats who are killed are usually transported and handled roughly and hacked at with dull knives in full view of their terrified companions."
In a tweet, the organisation wished him for his entry into politics and asked him to help the animals.
"Dear @superstarrajini. Best wishes on entry to politics. Please stop goat sacrifice in your name: https://tinyurl.com/
Days after the actor announced that he will be joining politics, it was reported that his fans in Madurai were making preparation to integrate 1,400 fan clubs in the city.
Part of the plans included a puja at Alagarkoilwhere on January 7 where goats would be sacrificed, and it would be followed by a feast for the followers.
"Thalaivara (Rajinikanth) said that he would like to provide us with a non-vegetarian feast. But he was unable to do so because the fan interaction was held in the Raghavendra Marriage Hall in Chennai. So we are fulfilling one of his wishes," A Pandian, Rajini Mandram district secretary, told The Times of India.
On December 31, putting a decades-long guessing game to rest, Rajinikanth announced his political entry at a fan-packed Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai.
"I will form my own political party and contest from all 234 seats in the next assembly election," he said.
He further added, "About Lok Sabha polls, I will decide then. I am not here for money or fame, you have already given that to me a thousand times over. I am not enamoured by position or post. At 45, I didn't have that, at 68 will I get that? Will I not be a mad man then? Am I not deserving of being called a spiritual?"