Newlywed actress Anushka Sharma, who has always worked towards the welfare of animals, has been named PETA’s 2017 Person of the Year. The actress, who is a vegetarian, has nabbed the award for her wide-reaching work for animals, from helping to protect dogs from fireworks to advocating for horses who are forced to pull carriages in Mumbai.

In 2015, Anushka Sharma was named PETA’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity. Some of her recent efforts to protect animals include launching her cruelty-free NUSH clothing line, visiting an animal shelter and promoting its work on her social media platforms, launching a campaign called PAWsitive to raise awareness of the suffering fireworks cause to animals, and taking to Twitter to demand a ban on cruel carriage rides in Mumbai – where often-lame horses are forced to haul passengers in all weather extremes without adequate rest, food, or water. Sharma lives with her beloved adopted dog, Dude.