Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1 world champion, compared sheltering in place to avoid spreading coronavirus to the plight of animals in zoos and circuses. He shared stories of animals and urged followers to consider animals during the pandemic.

He said in an Instagram story, “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.”

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Hamilton is an outspoken animal rights activist. He visited an animal rescue center in Australia in March to help raise awareness for the bushfires and the animals there. You can follow Lewis on Instagram here.

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Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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