Lewis Hamilton has urged his followers to boycott zoos in an Instagram post comparing an animal’s life in captivity to the frustrations many of them will face during the lockdown aimed at fighting the spread of coronavirus. The F1 champion shared four images of a panda in a zoo enclosure on his Instagram story, captioned: “Now you know how the animals in a zoo feel!”.
Alongside the images of the bear, which is native to south central China, Hamilton called on his 14.9m online fans to ditch circuses as well.
“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,” Hamilton wrote.
“In future, please don’t go to any zoos or circuses because this is what our money goes to supporting. #nomorezoos #freedom.”
Hamilton’s post comes as the British population and people across the world are being urged to stay at home to try and limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus Covid-19.
The coronavirus has already claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people worldwide and the figures in the UK are rising.
Social distancing is aimed at drastically reducing the spread of the pandemic and Hamilton again took to Instagram to bemoan people not abiding by the instructions passed down to them.
On an image of a packed London tube carriage on his Instagram story, Hamilton wrote: “Somebody told me this is London tubes this morning [facepalm emoji].”
Hamilton has been an outspoken critic of people not following instructions on social distancing and on Monday vented his fury via Instagram.
“I’m so sad to hear about the amount of deaths happening around the world,” Hamilton said. “I know most of us are limited with the knowledge of why and how this has happened.
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“There is nothing we can do about it either way except try to isolate ourselves, stop ourselves from catching it and spreading it.
“There are people out there still going to clubs and bars and large gatherings which I personally feel is totally irresponsible and selfish.
“I’m praying for my family’s safety each day but I’m also praying for you out there. I’m praying for those working at the local stores, deliveries, doctors and nurses who put their own health at risk to help others and keep the countries running. These are the heroes. Please stay safe people.”
Hamilton followed up Monday’s post with a second message, saying: “If you can, try and take this time to assess your life and situation and how you might want to change things for the better moving forwards.
“Hopefully through this people will realise even more how health is priceless, how you treat yourself and what you put in your body is so important and also hygiene. We take this life for granted. I hope we don’t [stop] moving forwards.”
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