LONDON: Wearing next to nothing, animal activists with leopard spots painted on their bodies held a demonstration here on Thursday urging people to take a stand against the alleged bullying of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty on a British reality TV show.

Activists of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) held up placards reading "Stop Big Brother Circus Cruelty Vote for Shilpa" at the Covent Garden. The actor is a staunch supporter of PETA's campaign against bullying and cruelty to animals.

"When Shilpa Shetty joined PETA to speak up against cruelty to animals in circuses, she had no idea she would eventually be living in the midst of one," PETA Europe supporter Lucy Groom said. "We urge viewers to stop Big Brother circus cruelty by voting for Shilpa, a defender of animals."

Ms. Shetty posed for one of PETA's most high-profile ad campaigns in India, an anti-circus advertisement in which she crouched behind the bars of a cage, dressed in a form-fitting tiger-striped body suit, with the tagline "Beaten, Lonely and Abused - Boycott the Circus." PTI