Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez has been named Woman of the Year by the Indian branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta).

The actress has been honoured for using her fame to help animal rights causes, including a recent campaign to protect horses which pull carriages and rabbits used in cosmetic testing.

Peta UK Director Mimi Bekhechi says, "Fernandez (is a role model who upholds) this mandate for kindness to animals through the actions (she takes), as we all should."

Past recipients of Peta India's Person of the Year Award include Bollywood actress Hema Malini and actor/producer R. Madhavan.