Today, I thought it would be fun to share some names of celebrities who have, at one time or another, been involved in some form of animal rights activism. This is by no means an extensive list, but it is a starting point of showing that there are people who use their celebrity status and power to do good things in the world … in this case, for animals.
Here are 25 celebrity animal activists:
Pamela has been very vocal against the use of fur, campaigned against seal hunting in Canada, sent numerous letters to companies — including KFC — about animal welfare policies, and more!
Justin confronted a Canada Goose store in New York City about the brand’s use of coyote fur in jackets.
Bob got involved in animal rights in 1979 and has been fighting ever since. He used to encourage people to get their pets spayed/neutered by saying at the end of each Price is Right episode, “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.” In 1987, he stepped down as host of Miss USA/Universe after his request to remove fur prizes was refused. He has also donated millions of dollars to animal rights organizations and campaigns — including $5 million to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which was used to purchase a ship to interdict Japanese whaling operations — and he also payed to send 3 elephants to a sanctuary in California.
Betty has always been an avid animal lover. She has worked for numerous animal rights charities and organizations.
Ellen promotes vegetarianism and veganism and has donated money to various organizations.
Joaquin has been a vegan virtually all his life and has worked with PETA to raise awareness about animal abuse and veganism. He has narrated several animal rights documentaries and has spoken out against businesses and countries who contribute to animal abuse.
Paul has been a vegetarian since 1975 and has spoken out against slaughterhouses, the meat industry, and seal hunting. He has also donated millions of dollars to animal rights campaigns.
Leo is very much involved in climate change organizations, which also helps animals and sea life.
Pink encourages animal adoption from shelters and is completely against puppy mills.
Ryan has written multiple letters to businesses encouraging them to adopt more humane practices. He’s also spoken out against animal cruelty.
Hayden actively promotes marine life welfare. She has protested Japanese dolphin hunters, in which she, as well as others, swam out into the ocean placing themselves between the dolphins and the hunters. She also auctions her stuff to raise money for wildlife preservation campaigns.
Sharon stopped wearing fur years ago and now actively speaks out against the use of it.
Alicia became a vegan in 1998, only uses cruelty-free products, and is against factory farming. She speaks out against the use of animals in many industries.
Kristen has been a lifetime lover of animals. She has fostered numerous animals and also attends fundraisers for the ASPCA.
Brigitte is a vegetarian and has been promoting animal rights for decades. Because of her love of animals, she established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. She’s also spoken out against seal hunting.
Peter has been a vegetarian for over 2 decades. He’s a supporter of Cruelty-Free International and a spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s annual Walk for Farm Animals.
Tim is completely against the use of animals in the fashion industry.
Sarah avidly supports the ASPCA and has lent her music and her voice to helping the organization fight animal cruelty.
Kesha is a vegetarian and has worked with PETA to raise awareness about animal cruelty. She also only wears faux fur.
And finally, I had to include the late Rue McClanahan. She was a huge animal lover and became a voice for animals.
There are so many more celebrities and people with power out there that continue to do good things to help animals. I always admire the people that have an influence on others and who do good things in the world. If only everybody who had power used it for good!