If you watch the HBO fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” you’re probably a fan of Peter Dinklage’s witty, bawdy character Tyrion Lannister, a role for which the actor has won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. You might even be familiar with his first big role in “The Station Agent” or the part he played in “Elf.”
But did you know that Dinklage has been a vegetarian for almost 3 decades? Since the age of 16, the actor has felt that “animals used for food are treated like unfeeling machinery.” And, as season two of “Game of Thrones” draws to a close, he’s finding a new project to spend his time on – Dinklage is going to bat for farm animals.
He’s working along with a group of vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores to fight against the abuse of farm animals on factory farms by promoting Farm Sanctuary’s Walk For Farm Animals. Here’s the video he filmed with Farm Sanctuary:
This sort of advocacy isn’t terribly surprising coming from Dinklage, who is known for taking a stand on issues of personal importance. For years, Dinklage – who has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism – struggled to find television and movie roles because he’s tried to avoid roles which he felt were demeaning (i.e., Santa’s elves, Oompa Loompas, dwarves with pointy shoes and wild beards).
He’s also taken a stand in the past to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City.
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