In most instances, I couldn’t care less about what celebrities do with their private time. They’re just people, albeit with absurd amounts of money, and even that doesn’t make me interested in what they’re wearing or what stupid thing they named their baby.
Occasionally, however, a celebrity surprises me by acting like a contributing member of society. Every once in a while, celebrities actually put all that money and media attention to good use by attracting attention to a worthy cause or social issue.
Take the seven celebrities listed here, for instance. Each one has used their influence to create awareness about issues involving animals, from factory farming to eco-friendly products that protect pets and the planet from unnecessary toxins.
If you’re looking for some good news among all the crap about perfume lines and romantic scandals, this is the celebrity slideshow for you.
Earlier this month, Gosling wrote an op-ed for The Globe and Mail. Rather than promoting his latest movie, the article took a stand against the horrifying conditions in which commercial animals are kept before they meet the unfortunate fate of becoming our food.
Pigs in tiny crates suffer beyond anything most of us can easily imagine, wrote Gosling. They are unable even to turn around for weeks at a time, so that their muscles and bones deteriorate. And these extremely social and intelligent animals lose their minds from being denied any social or psychological stimulation at all.
I applaud NFACC [Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council] for working to improve life for Canada’s pigs, and I join Farm Sanctuary and Humane Society International in asking that it close this dangerous loophole by prohibiting the pork industry from confining pigs for weeks at a time – something I would never dream of doing to George, and that no compassionate Canadian would ever do to any animal.
(Stand with Ryan Gosling and help pigs in tiny crates by signing this Care2 petition.)