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7 Celebrity Activists Who Love Helping Animals

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7 Celebrity Activists Who Love Helping Animals

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.

Ryan Gosling Animal ActivistImage: Xoyos.com

Ryan Gosling

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.)

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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10:54AM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

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11:24AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

I think Pink is also a animals' rights activist?

9:53AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

These are the kinds of celebrities it's worth looking up to. Thanks for sharing and add pauley perrette to the list. :)

1:29AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Its great that these people lend their voices and time to animals in need. Ellen is doing it all the time and has adopted one or two dogs. I forget their names tho

9:19AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Kristen Bauer Van Straten (Pam, from True Blood) is also a well respected animal advocate!

5:03AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

2:32AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

While I appreciate the efforts of these "celebrities" I realize that something is terribly wrong ... with me? I don't know any of the seven! Am I missing out on something?

6:55PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Please ...there are a lot of dogs suffering horribly in Ragley,Louisiana. Hoarding issue? Many dogs are locked together in non-ventilated trailers, more are locked up together in large cages...NO FOOD,NO WATER AND OBVIOUSLY...NO CARE!!!!!The Sheriff Ricky Moses 337-463-3281 IS NOT DEALING WITH THE SITUATION. THEIR ANIMAL CONTROL SAW THIS, TOOK TWO PUPPIES AND LEFT ALL THE OTHERS AT THIS HORRIBLE PLACE. No one seems to be coming to their rescue. There was a video taken for proof, then posted it on youtube-of course they took it down...no video, no proof! The video and who took it, have no idea what happened to the person filming...Facebook Orange For Animal Cruelty Awareness-Ccauses.com Tragic Hoarding Issue....Rural area, does not mean these dogs deserve to die. Is anyone out there going to let that area know, that it is NOT OKAY for these dogs to die?

2:19PM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

It's good to see that they use their celebrity status to speak up for the voiceless. Many thanks!

5:25AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

It is nice to see decent celebrities.

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