9 Celebrities Who Are Huge Animal Activists

These famous faces have huge hearts for animals.

By Catalina Barrios

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What would you do if you had millions of dollars and a face that could be recognized anywhere? Celebrities are a part of our culture and agree with it our not, they have great influence. This is why it is wonderful to see these famous folks step up and do what’s right for animals.

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Many celebrities start their own foundations and are spokespeople for different charitable organizations. Lots of famous actors, athletes, and musicians fight for animal rights. These featured celebrities are just a few of the many who care deeply for animal welfare.

Let us know which of these awesome celebrities is your favorite…

1. Jared Leto

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As an ambassador for the World Wildlife Foundation, this Academy Award-winning actor, musician, and director has traveled around the globe raising awareness for critical issues facing our planet. Jared Leto traveled to South Africa to learn about how the WWF fights to preserve the life of white rhinos.

2. Simon Cowell

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The American Idol judge may be tough on contestants, but he is very gentle with animals. Cowell is a supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). He is an outspoken advocate for people to stop leaving their pets in cars and also dedicates some of his time to fight for the release of captive dolphins. In 2010, he rescued two small terriers that now enjoy the good life, living with Simon Cowell.

3. Pamela Anderson

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The Baywatch star is vegan and an animal rights defender as a key PETA spokesperson. Her advocacy can be spotlit by a campaign against seal hunting and a naked publicity stunt to advocate for the end of the use of fur in fashion.

4. Sarah McLachlan

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The Canadian singer, songwriter and animal lover is an active supporter of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Sarah made a touching plea for donations in a video designed for ASPCA; her song, Angel, plays in the background. Over $30 million has been raised thanks to Sarah’s lending of her celebrity status to benefit the care of vulnerable animals. Well done, Sarah!

5. Ellen DeGeneres

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My favorite talk show host (being in her audience is on my bucket list) and vocal animal welfare supporter, Ellen DeGeneres, has been helping animals in need and promoting the #adoptdontshop campaign for many years. Ellen has donated thousands and thousands of meals to shelter animals, as well as gives her time to fight against animal testing. For Ellen’s 60th birthday, her wife Portia, surprised her with a gift of a lifetime – Ellen’s own wildlife fund, “The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.”  Ellen has this to say about animals, “I love animals, and I want to protect them, especially when they’re endangered. We need these incredible creatures and they need our love and compassion to help save them.”

6. Howard and Beth Stern

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Did you know that the popular radio host celebrity, Howard Stern, and his wife are animal lovers? They actively participate with the North Shore Animal League. In the past three years the couple has fostered over 300 cats and kittens. They currently have 15 cats in their Palm Beach home – 10 rescues they are caring for temporarily and 5 residents.

7. Charlize Theron

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The South African animal lover and Oscar winner is actively involved with Best Friend Animal Sanctuary. It runs the largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals in the United States. Charlize is also passionate about helping WSPA-USA, an international welfare charity, and PETA. She advocates for the protection of South African wildlife. The actress is well known as the lead in PETA’s campaign: “If you wouldn’t wear your dog, please don’t wear any fur”.

8. Ke$ha

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The controversial singer is applauded for her hard work in animal rights. She gives voice to vulnerable animal populations such as, seals, lions, and sharks. Ke$ha is also a strong supporter of cruelty-free cosmetics. She is the first global ambassador for the Humane Society International and promotes its missions on her Social Media accounts.

9. Hayden Panettiere

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The American actress famous for her role in “Heroes,” is also an “on the ground” animal rights activist. In 2007, she participated in protest against Japanese dolphin hunting by swimming in the ocean with a group of activists. They placed themselves between the dolphins and the fisherman as a barricade to stop a hunt. Hayden was forced to flee the country as the Japanese police issued a warrant for her arrest after the fishermen managed to evade the protest.  She also manages a charity called “Panettiere’s Closet” where she regularly auctions off her outfits to raise money for wildlife preservation.

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