30 Celebrities Who Spoke Out Against Animal Cruelty
Do you get teary-eyed every time you hear Sarah McLachlan sing "Angel" on an ASPCA commercial? You're not alone. Thanks to big-time stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Gosling, Hollywood is taking a stand against the horrors of animal cruelty. If you just can’t wait to hear which stars skip fur coats on the red carpet, you've come to the right place. Take a look at the top 30 celebrities against animal cruelty.
With a last name like Barker, it'd be crazy if this long-time The Price Is Right host wasn't pro-animal. Surprisingly, Barker spent most of his life as an animal rights activist and a devoted vegetarian. This is where it gets good. Barker even founded a non-profit organization called the DJ&T Foundation.
Howard & Beth Stern
Hailing from Long Island, Howard and Beth Stern have been big-time animal rights activists for a long time. As a matter of fact, these lovebirds are known for encouraging others to adopt animals from rescue shelters. And get this: They teamed up with North Shore Animal League America to raise enough money to cover adoption fees for potential owners.
We all know and love Hayden Panettiere from the NBC show Heroes. But some of you may be shocked that America's sweetheart is also a hardcore animal rights activist. Here's the proof: Back in 2007, Panettiere joined up with protesters in Japan in an effort to stop local fishermen from hunting dolphins.
You may already know this, but Beatles singer Paul McCartney has been an animal lover since the early 1970s. Amazingly, he's even been hired as the official narrator of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) documentary, Glass Walls. His opinion was beyond radical: "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian."
In case you've been living under a rock for the last few decades, know that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has been fighting for animal rights since 1998. His mission is simple: to protect "the earth's last wild places and implement solutions to build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world."
If you already knew that Olivia Munn was a PETA ambassador, you get a round of applause. She's worked with the animal rights organization countless times on behalf of voiceless animals everywhere. And here's the thing: Olivia's not afraid to voice her opinion on animal cruelty in public either.
Everyone loves a Hollywood hottie with a heart of gold. And luckily for us, Ryan Gosling is the actor/humanitarian that we've all been waiting for. Gosling got his start in the fight against pet cruelty when he began writing letters to companies about animal rights advocacy.
If you're a fan of the American version of The Office, then you might already know Ricky Gervais from the original British version of the show. Regardless of his comedic talent, Gervais has been an extreme animal rights fighter for years. Check this out: Ricky is best known for attempting to bring an end to China's infamous Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
Imagine this: the star of the hit films Monster, Long Shot and Atomic Blonde is actually an animal lover too. Astonishingly, Theron has collaborated with PETA on several campaigns aimed at ending the fur trend. And in case you were wondering how she felt about the anti-fur movement, Charlize shared, "If you wouldn’t wear your dog, please don’t wear any fur."
Clearly, former Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus has a soft spot for animals. If you've ever followed Miley on Instagram, you know you’ll be bombarded with cute pictures of her and her many pets. Naturally, her love of animals extends to her diet too — Miley's been vegan for years.
As we mentioned above, Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt is more than just a good-looking actor. Besides joining Gosling in his fight about eggs at Costco, Pitt has done his fair share of activism work. He's teamed up with fellow humanitarian Leonardo DiCaprio to support animal-friendly legislation like Prop 12, too.
Picture this: actor, model and director Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries can add swoon-worthy humanitarianism to his list of accomplishments. Back in 2010, Ian created the animal-friendly organization Ian Somerhalder Foundation to support pet adoptions and no-kill shelters.
You might be surprised to find out that Hollywood starlet Hilary Swank is also the head of her own humanitarian organization. As the proud creator of the Hilaroo Foundation, Swank aims to "bring youth, who have been given up on, and animals, who have been abandoned, together to help heal one another through rescue, rehabilitation and responsibility training."
Let us take a wild guess. You had no idea that Gloria Steinem had such an enormous impact on the animal rights world. As a famous writer and feminist, Steinem is well known for her work for women's rights. However, it was only a few years ago that she joined PETA in the fight against bull-running in Spain.
Jared Leto is well known for his iconic roles in hard-hitting films like Requiem for a Dream and Suicide Squad. But when he's not busy filming another big movie, he spends his time as an official ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund. As of 2015, Jared has been traveling the world to spread the word about things like wildlife crime.
Model and actress Pamela Anderson is one of PETA's biggest supporters. On top of that, she's even an honorary director of PETA. So, it only makes sense that the bodacious blonde would form the Pamela Anderson Foundation to help "organizations and individuals that stand on the front lines in the protection of human, animal and environmental rights."
You may know P!nk for her crazy colorful hair and punk power ballads, but you may not know that she's a PETA partner. In fact, she took a stand against Ringling Bros. in 2011 for the alleged abuse and mistreatment of circus animals in their show. She even wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on PETA's behalf in 2011.
So, we've already mentioned that Sarah McLachlan's track "Angel" is basically the theme song of the animal rights movement. Filmed for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in 2007, her efforts have saved poor animals from bad homes and kill shelters, earning millions in donations for the ASPCA in the process.
Celebrated for her work on the mid-2000s hit show Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell has also made her mark as a passionate animal activist. As a supporter of many animal causes, she's already adopted pets and volunteered for understaffed animal shelters in her birthplace of Michigan.
Raise your hand if you remember Alicia Silverstone from the classic 1990s film, Clueless. Now, keep it up if you knew that Silverstone was a vegan way before it was trendy. On top of that, she's been an advocate for animal rights since she was a little girl.
To tell you the truth, Betty White has probably been an animal rights activist longer than anyone else on this list. As a long-time trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, she's even turned down acting work that involved any kind of cruelty to animals.
If you're a huge fan of Martha Stewart, then you probably already know that she's very vocal about animal rights. From abuse against farm animals to stopping horse-drawn carriage rides, Stewart has always been a big protector of defenseless creatures. And back in 2011, Stewart made the ultimate decision: becoming vegan.
For those who are unaware, Kellan Lutz rose to fame for his smoldering role in the tween-hit film Twilight. However, Kellan has also been spending his time as an ambassador for PETA commercials with his adopted dog Kola. In it, the pair encourages animal lovers to: "adopt, don't buy."
Kesha may not be known for her humanitarian side, but despite this, the TiK ToK artist was crowned as the official ambassador of the Humane Society International in 2011. As the first international representative of the Humane Society, it was Kesha's job to travel the globe to spread the word about animal rights.
Fans of the hit reality TV show Vanderpump Rules, rejoice! The resident queen of the show, Lisa Vanderpump, is a brilliant businesswoman with a soft spot for neglected pets. As an active supporter of animal rights, she's adopted a ton of pets from local animal shelters in Los Angeles, California, and runs The Vanderpump Dog Foundation.
Admit it. We all tune in to watch The Ellen DeGeneres Show every now and then. But one thing that isn't featured as prominently on the daytime show is Ellen's passion for animal rights. In spite of this, she was still named PETA's Woman of the Year because of her bold choice to toss animal products from her kitchen and bathroom shelves.
Project Runway host Tim Gunn knows how to "make it work" in the world of animal activism. Crazily enough, Gunn was named PETA's Man of the Year at the same time that Ellen received her PETA Woman of the Year award. Gunn was honored for narrating a video on PETA's behalf that talked about how animals are abused in the fur trade.
The famous Walk the Line actor might seem tough, but deep down, he's not as scary as he looks. Just think about his video collaboration with PETA to explore the use of exotic skins in major fashion houses. In PETA's own words, "Joaquin is calling for major fashion houses, such as Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, to choose compassion over cruelty."
It's incredible that high-fashion designer Stella McCartney has been a true animal rights and climate change activist for years. In fact, she even partnered with PETA to film an educational video about the leather industry. She's already spilled the tea about the fur industry's negative impact as well.
And now, it's time for the animal rights activist that we've all been waiting for: Gillian Anderson. Famously remembered as Scully from The X-Files, Anderson is now known for her work against pet cruelty. For starters, she mailed a letter to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begging him to help her stop seal slaughtering.