While there are many animal loving celebrities, these ten are going above and beyond for them. They raised their voices against animal abuse and cruelty. Animals are voiceless and rely on us to be their voice.You will be inspired by reading about these celebrities who are doing good acts to make the world a better place for animals. Hats off to them!
An avid environmentalist and animal lover, Ian was born in Louisiana. At a young age he was already exposed to the diversity of nature in their own backyard. It’s how he became the kind-hearted and generous man that he is. Somerhalder founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation in late 2010. The foundation seeks to empower, educate, and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. His foundation promotes preserving the environment, adopting, spay/neutering clinics, preserving animal habitats and offers grants to animal welfare organizations. He had rescued pets and took care of them in his own home.
He started the foundation, “Because for Nikki and me, ISF means being a part of a family who refuse to allow the degradation of our environment or the mistreatment of animals to go on any longer. It means standing together, empowering one another so we can go sustainably into our future.”
To get animal protection on the global agenda, he participated in the #MovetheUN campaign. He also owns the ISF Emergency Medical Care Grant for Animals, a shelter for rescued animals. He uses his social media pages to support animal rights and welfare. Somerhalder is only in his 40s, but his interests in the environment should be watched carefully. His new wife, Nikki Reed, is also an environmental advocate. On top of it all, along with his wife, they have adopted many animals.
“I don’t want to protect the environment, I want to create a world where the environment doesn’t need protecting.”
Vegan beauty Alicia Silverstone uncovers the cruelty of the down industry, in which many birds have their feathers yanked out while they are still alive. The star, who leads a plant-based lifestyle, has long been vocal about being an animal activist, partnering with PETA, the non-profit organization that champions animal rights, on PSAs and campaigns since she was in her teens.The activists has spoke up against animal testing on cosmetic products, benefits of going vegan, and factory farming.
Silverstone’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Wool” billboard is scheduled to be unveiled in Times Square today (at 40th Street and 8th Avenue) to engage consumers and have them consider each purchase during the busiest shopping season of the year: Black Friday. Her website, The Kind Life, delves into the benefits of a vegan life and promotes animal rights issues. She has personally adopted many dogs and urges others to adopt.
“The only thing that makes any sense about being a celebrity to me is this — being able to make a difference,” she stated.
Mirfield-born Hollywood star Sir Patrick Stewart fostered a pit bull named Ginger in 2017 that changed his life. She inspired him to stand up for pit bulls as a breed and end discrimination. The actor is backing a campaign to end dog fighting. Sir Patrick, who is also calling for the repeal of the UK’s Dangerous Dogs Act in favour of better education on dog ownership , took to Facebook to speak out on the cruelty of dog fighting and has partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in finding new homes for dogs previously used for fighting. He also appeals for people who can adopt the dogs to get in touch with the charity.
He told People magazine, “I find that my relationship to the world and to the news every day in the papers and on the television has been changed by Ginger, because she has brought such a quality of patience and tolerance and fun into our lives, that it has, in a very short space of time, shifted my sense of where our world might be going.”
This award-winning actor is an honorary board member for International Fund for Animal Welfare. “Elephants, tigers and other wildlife are in crisis due to poaching, habitat loss and human activities. That’s why public education is important. Join me and IFAW in taking action for animals.”
He has urged his followers on social media to protect sharks in California and elephants in Africa. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, they support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.
Oscar winner Casey Affleck is shining a spotlight on the cruel and archaic use of animals in circuses. The vegan actor uses his voice to speak up for animal rights. Traveling circuses use billboards, commercials, and other promotions to advertise a good time for the whole family but their shows are no fun for the tigers, lions, elephants, and other animals who are forced to perform meaningless tricks under the threat of violence with sticks, bullhooks, whips, and electric prods. Subjected to beatings, isolation, and neglect, these animals will continue to languish and suffer at the hands of circuses for the sake of profit so long as the public continues to pay admission fees.
When asked why he went vegan he said, “When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, because they are unhealthy, and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.”
The actor and longtime PETA supporter Gillian Anderson said she would rather go naked than wear fur. She teamed up with PETA to raise awareness of the cruel and inhumane conditions of fur farms. In the past she has taken a stand against testing on animals and protecting elephants. Animals on fur farms are denied everything that’s natural and important to them. To slaughter them, fur farmers often use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available. They’re often confined to cramped, filthy cages before being beaten to death, strangled, anally electrocuted, gassed, poisoned, or even skinned alive so that their fur and skin can be made into coats, scarves, gloves, jacket trim, and boots.
“This is my body. It’s mine to do with as I please. And today, I’m using it to stand up for animals and their right to exist as they please—with their skin still attached, naturally,” stated Anderson about posing nude for PETA campaign.
The longtime vegan activists and award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix is a known advocate for animals and longtime vegan, and he has already tackled the barbaric leather industry, famously donning vegan leather to play the role of Johnny Cash. He has worked with animal welfare organizations to speak out against the leather and wool industry. In 2006, Joaquin sent an open letter to Markos Kyprianou, European Commissary in charge of consumers’ health and protection, to introduce in the European Community laws for a strict labelling of fur.
“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal,” Phoenix said.
This actress and her actor husband, Dax Shepard, see their pets as their children. Kristen Bell is a tireless advocate of animal rights, and a vegetarian since the age of 11. The Heroes actress took the top honor in PETA’s “World’s Sexiest Vegetarians” award in 2006, and told the organization of her love for animals.
“They’re just kids I didn’t birth,” said Bell. She is passionate about helping shelter pets find loving forever homes. Bell often attends fund raisers for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Aspca) and other non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting animals.
“There are so many wonderful pets in shelters around the country ready and waiting to find a home. If they don’t get adopted, they get euthanized. So breeding more animals just doesn’t make sense to me,” she told People.
She is famous for her popular talk show and as an animal activist. Her contributions to animals, works with multiple animal welfare organizations to raise awareness and support campaigns, donating millions of meals to shelter animals through her pet food brand- Halo, and also stands up for the protection of elephants. She has rescued and adopted many animals with her wife, Portia de Rossi. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have a heart for animals. And we love them for it. Ellen is so committed to helping animals, she rescues as many as she can and finds them homes. Both Ellen and Portia live a vegan lifestyle. Recently, her wife gifted her with the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, which is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the endangered Mountain Gorilla and other innocent animals.
“I wish we lived in a world where caring for animals wasn’t so rare that it deserved an award. All I do is treat animals with the respect and dignity they deserve. I hope someday soon, everyone does the same,” said DeGeneres.
After he retired from a successful career as a comedian and former host of The Daily Show, he devoted his life to helping animals in need. He and his wife, Tracey, are longtime animal activists that dreamed of one day opening a safe haven for animals. In October 2015, Jon and Tracey announced a partnership with Farm Sanctuary in order to open its fourth location in New Jersey. At the time, the Stewarts were also the recipient of the Gift of Life Award, which is presented to individuals who promote compassion for farm animals.
Stewart joked about his new adventure, “I’m a little uncomfortable. I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the world of Washington politics and the media landscape, so I don’t know how to deal necessarily with people who have empathy.” The couple now spends their days rescuing and caring for animals.