Written by Michelle Kretzer
Courtesy of Lelah Foster
a celebrity as the face of an animal rights campaign has helped PETA achieve
huge victories. For instance, vocal protests by Sir Paul McCartney and Alicia Silverstone helped convince NASA not to blast squirrel
monkeys with harmful doses of
radiation. Celebrities such as Olivia Munn
and Sarah Silverman
have helped publicize Ringling Bros.' cruelty to animals, which recently resulted
in the largest U.S. Department of Agriculture fine in circus history. And with
the help of Lea Michele,
the suffering of horses in New York City's carriage trade is garnering
Cho, the senior
manager of communications,
dishes about what it's like behind the scenes of some of PETA's most visible
What is one of
the most exciting things happening right now with PETA's work with celebrities?So
many professional athletes are enthusiastic
about getting involved. Tony Gonzalez,
Chad Ochocinco, Chase Utley, Gilbert Arenas, Amar'e Stoudemire, Willis McGahee, Lance Briggs, Chris Andersen, and many others are
allowing us to reach legions of sports fans about animal issues.
What is one of
your favorite celebrity stories?When
I first met Steve-O six years ago, I was
interviewing him about elephant
abuse that he had witnessed
as a student at Ringling's clown college. I recall him saying that he didn't
think vegetarianism was possible for him. Then
began the phone calls inquiring about feathers, leather, wool, and even animal
products in chewing gum! And just two years later, he had an "aha moment" in which he decided that
he didn't want to contribute to the unnecessary suffering of animals and went
vegan. He is one of the most inspirational people I've ever known, and I'm so
proud to call him a dear friend.
more animal-friendly than it used to be?Definitely.
Thanks to the Internet, we disseminate a lot more information, and it's
reaching powerful people. Major ad agencies are pledging never to use great apes, filmmakers are using computer-generated imagery rather than using live
animals, and TV shows and movies are including animal rights–related storylines. The support of so many
influential people in show business can only pay bigger dividends for animals
in the future.
the A-list party! Become a
PETA member today.
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And we're doing a double take. Everybody wants to know what Willis is talkin' about in his smoking-hot public service announcement for PETA. The record-setting running back plays offense for the Baltimore Ravens, but he's quick to play defense for animals to help prevent them from being killed for their fur.
Willis is the latest athlete to play for Team PETA, showing off his tats (and a whole lot more) in our "Ink, Not Mink" campaign. Our fantasy-worthy team includes Amar'e Stoudemire, Gilbert Arenas, Dennis Rodman, and Chad Ochocinco.
Want more Willis? You can see his, ahem, more revealing ad and read about his PETA shoot. And, of course, you can join Willis in saying "nevermore" to fur.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
UPDATE: PETA has received confirmation that the fur Nate was photographed wearing does not belong to him. He does not own any fur. PETA is thrilled to hear this.
After seeing photos of Boston Celtics point guard Nate Robinson playing dress-up in a giant "cat mink" fur coat that he reportedly received as a Christmas gift from Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, PETA wrote to Robinson asking that he donate the fur to … PETA. If he agrees, PETA will allocate funds equivalent to the value of the coat to pay for veterinary care for the dogs and cats of low-income Boston families.
By donating the coat, the slam-dunk champ would score major points for animals: In the letter to Robinson, PETA's Michelle Cho explains that animals killed on fur farms are bludgeoned, anally and genitally electrocuted, drowned, strangled, and skinned alive. He would also join the ranks of the scores of impressive athletes who have stood up for animals, including Amar'e Stoudemire, Chad Ochocinco, Tony Gonzalez, and Gilbert Arenas.
If you or someone you know is harboring a hide and would like to see it used to help a person or animal in need, please consider donating it to PETA.
Three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas is proof that one man can double-team fur industry cruelty. First, he bared it all in his "Ink, Not Mink" ad, and today he hosted PETA's fur-coat giveaway in Washington, D.C., where donated coats were handed out to the homeless:
Only those who can't afford to buy coats to keep them warm have any excuse to wear fur. Do you have any skins that you'd like to shed from your wardrobe? Donate them to PETA, and your old fashion faux pas could help a person in need or become bedding for an orphaned animal.
Written by Logan Scherer
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.