Written by Jeff Mackey
Football season is about to, well, kick off. It's fitting
that in a sports league with so many teams named after animals—the Bears, the Eagles,
the Dolphins, the Lions, etc.—there are plenty of players who show compassion
for our furry, feathered, and finned friends. Here are 11 current and former
NFL pros whom the animals are glad to have on their team:
Sedrick Ellis (New
New Orleans Saints player Sedrick Ellis lives up to his
team's name in his PETA ad encouraging folks in the Big Easy and elsewhere to make plans to take care of animal
companions before emergencies happen.
©Photo: Josh Williams Photography. Grooming: Brandie Hopstein
Arian Foster (Houston
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster makes my hometown
proud with his outstanding skills on the field and makes animal advocates cheer
for his embrace of healthy and humane vegan foods.
Foster image: AJ Guel Photography| cc by 2.0
Lance Briggs (Chicago
Playing in the Windy City, linebacker Lance Briggs knows
what cold weather can feel like, which is why dogs don't belong outside in the wintertime,
as his PETA ad explains.
©Photo: Jimmy Fishbein www.jimmyfishbein.com
Glenn Dorsey (Kansas
Also speaking up for cold dogs is Glenn Dorsey, who posed
for a PETA ad with his dog
of whom he said, "Bugs don't care if we win or lose, he's still gonna love
©Photo: Matthew Collins, Makeup: Melissa Blayton
Aaron Curry (Oakland
Aaron Curry posed with his rescued dog Laila for a peta2 "Be Your Dog's
Biggest Defender" ad urging people not to chain their dogs.
© Photo: Christopher Record, Makeup: Adrian Howe
When he played for the Baltimore Ravens, Willis McGahee, now
on the Denver Broncos, bucked the cruelty of fur by baring his tats—and much
more—for a red-hot PETA "Ink,
Not Mink" ad.
© Photo: Ken Penn/www.kenpenn.com, Grooming: Tomara Watkins for Stilista Agency
Another Ravens player happy to show his skin to save animals' hides, Terrell Suggs is one of the toughest linebackers in the
NFL, but he considers the production of fur "cruel and evil" and will
never cross the line by wearing it.
© Photo: Gabrielle Revere/www.gabriellerevere.com, Makeup: Demi V./www.DemiV.com
Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta
Tony Gonzalez, a six-time Pro Bowl veteran, also stripped down for PETA, alongside his wife, October, to declare, "We'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear
© Photo: Robert Sebree, Hair: Eric Sebbag for The Cloutier Agency, Makeup: Camille Clark for The Cloutier Agency
Ricky Williams (retired)
Ricky Williams, a vegetarian, hosted PETA's faux–chicken-wing taste test, crowning Gardein's vegan
buffalo wings the winner.
Former NFL star Michael Strahan has a new job as co-host of "Live With Kelly and
Michael," but PETA helped keep him occupied making a public service announcement for "backyard dogs."
Drew Brees (New
Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, who are both lactose intolerant,
teamed up with dairy-free
brand So Delicious for a promotion benefiting the couple's charitable foundation—and anything that
encourages nondairy living also helps cows used for milk.
Brees photo: Ian Ransley Design | cc by 2.0
Even if you have no hope of making it to the Super Bowl, you can still be a champion for animals—learn how.
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.
Written by PETA
As temperatures across the nation start to plummet, we're releasing our new "Cold Dog" public service announcement (PSA) starring Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and his very dapper canine friend, 99.
There's no question that dogs who are stuck on chains or in backyard pens suffer from isolation, boredom, and loneliness year-round, but winter's snow, ice, and frigid temperatures pile even more anguish onto their bleak existences—and put them in danger as well.
Why is Lance inspired to draw attention to the plight of neglected dogs? In PETA's exclusive interview, he says, "One of the responsibilities, I believe, for not only football players but celebrities alike is to be able to give back … to not only to where you come from but to those that you love, you know, and animals are a big part of that."
Can the animals count on you to give back too? Honor the animals who have given you so much love by asking your local television station to air PETA's new ad—it might very well inspire others in your area to rescue dogs from the bitter cold. And be sure to check out Lance's print ad and share his new "Cold Dog" PSA with your friends and neighbors.
Written by Karin Bennett
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