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Hollywood Heavyweights Petition Obama to Help End Dolphin Slaughter

Written by Michelle Kretzer | February 7, 2014

Russell Simmons wasn’t kidding when he said that he wanted to challenge President Obama to use his influence to end the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. Russell penned a letter to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and asked her to deliver a petition to the president that urged him to refuse to sign the proposed Japan trade agreement until the Japanese government banned the capture and slaughter of dolphins. And Russell got help from some heavy hitters. The petition was signed by Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Silverstone, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel, Susan Sarandon, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Hudson, Kellan Lutz, Channing Tatum, William Shatner, Cher, and many more. Here’s hoping that Obama helps dolphins out—and that Japan does the same.

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In other celebrity news:

  • Some of the world’s most popular models are proving that they’re also models of compassion. Following in the footsteps of Pamela Anderson, Crystal Hefner, Joanna Krupa, and many more beautiful ladies with equally beautiful hearts, Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo and Daisy Fuentes are speaking up for the animals abused by SeaWorld:

  • And they’re in great company:

  • Is Sheryl Underwood channeling her inner Beyoncé? The Talk host has embarked on a month-long vegan cleanse for February. And if Bey’s satisfaction with it is any indication, Sheryl might go for round two in March.
  • When Colbie Caillat performed on The Today Show, she made a point of saying that her Stella McCartney dress was vegan, just like Colbie.
  • And PETA was getting a lot of love this week on Twitter:

To keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.

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  • Daria Fedyshyn says:

    I am so proud to be part of PETA! The horrific things done to these creatures makes me ashamed to be part of the so-called human raced. If I could get away with it, I’d hunt these despicable people and do unto them what they do unto these helpless creatures!

  • We need to multiply our information that we get from PETA by spreading words of action to our friends, businesses associates and acquaintances. Encourage them to connect with PETA so they can be informed and sign petitions like this one. We are growing in our efforts , all around the world things are happening. We just have to spread the word. Keep the emails going out every week to all the people who respect your dedication to animal welfare. Stuart Wisong, Angel Legacy for Animal Welfare.

  • Sherrie Hunt says:

    Thank you and hats off to you Russell Simmons for challenging President Obama to use his influence on stopping the egregious slaughter at Taiji! I hope he’s listening and does not sign the proposed trade agreement with Japan. I know this is silly but I’ve stopped eating sushi now for three years since the first time I saw the documentary, The Cove. I love, love, love sushi so I decided I would make my own cause to boycott anything Japanese that I could because of the dolphin slaughter.