Why Charo Will Get All Our Votes on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Fans are probably hoping for flamenco guitar and infectious salsa beats as Charo joins Dancing With the Stars, which has its season premiere tonight. And while the sassy Spanish performer is doing her best step ball change, she’s also working to create positive changes for animals. Here are four reasons to vote for her this season:

  1. In this video for PETA, she urges Spanish and Latin communities to ban the “sport” of bull torture. Even as a child growing up in Spain, she recognized that bullfighting was “barbaric.” Her father took her to bullfights, and the sight of men taking turns wounding bulls until a matador (Spanish for “killer”) fatally stabbed the suffering animals made her determined to stop these cruel spectacles.
  2. Charo has sent personal appeals to government leaders urging them to ban bullfighting.
  3. She recorded a dance club hit and viral video titled “España Cañí: Dance, Don’t Bullfight.”
  4. When Pamela Anderson was competing on Dancing With the Stars, she called her paso doble (a traditional Spanish dance based on the interaction between a matador and a bull) “Dance, Don’t Bullfight,” and Charo helped out during rehearsals with the choreography.

What You Can Do

Help Charo advance on Dancing With the Stars by casting your vote, and help end bullfighting by contacting Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and asking that bullfighting schools be closed immediately.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind