‘DWTS,’ Season 13—Chock-Full of Animal-Minded Celebrities!

Published by Beth Silvia.

After an unbelievable 22 seasons, Dancing With the Stars has come up with an eclectic group of celebrities for its 23rd season. We couldn’t help but notice a common theme: More than half of the 13 stars this year are mindful of animal welfare.

Marilu Henner: The actor and New York Times bestselling author has become a renowned health advocate. From weight loss to energy and health gains, she knows that food choices make all the difference. And her choice? A plant-based lifestyle.


Vanilla Ice: We all know that vanilla ice is vegan, but did you know that Vanilla Ice is vegetarian? With a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol, the man behind “Ice Ice Baby” gave up meat to save his life—also saving the lives of many animals by doing so.

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Maureen McCormick: The woman who will forever be known for playing the iconic role of Marcia Brady has been a vegetarian since right around the time that PETA sent her a vegetarian starter kit. Coincidence? Hmm …

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Terra Jolé: The breakout star of TLC’s Little Women LA is newly vegetarian and found a dog by the side of the road and shared the sweet story on her YouTube channel. (and she’s a vegetarian!)

Jake T. Austin: The teenage dream has two dogs, Bogey and Beju, and he admits that they live large: “They eat and live like kings. We have a huge property and a really nice house. I don’t think they realize how lucky they are.”

James Hinchcliffe: The Indy car driver has a dog who may or may not be related to Chewbacca.

Rick Perry:  The former governor of Texas has a scruffy-looking pack of dogs back home in the Lone Star State.

Ryan Lochte: The Olympic champ (and bad boy of professional swimming) has two dogs who have his heart, even when he’s away from them.

Jana Kramer: The country singer is so dedicated to her three pups that she takes them on tour, along with her baby daughter.

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On the road again! Doggies and baby on board #family

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OK: We wish Amber Rose, Laurie Hernandez, Calvin Johnson, and Babyface—whose animal sympathies may simply not be public knowledge yet—the best of luck, also.

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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