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.
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 …
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.
The illegitimate love child of Chewbacca and an Ewok. This is Lucy. She goes by Lou. pic.twitter.com/TdLK7XoDCg
— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) July 27, 2016
Rick Perry: The former governor of Texas has a scruffy-looking pack of dogs back home in the Lone Star State.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) August 27, 2015
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.
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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