Hollywood Heavyweights Petition Obama to Help End Dolphin Slaughter

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

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.

Russell Simmons©StarMaxInc.com

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:


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