PETA Remembers Actor Kristoff St. John and His Compassion for Animals

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PETA joins fans of The Young and the Restless in mourning the loss of soap opera star and outspoken advocate for animals Kristoff St. John.

In a PETA PSA, Kristoff and his daughter Lola explained why they refuse to attend any circuses that use animals. After describing how circuses tear elephants away from their families, keep them chained, beat them with bullhooks, and shock them with electric prods to force them to perform tricks—and how circuses lock lions and tigers in cages so small they can barely turn around—the Emmy-winning actor asked, “What kind of life is that?”

Kristoff also bared all for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” series.

“In my TV job, I have to deal with some pretty ruthless characters,” he said. “But I can’t think of anything more heartless than to torment and kill animals in the name of fashion.”

After watching PETA’s “Meet Your Meat” video, Kristoff went vegan. He encouraged his fans to make that kind choice as well, tweeting:

“Cows are VERY intelligent animals. They mourn death, shed tears, and have best friends. They have FAMILIES.”

In remembrance of Kristoff and his compassion for animals, let’s all do something to show kindness—whether it’s pledging never to attend an animal circus, going fur-free, or ordering PETA’s free vegan starter kit for ourselves or for a friend. Click below to learn more:

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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