Olympians Are Golden to the Sochi Strays

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

It’s possible that for the first time in history, the most well-remembered story to come out of the Winter Olympics won’t be about anything that took place on the slopes, on the ice, or in the judge’s box. The most cherished story from these games may well be about the athletes’ banding together to help animals.

Stray Dog in Sochi Russia for Olympics

Last week, PETA reported on Gus Kenworthy, the American skier who will be returning to the states with a newly adopted mother dog and her four puppies. And this week, many more athletes have stepped up to save Sochi strays, including American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis; American hockey players Ryan Miller, David Backes, and Kevin Shattenkirk; and many Olympians from other countries as well.

Celebrities have been celebrating the Olympians’ kindness and urging others to adopt:

In other celebrity news:

  • Russian bobsledder Alexey Voevoda gave vegans another feather for their caps when the cruelty-free eater won gold. PETA U.K. interviewed Alexey, and when they asked him why he decided to go vegan, he had this to say: “At first, I approached it from a scientific standpoint. However, I then came to have some ethical views about this diet. I love happy, living animals!”
  • During On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ryan announced that he’s on day two of his vegan diet. We’re not sure if he’s doing a Beyoncé-esque cleanse or making a permanent commitment, but PETA is sending him a thank-you gift of delicious vegan goodies.

Many other stars have been busy bragging about their cruelty-free eats, too:

  • Sir Roger Moore has earned bragging rights as well. “007” and PETA U.K. convinced British retailer Fortnum & Mason not to sell vile foie gras in its new Dubai location.
  • Khloe Kardashian left little doubt as to how she feels about fur when she stepped out in New York City wearing a faux fur emblazoned with an unmistakable message.

Khloe Kardashian Would Rather Go Naked

  • Axl Rose and Queen guitarist Brian May are joining forces but not for the reason you might think. Both musicians are condemning the killing of Marius, the baby giraffe at a Denmark zoo who was killed and fed to other animals because he was considered “surplus.” Axl called the killing a “tragedy” and an “avoidable horror show,” and Brian stated, “Just as slavery was eventually recognised as an aberration – an outrage, and unsupportable in a decent society – so it will be, in the near future, that the rights of all creatures to a life worth living will be recognised, and behaviour like this will be deemed criminal.”

And we think Joanna Krupa and Ricky Gervais said all there is to say about the fact that Princes William and Harry, anti-poaching advocates, spend their time gunning down wildlife:

To keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.

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