Pia Toscano of ‘American Idol’ Hits a High Note for Animals

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Pretty, pleasant Pia Toscano bears a striking resemblance to another PETA pal—Lea Michele—and the similarities don’t stop at their lovely faces, with voices to match and rhyming monikers. Like Lea, Pia jumped at the chance to use her platform to help stop cruelty to animals.

In her debut single, “This Time,” Pia bids a powerful adieu to a bad boyfriend. And she thinks it’s time that everyone broke up with two businesses that are bad for animals: the fur industry and circuses

In an exclusive interview with PETA, Pia expounded, “It was very difficult for me to watch the videos on how fur coats are made and how these animals are brutally beaten and skinned alive. There’s no excuse for that.” And when talk turned to the circus, she was quick to express her disgust. “I’m a performer, and I make a conscious decision every time I get up on that stage to do what I love, but these animals, they don’t have a choice, they don’t have a voice, and they are not choosing this lifestyle.” 

Since animals don’t get to choose not to be forced to perform or killed for their fur, as Pia notes, it’s up to us to add our voices to the ever-growing chorus of people speaking up for them.

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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