8 Celebrities We Love for Taking A Stand Against Animal Cruelty


These stars show you how you can support your furry friends, too



With celebrity comes a great amount of influence. Whether or not these personalities aspire to it (remember Rihanna’s "I don’t want to be a role model" moment?) being looked up to is pretty much out of their hands.


Thankfully, there are those who use their popularity to endorse more than mere movie projects, products or their photo shoots for magazines. These celebrities harness their star power to create a worthwhile dialogue about advocacies close to their hearts; more importantly, they get people to move, too. Here, we're putting those who stand up for animal rights in the spotlight.


Lauren Young

Photo via @lo_young Instagram

Photo via @lo_young Instagram

Photo via laurenlearns.com


On her 22nd birthday, the GMA actress swapped party plans for something more meaningful. “I knew that being an actress could only give me the satisfaction as long as I stayed in the business and I wanted to do something more with my life and career other than showbiz,” writes Young on her website. “GMA Network encourages their artists to celebrate turning a year older by giving back to their chosen charities or organizations . . . This year I decided to choose PAWS [The Philippine Animal Welfare Society] since their vision is something I truly believe and support.”


Young actively encourages friends and followers to “adopt, don’t shop,” using social media and laurenlearns.com to spread awareness and post news about animal shelters that need volunteers and donations.



Visit www.paws.org.ph to learn more.


Ryan Gosling


The Academy Award winner and La La Land star is well known for speaking out against factory farming. In 2011, he penned a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture about the unethical practices of Costco’s egg supplier: just one of many instances wherein Gosling shows it pays to go directly after the big men to fight for a cause.


“Video footage revealed abhorrent cruelty including rows upon rows of birds confined in filth-laden cages with the mummified corpses of their cage-mates—eating, sleeping, defecating and laying eggs on top of dead birds—and hens’ wings, legs and necks trapped in the corroded wires of their battery cages,” he wrote. “So many corporations are meeting public demand for more humane products and transparency in the food chain. I sincerely hope that Costco will set plans now to go completely cage-free for its eggs.”


Carla Abellana

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Photo via @carlaangeline Instagram


The Karelasyon star is one of the more active animal rights defenders in the local entertainment industry. A quick glance at her Instagram is telling. She is known for utilizing social media to call out neglectful pet owners, inform people about the implications of poaching and share tips on proper pet care. In reality, this is but a fraction of what she does for animal rights…because what’s better than an influential personality who actually walks her talk?


Long before becoming an actress, Abellana had already been working closely with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), where she volunteered as a college student. Today, she actively aids in the fight for animal rights as one of their celebrity ambassadors.



Coleen Garcia

Garcia is just one of the many celebrities who expressed their outrage over a controversial scene in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Oro, involving a dog being slaughtered. The producers violating the Animal Welfare Act or Republic Act 8485 means an actual crime was committed—caught on film, no less, for public consumption in the name of art. The Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award granted to the film has been taken back since. Here’s what Garcia had to say about the issue:


Photo via @coleengarcia Instagram


Leonardo DiCaprio


Beyond the overwhelmingly impressive Academy Award win, 206 nominations and 27 feature films is DiCaprio’s environmental advocacy, the actor and founder of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation recently executive produced a chilling documentary exposing the animal agriculture industry, making a case for going vegan. As world-famous director James Cameron puts it: “There is no such thing as a meat-eating environmentalist.”


Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret touches on the link between the corrupt animal agriculture industry, its unethical practices and pressing environmental matters like global warming, deforestation and water depletion, which are unfortunately just the tip of the iceberg. Click here to watch it on Netflix.



Ricky Gervais

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Photo via @rickygervais Instagram


If there’s something the quick-witted and oftentimes controversial English comedian doesn’t take lightly, it’s animal cruelty. “It’s not a fair fight. People shooting for pleasure, people wearing fur of endangered species. I don’t know what to do with them,” said Gervais, speaking out against cosmetics testing and bullfighting. “Why are you doing it? Why do you need that? It’s crazy.”



Visit http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/ to learn more.


Olivia Munn

Photo via @oliviamunn Instagram


In 2011, the American actress worked hand in hand with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to expose China’s fur industry. “When you think about even that little tiny trim of fur on your gloves or on your collar, that is still coming from an animal that had to endure so much pain just for you,” said Munn. “There’s nothing good about pretending like you don’t know.”



Heart Evangelista-Escudero

Evangelista-Escudero has done her fair share of protecting the welfare of animals: As the spokesperson of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, she called for graver penalties for animal rights violators and in 2012 worked with the organization to propose amendments to the Animal Welfare Act.


Photo via @iamhearte Instagram






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