Celebrities as Partners in Our Quest to Shed Light on Animal Abuse Throughout the World

By on June 24, 2015 with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Animal issues are in the headlines more than ever, due to a growing society-wide awareness about the plight of animals. Millions of Americans are committed to doing something about the wide range of problems that plague animals, and one key to galvanizing action is shining a spotlight on cruelty and calling attention to it. In that pursuit, the involvement of celebrities has been helping us draw more and more attention to the abuse of animals, and all of us at The HSUS are so grateful for their engagement.

This week, actor Ryan Gosling wrote, on our behalf, to Costco, asking it to make good on what it indicated it would do eight years ago: phase out the sale of eggs from hens in cages. We’ve been waiting patiently for favorable action from this giant food seller, but there’s been an inordinate delay and no signs that the company even has a timeline for reaching the goal. We announced our effort to get Costco to go cage-free with the release of grim footage from an undercover investigation we conducted at one of the most notorious egg production companies in the country – Hillandale Farms, the center of the nation’s biggest ever egg recall and a major Costco supplier. Our investigation drew enormous attention to the problem of cage confinement and Costco’s connection to these operations, including a major piece on ABC’s Nightline. And now Gosling’s statement has been heard throughout the world.

Ricky Gervais shared shock and disgust over the Yulin dog meat festival.

Ricky Gervais, Photo by Ray Burmiston

This week too, a host of celebrities, including Ricky Gervais, Kesha, Giselle Bundchen, Simon Cowell, Nikki Reed, and Leona Lewis, have shared their shock and disgust with the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Humane Society International is leading the fight to stop this appalling spectacle. Dogs in this southern Chinese city are bludgeoned and then butchered by the thousands to be eaten. Our team has identified that most of the dogs are stolen pets or strays, and it’s a black mark on any nation to tolerate this kind of conduct. More and more people in China are speaking up and acting to stop it forever.

This spring, Paul McCartney joined our efforts to stop the seal slaughter in Canada. Kate Mara starred in a video for us touting Meatless Mondays. Kaley Cuoco told her followers that eating horsemeat is wrong any day of the week. Priscilla Presley kept fighting alongside us to end horse soring. A number of celebrities have raised their voices against ag-gag bills, from Carrie Underwood to Martha Stewart.

We are working through so many channels to drive change, and we’re grateful for so many people in the entertainment industry who are using their voices to drive awareness about the biggest animal issues in the world.

Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Equine, Farm Animals, Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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  3. Lisa G. says:

    Maybe I missed it … but don’t forget Kristin Davis and her fight for elephants!

  4. Win says:


    With heartfelt gratitude, I salute to all the brave commitment of heroes, celebrities, lovers, volunteers of animals in all of Humane Society. Ricky Gervais your voice is 100% supported.

    You are a shining light to all of the animals of the world.

    Thank you!

  5. Rosa says:

    With Puerto Rico circling the drain who will rescue all the animals and get at least some of them to the mainland before they face an even worse fate than they have previously? People come first yes, but we absolutely have to be the voices for those that cannot speak. Airlines, travel companies, volunteer organizations, shelters across the USA, large corporations, each and every one of us can do something. HSUS website needs to make PR a priority as the mass exodus of people from their continues…

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