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6 Male Celebrities Advocating For Animals

When we browse the Internet or flick through the latest copy of Cosmo and catch a glimpse of our nation's most acclaimed celebrities flaunting their fur trimmed ponchos and their snakeskin shoes, don't all animal lovers die a little inside? What example are these people setting? I stand with the great philosopher Immanuel Kant on this one, "we [really] can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."

But which celebrities are flying the flag for animal rights?

Morrissey https://www.pinterest.com/pin/71635450293974296/

No doubt, Morrissey's big mouth will strike again. And for all the right reasons.A devout vegetarian from the age of 12, the Smith's star isn't one to hold back when advocating for animal rights. Even when touring, the singer makes it his business to spread the meat-free message. Whilst performing at the Los Angeles Staples Center in 2013, upon Morrissey's request, the 20,000 capacity venue reportedly made it their mission to serve up a 100% vegetarian menu. To the audiences' dismay, fans were denied their Big Macs and their Nuggets. McDonalds wouldn't open for business. Morrissey made sure of that. Those who sulked and winged on account of their non-existent animal-flesh fix were soon silenced by the bands rendition of 'Meat Is Murder', a track accompanied by nauseating video footage from factory farms and slaughterhouses. As this Charming Man quite rightly proclaims, "you cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals 'are not us'"

Paul McCartney http://burning-matches-lifting-latches.tumblr.com/...

The late Linda McCartney, God bless her soul, converted Paul to vegetarianism in 1975. This doesn't surprise me – her veggie sausage rolls are a what dreams are made of. Ever since then, Paul McCartney has made a name for himself as a passionate animal advocate. Being vegetarian 'n' all, Sir Paul thought it'd be best if he narrated and starred in PETA's 'Glass Walls': a shocking exposé of slaughterhouses, factory farms, live-animal transports and fishing industries. Despite Paul's best efforts, unlike Morrissey, his requests for a meat-free band tour were denied by the Staples Center. Booo! However, undeterred, McCartney's rider has been known to request a rather specific set of nature-friendly criteria including a ban on all food and furniture related animal products. Paul, you rock!

Leonardo Dicaprio https://twitter.com/hcnotredame/status/45695675148...

Leonardo Dicaprio is never far from my thoughts. His killer looks, award winning talents and boyish charms are enough to get any gals' blood pressure soaring. But why does our love for Dicaprio really sink deeper than the Titanic? Well, thanks to the abundant donations made by the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation, projects aimed to protect key species from around the globe including threatened shark, tiger and orang-utan populations have been given the thumbs up. In 2013 Leo teamed up with WWF in its 'Hands Off My Parts' campaign, which seeks to halt all wildlife crime. Dicaprio successfully rallied supporters who were quick to sign a petition calling on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to take action on Thailand's barbaric ivory trade. Our pleas didn't go unnoticed. For the first time EVER the Thai government publicly announced that they would be taking steps to abolish ivory trafficking. Impressive, huh? Who said you have to win an Oscar to become a total bad ass - not me!

Simon Cowell https://www.thedodo.com/simon-cowell-dog-testing-l...

Simon Cowell is renowned for donning a tough-man façade in the entertainment industry but there's one thing that liberates his softer side: animals, in particular dogs. The producer has been known to donate to several shelters, only recently handing over a whopping £25,000 to the UK's Manchester Dogs Home after one idiots brutal arson attack saw the death of over 60 dogs. And his generosity doesn't end here. When interviewed for men's mag Esquire, Simon revealed that he would be leaving his wealth, a colossal £225million, to charity – "probably kids and dogs". All hail Mr Cowell.

Ricky Gervais http://rickygervaisfame.com/news/ricky-gervais-sti...

With all fame comes fortune and like Mr Cowell, Ricky Gervais has also vowed to leave his millions to the animal charity sector. Whilst the comedian often jokes about matters of politics, he stands strong in his assertion that if he were to become President, his overriding objective would be to abolish all animal cruelty. When's the next election? Back down David Cameron, Gervias can take it from here. The comedian has backed several campaigns including those exposing the fur trade, blood sports and animal testing. At a time when social media dominates, Gervais certainly doesn't beat around the bush. His 10.4million Twitter followers are kept formally updated – "If you enjoy seeing an animal terrified or in pain you are a c*nt".

Joaquin Phoenix http://forum.viva.nl/forum/entertainment/flatteuze...

At the tender age of 3, Joaquin decided to become vegan. Not because his parents obliged him to, it was a decision he and his siblings took upon themselves. Alongside his narration of endless undercover footage including that of the exotic-skins industry and cruelty inflicted at Walmart's pork supply chain, Joaquin has written countless open letters to government officials regarding the Canadian seal slaughter, the humane treatment of sheep alongside the chaining of dogs. I urge you all to watch, with bated breath, the 2005 award-winning documentary film EARTHLINGS. Narrated by Mr. Phoenix himself, the film explores humanities greed in its use of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Note to self: watch on an empty stomach and position tissues at arms length. "It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal". I hear ya Joaquin.