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Is it Illegal to Kill a Praying Mantis? Are...
It may be illegal depending on which state you are in, but even if it is legal in your state, there are other reasons not to kill one.
10 Arguments For and 13 Against Zoos
As children, we're taught that zoos save endangered species and educate the public about animals, but zoos are not that simple and the arguments for and against zoos concern the treatment of the animals as well as the real lessons that children learn.
How You Can Get Pet Food If You Can't Afford It
Are you having trouble affording dog food and cat food? There are resources to help you get free dog food and cat food.
Is Veal One of the Cruelest Foods?
With the extreme confinement and cruelty, veal has become the symbol for what is wrong with factory farming.
5 Arguments For and 4 Against Hunting
The arguments for and against hunting are both practical and ethical. This page explains the arguments about wildlife management, ethics, recreation, and human/deer conflicts.
How Circus Elephants Are Sometimes Abused by...
Elephants in circuses sometimes experience abuse at the hands of their trainers, including beatings, confinement and electrical shocks. Part 2 of a 4-part series. Bullhooks, rampages, and unnatural behaviors.
Why Vegans Don't Eat Honey
While arguments against honey may not be as easy to understand as those against meat or fur, for vegans, any exploitation of an animal is a violation of that animal's rights. Because honey comes from bees and bees are animals, honey is an animal product and therefore not vegan.
Why Vegans Don't Wear Silk
Some people are surprised that vegans don't wear silk. Find out what silk is, how silk is made, and why vegans don't wear silk.
Arguments For and Against Genetically Modified...
Arguments for GMOs seem compelling - crops that grow faster, with less fertilizer, less pesticides, and more nutrients. But in our rush for solutions, are we overlooking the risks?
8 Arguments Against Animal Rights
Eight of the most common arguments against animals rights, as well as responses to those arguments.
Easy instructions for a DIY homemade, humane...
Step by step instructions, with photos, for how to make a humane, homemade fruit fly trap. And chances are, you won't have to buy anything.
How Many Animals Are Killed Each Year for Human...
Animal Rights Numbers - How many animals are killed each year for food, vivisection, fur, and hunting?
Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder No Longer...
After years of being cruelty-free, Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder began animal testing again in 2012 in order to sell their products in China, which requires animal testing.
Why It’s Wrong to Conduct Tests on Animals
Vivisection FAQ: Why do animal rights activists oppose animal experimentation? Isn’t there a law to protect animals in laboratories? Doesn’t the end justify the means?
10 Most Talked-About Animal Rights Issues
The top 10 animals rights issues, including human overpopulation, veganism, factory farming, animal experimentation, pets, and hunting.
Why You Shouldn't Give Your Pets Away
Giving animals away free to a good home can lead to your pets being abused, tortured, killed and/or used for experiments.
Do Animal Rights Activists Want to Take My Pets...
Do Animal Rights Activists Want to Take My Pets Away? Because of pet overpopulation, just about all animal activists would probably agree that we should spay and neuter our cats and dogs. But there would be some disagreement if you were to ask whether we should keep and breed cats and dogs if all the shelters were empty and there were good, loving homes available.
Anthropomorphism and Animal Rights
What is anthropomorphism? What's wrong with anthropomorphism? Why are animal rights activists often accused to engaging in anthropomorphism?
Do Hunters Pay for Wildlife Conservation?
Hunters in the United States claim that they pay for wildlife conservation, but the truth is that they pay for a very, very small portion of wildlife conservation in the United States.
Animal Protection Groups Pay $15.75 Million to...
The Humane Society of the US, a law firm, and several other animal protection groups have paid Ringling Bros. $15.75 million to settle a lawsuit.
Obama Criticized for Eating Dog Meat
Romney strapped his dog Seamus to the roof of his car and Obama ate dog meat. What do these incidents mean in terms of animal rights?
Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
Easy recipe for vegan chocolate cupcakes and chocolate icing
What do Vegans Eat? How is Veganism More than a...
What is veganism? Veganism is not a fad diet, but in fact, a philosophy and a way of living that encompasses more than what is on your plate.
What's Wrong with Chicken?
Chicken consumption in the United States has been on the rise since the 1940s, but concerns about animal rights, factory farming, sustainability, and human health are causing some people to swear off chicken meat and go vegetarian and vegan.
How Many People Are Accidentally Shot by...
Ever wonder how many people are killed or injured in hunting accidents? According to the International Hunter Education Association, approximately 1,000 people in the US and Canada are accidentally shot by hunters every year
How to Live With or Get Rid of Canada Geese
Whether you want Canada geese to leave or you want to find a way to live with them, there are humane, nonlethal solutions.
Important Facts About the Animal Welfare Act
Summary of the Animal Welfare Act - Which facilities are covered? Which animals are covered? Which animals are exlcuded? How does the AWA protect animals? What are the AWA regulations? What are the criticisms of the AWA?
What is Poaching?
Whether an activity constitutes. Animal Rights.
12 Myths about Animal Rights Activists That...
A number of myths stand in the way of the public’s understanding of animal rights. Below are a dozen of the most popular animal rights myths, along with some facts about animal rights.
Factory Farming FAQ
Factory farming is the modern practice of raising animals for food in extreme confinement, in order to maximize profits. In addition to intense confinement, abuses usually associated with factory farming include massive doses of hormones and antibiotics, battery cages, debeaking, tail docking, gestation crates, and veal crates.
Minnesota Passes Beagle Freedom Law
Minnesota has passed the world’s first law that requires laboratories to adopt out healthy dogs and cats after the research is over.
Farewell
After six years as the Guide to Animal Rights for About.com, it's time for me to move on.
Vegan vs. Vegetarian: What's the Difference?
A vegan is a kind of vegetarian, but not all vegetarians are vegans. Vegans do not eat milk, eggs or honey, but veganism goes beyond diet.
How the Animal Rights Movement Developed Over...
Timeline of the modern Animal Rights Movement, including major milestones, setbacks and accomplishments.
Speciesist Culture
He wanted to do the right thing, is the animal rights version of What was she wearing?
Is Humane Meat Really Humane?
Most people would probably agree that factory farms are cruel, but is certified humane meat the answer? Animal activists argue both sides.
India to Ban Cosmetics Tested on Animals
India is expected to soon pass a law banning the testing of cosmetics on animals, and is considering a ban on the importation of cosmetics tested on animals.
How to Get Free Media Publicity
Learn how to get free media publicity through press releases, public service announcements and calendar listings.
What Do Activists Mean by 'Animal Rights'?
What are animal rights? Do animal rights activists want animals to have the same rights as people?
Why Should Animals Have Rights?
Giving animals rights may seem like a strange idea, and may even seem offensive or ridiculous. Why do animal rights activists want animals to have rights?
What's Wrong with Wool? Why Don't Vegans Wear...
Aside from the animal rights arguments against using and exploiting animals, there are specific reasons why wool is a product of cruelty.
Since Vegans Kill Animals, Is There No Such...
Do vegans kill animals? Is it true that there is no such thing as a vegan? Is it possible to live completely free of animal products? What are some hidden animal products?
What Are Cruelty-Free Products?
What are cruelty-free products and where can I buy cruelty-free products? The answers are not always clear, and cruelty-free products are not always vegan.
Should I break a car window to save a dog in a...
What should I do if I find a dog in a hot car? What are the possible legal consequences of breaking in to rescue a dog in a hot car?
Is Cow's Milk a Human Health Risk?
Cow's milk is not necessary for human health and numerous studies link dairy consumption with various health risks.
Human Overpopulation
Human overpopulation is an animal rights issue as well as an environmental issue and a human rights issue. Human activities take habitat away from wild animals as well as kill animals directly.
It's the difference between exploitation and...
The difference between zoos and sanctuaries is the difference between exploitation and rescue.
What are Ag-Gag Laws and Why Are They Dangerous?
In 2011, bills to prohibit undercover videos of farms were introduced in several state legislatures including Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and New York.
Why are factory farmed animals given antibiotic...
Factory farms cannot afford to care about animals collectively or individually. The animals are merely a product, and antibiotics and growth hormones such as rBGH are employed to make the operation more profitable.
What Is the Difference between Animal Rights...
Although animal rights and animal welfare frequently fall on the same side of an issue, there is a fundamental difference between the two ideologies: the right of humans to use animals.
What is Animal Cruelty?
The term animal cruelty gets thrown around a lot, but an animal activist's definition of animal cruelty may be very different from that of a hunter, a vivisector or a farmer.
Basic Tenets of Animal Rights
Animal rights is the belief that animals have an intrinsic value separate from any value they have to humans, and are worthy of moral consideration. They have a right to be free of oppression, confinement, use and abuse by humans. Here's why.
Animal Fostering and Rescue Expenses:...
Are animal fostering and rescue expenses tax-deductible? After a June, 2011 U.S. Tax Court decision, it depends on several factors.
Aquariums and Animal Rights - What's Wrong with...
Why do animal rights activists oppose aquariums? Do fish have rights? What are the concerns about keeping marine mammals in captivity?
What is Civil Disobedience?
What is civil disobedience, and how and why is it used?
Foie Gras
Animal rights activists oppose all uses of animals and advocate veganism, but many consider foie gras to be particularly cruel.
Overabundant deer? Hunters pay for land? Learn...
Sort out the hunting myths from the hunting facts. Learn the facts about hunting, wildlife mangement, and Lyme disease that hunters don't want you to know.
What’s Wrong with Grass-Fed Beef?
Although the production of feedlot beef is widely recognized as environmentally irresponsible, few people realize how destructive grass-fed beef is.
The Obama Administration's Animal Protection...
Where does U.S. President Barack Obama stand on animal rights issues, and what is his administration's animal rights record? This site will be updated continuously throughout Obama's administration.
What's Wrong with Eggs?
What's wrong with eating eggs? Eating eggs is bad for animals, the environment and human health.
Should Zoos Keep Endangered Species?
Zoos are widely regarded as guardians of endangered species, so why do animal rights activists claim the zoos are abusive and cruel?
What is a Battery Cage?
Battery cages are used in factory farming for egg-laying hens. How big is a battery cage, and why do animal advocates object to battery cages?
What Does "No Animals Were Harmed" Mean?
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What is the LD50 Test?
Definition of the controversial LD50 test, or Lethal Dose 50 test, an issue in animal rights and vivisection.
Milk Facts - What's Wrong with Milk?
Objections to milk include animal rights concerns, environmental issues and human health risks.
What is Animal Abuse?
What is animal abuse, and how does it differ from animal cruelty?
Why shouldn’t animals be considered...
Animals should not be considered property under the law because unlike inanimate objects, they are sentient beings with their own lives and interests.
What's Wrong with Dog Shows?
What are the arguments against dog shows, and how can both breeders and animal rights activists both say they are concerned about the welfare of the dogs?
Horse Racing and Animal Rights - Whats Wrong...
What kinds of cruelty or abuse are involved in horse racing, and what is the animal rights position on horse racing? What are the animal welfare concerns about horse racing?
What’s Wrong With Cage-Free Eggs?
Horrible images of hens in battery cages sometimes inspire people to buy “cage free” cartons of eggs. But cage free does not mean cruelty-free.
What is the Solution to Factory Farming?
The cruelty of factory farming is well-documented, but what is the solution? Why can't we continue eating meat and other animal products and just treat the animals humanely?
What's Wrong with Fish Farms?
While some believe that fish farming is the solution to overfishing, they do not take into account the environmental destruction and the inherent inefficiency of animal agriculture.
What Will Happen to the Animals if Everyone...
If everyone goes vegan, what would happen to the animals? Won't we have to kill them anyway? Will some of them be pets?
What’s Wrong with Livestock Grazing on...
The Bureau of Land Management manages 256 million acres of public lands in the United States, and allows livestock grazing on 160 million acres of that land. Environmental, taxpayer and wildlife advocates object to the grazing of livestock on public lands for different reasons.
What is Speciesism?
What is speciesism, and why is it important?
What is a Veal Crate?
What is a veal crate, and why is it controversial?
Animals as Property
On a philosophical level, abolishing the property status of all animals would be a great step forward in animal rights, because it would make it more difficult, if not impossible, for animal exploiters to continue using animals. On a more practical level, there are important legal reasons, right now, why pets should not be treated as property, so the debate over the property status of animals usually centers around pets
How to Tell Fake Fur From Real Fur
Is it fake fur or real fur? Labels are not always correct, and you can't always tell by looking and touching, but there is one fool-proof test.
Grassroots Lobbying
Grassroots Lobbying 101 - This page will explain what grassroots lobbying is, why you should do it, and how to do it.
Neuroscientists Declare Animals Have Consciousn...
On July 7, 2012, neuroscientists at the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and non-Human Animals signed the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which states that animals have consciousness and that humans are not unique in having consciousness.
Elephant from Water for Elephants Movie Abused
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What Can Vegans Eat?
What can vegans eat? Vegans can eat anything, but choose not to eat certain things.
Veganism is Not a Sacrifice
Many consider veganism to be an exercise in self-denial and self-sacrifice, but it's not a sacrifice to give up something that wasn't ever rightfully yours.
What is Shellac and How is it Not Vegan?
Shellac is used in foods as well as paint, nail polish and other applications. Shellac is not vegan.
Fur, Cruelty and Animal Rights - Trapped in the...
Fur and Animal Rights: Approximately 10 million animals are trapped and killed worldwide each year for fur. Several U.S. states and many countries have banned the steel-jawed leg hold trap, which is notorious for its cruelty. Trappers now get around this ban by using other types of traps, including snare traps, conibear traps or leg hold traps with a thin layer of padding added. If you spend time in the woods with your dog or cat, it is important to learn how to release these traps.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...
Profile, history and background of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Ducks and Geese are live-plucked and slaughtere...
Down coats and comforters have a very serious downside - animal cruelty.
Interview with Sea Shepherd Founder Captain...
Interview with Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, about Greenpeace, pigs, fish, meat-eating environmentalists and the TV series Whale Wars.
McDonald's and Animal Rights
McDonald’s is the world’s largest user of beef, and of all companies, probably has the most colorful animal rights history. From the longest trial in British history, to the non-vegetarian french fry scandal, to their support of factory farming practices, McDonald’s seems unable to keep themselves out of the campaigns of animal activists.
What is Dolphin-Safe Tuna?
Do some cans of tuna contain dolphin meat? How are dolphins harmed in tuna fishing? What is dolphin-safe tuna? Should I buy dolphin-safe tuna?
'Earthlings' Review
Review of the documentary film 'Earthlings' on DVD. Two-thirds of the footage is undercover videos, taking the viewer to places where video cameras would probably never be allowed, including a circus elephant training facility, where an elephant trainer explains to a new employee how to dig the hook into an elephant’s flesh and twist it in order to teach the elephant to obey.
What Are Feedlot Beef, Organic Beef and...
What are the Differences Between Grass Fed Beef, Organic Beef and Feedlot Beef? How do they compare environmentally?
What is Jacklighting?
What is jacklighting, and why is it illegal in some areas?
What is an Endangered Species?
: Under the Endangered Species Act , an endangered species is "any species which is in danger of extinction
Horses Carts and Carriage Horses
Concerns about working conditions and threats to the health and safety of both people and horses are some of the arguments against horse carts and carriages.
Vegan Diet
What is a vegan diet, and how is it different from a vegetarian diet?
NIH Stops Chimp Experiments
The U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) decided in December of 2011 to freeze funding for new research involving chimpanzees.
Police Dogs and Search and Rescue Dogs
Police dogs and search and rescue dogs are not often discussed as an animal rights issue, since there are so many other issues that affect and harm more animals. When discussions of police dogs, search and rescue dogs and animal welfare come up, the issue is usually about protecting the dogs while they are working in dangerous situations, and not about whether dogs should be used in this way.
Are Hunters Environmentalists?
Hunters often tout their role in conserving the environment, but are they really environmentalists?
Why Do We Have Factory Farming?
Why do we have factory farming when so many people believe in animal welfare and object to factory farming?
Poll: 14% Would Choose Pet Over Partner
A poll conducted by the Associated Press and Petside.com found that if asked to choose, 14% of Americans would choose their pet over their significant other.
Why is the term “guardian”...
The state of Rhode Island and several towns across the U.S. have changed the word “owner” to “guardian” in their laws relating to companion animals.
What is Cultural Carrying Capacity?
What is cultural carrying capacity, and how does it differ from biological carrying capacity?
Pollo-Vegetarian Diet
What is a pollo-vegetarian diet, and how is it different from a vegetarian diet?
Factory farmed animals wouldn't grow if they...
Factory farms can't be that bad if the animals are still eating and gaining weight, can they? Farmed animals are slaughtered before they can die of stress.
Arguments For and Against Horse Slaughter
While animal advocates argue against horse slaughter, some horse breeders and owners say that horse slaughter is a necessary evil. Issues include overbreeding, horse racing, and financial factors.
Living with Black Bears - Minimizing Human/Blac...
Black bears are timid creatures, but they get in trouble when they go through garbage cans, or break into cars, garages, sheds and enclosed porches. By following a few common sense guidelines, we can minimize conflicts with black bears and learn to live in harmony with these magnificent creatures.
What does an animal rights attorney do?
There is no one area of law in which all animal rights attorneys practice, because animal issues span many areas of law. Animal rights lawyers have a variety of types of practices.
Sex and Sexism in the Animal Rights Movement
Sexual campaigns and misogynistic language do little, if anything, to help the animal rights movement, but cause a great deal of harm to the movement itself as well as society as a whole. Attacks on someone’s gender, race, religion, class, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation are never justified. Page 2.
What’s Wrong with Eating Fish?
The reasons for not eating fish range from animal rights concerns to the effects of overfishing on the environment.
Endangered Species Act
What is the Endangered Species Act? What is the purpose of the ESA? What activities are prohibited under the ESA, and which federal agencies administer the ESA?
The Copenhagen Zoo is not the only zoo to kill...
The Copenhagen Zoo became the center of worldwide controversy when they killed Marius the giraffe in February of 2014, but zoos regularly kill animals after overbreeding.
How to Organize Protests and Demonstrations
How to organize and publicize protests and demonstrations.
The Truth About Mandatory Spay Neuter Laws
Some people believe that mandatory spay/neuter laws mean that breeders will be outlawed, and no one will have pets any more. That is absolutely not the case.
What is Carmine or Cochineal?
Carmine, or cochineal, is a red coloring that comes from a beetle. Most vegans and vegetarians avoid products containing carmine.
Vegan Gift Guide
Whether it's a holiday, birthday, graduation or other occasion, choosing a gift for a vegan might seem like walking through a mine field. Here are some do's and don't's for vegan gift giving. Learn how to choose a gift for a vegan.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and Animal...
Background and history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; Cruelty to the dogs and other animals, including culling, beating, whipping and deaths, from an animal rights perspective.
If we all spay and neuter our cats and dogs,...
Cats and dogs will not become extinct because of spay/neuter campaigns, and here's why.
Fur, Cruelty and Animal Rights - Factory Farmed...
Fur and Animal Rights: Approximately 30 million animals are raised in cages and cruelly killed worldwide for fur every year. Minks are the animals most commonly raised on fur farms, but foxes, chinchillas, rabbits, dogs and other animals are also victims. Animals raised on fur farms live in intense confinement, and suffer psychologically. Methods of killing on fur farms include breaking the animal's neck, gassing, lethal injection, genital electrocution and anal electrocution.
Fifty Exotic Animals Killed in Zanesville OH
Terry Thompson apparently released 56 of his exotic animals, including lions, tigers, wolves, leopards and bears, before committing suicide on October 18, 2011. Authorities killed 48 animals, one was hit and killed by a motorist, one monkey was killed by one of the big cats, and six animals were taken to a zoo.
What is Biological Carrying Capacity?
What is biological carrying capacity, and how is it different from cultural carrying capacity?
How are Deer Managed by State Wildlife Agencies?
Learn about the financial incentives for state wildlife agencies to manage deer as a resource for hunters, as well as the strategies to increase the deer population on state wildlife management lands, including clear-cutting, farmer lease programs and plantings of deer-preferred vegetation. Includes quotes from state agencies of Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.
What is Forced Molting?
Forced molting is a cruel practice used by factory farms to increase profits from egg-laying hens.
Vegan FAQ
Vegan FAQ: How do you get your protein? Isn't it hard to be vegan? Haven't we evolved to be omnivores? Plus other common questions about veganism.
Include Mice, Rats and Birds in the Animal...
Most people don't realize that the Animal Welfare Act exempts most animals used by humans, including 95% of the animals in laboratories.
Animal Rights Activists – Hypocrites, or...
Animal rights activists are frequently discredited as either hypocrites or extremists, but how accurate are those labels? Are all animal rights activists either hypocrites or extremists, and why do these labels keep popping up?
Hair Fix Review
Hair Fix is a vegan, cruelty-free dry shampoo. I used Hair Fix twice when my hair was slightly oily and needed to be shampooed.
What is Vivisection?
What is vivisection, and why are animal rights activists opposed to it?
What is the Electric Immobilization Slaughter...
Electric immobilization is the standard method of slaughtering chickens in the US, but animal advocates believe that it is inhumane.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Profile, background and history of The Humane Society of the United States
What is the Draize Test?
Definition of draize test. Animal Rights.
Meat and the Environment; Waste of Resources
Meat and other animal products are an inefficient use of resources and a serious environmental issue.
What is Mulesing?
What is mulesing, and why do animal activists say that it's cruel?
How to Protest Peacefully and Legally
Help! I'm attending my first protest. How can I protest legally? Learn what to expect at a protest, as well as how to protest legally.
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO)
What is a CAFO? The US Environmental Protection Agency has a very specific definition.
Study Shows Elephants in Zoos Live Shorter Lives
A study published in Science magazine in December, 2008, finds that zoo captivity shortens elephants' lives. An international team of researchers examined data from over 4,500 elephants, and found that elephants in zoos live much shorter lives compared to those in Kenya's Amboseli National Park and even compared to elephants working in a logging camp in Myanmar.
Now that I’m vegan, what do I do with my...
Now that I’m vegan, what do I do with my animal products -- my leather shoes and wool sweaters?
What is Breed Specific Legislation, and What's...
What is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and what's wrong with it?
Fur, Cruelty and Animal Rights - Baby Seals...
Fur and Animal Rights: Every year, hundreds of thousands of baby harp seals are clubbed to death in front of their mothers by Canadian fishermen. The quota set by the Canadian government for 2008 was 275,000 seals. The event has turned into an annual spectacle, with animal protection groups attempting to document the slaughter from ships or helicopters.
If Lions Can Eat Meat, Why Can't People?
: "If lions can eat meat, why can't we?" The lion question, along with the lifeboat question , is a common
Was Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell's Wedding...
Longtime vegetarian Paul McCartney wed American businesswoman Nancy Shevell on October 9, 2011, and vegetarians and vegans want to know: Was the wedding vegetarian? Vegan?
Why Laboratory-Grown Meat is Not Vegan
Laboratory-grown meat would still contain animal products, would still be a waste of resources, and would still require animal use and suffering.
Milk and the Veal Connection
Few people understand how their purchase of milk is connected to the veal industry, when in fact, veal is a by-product of the dairy industry.
What is Animal Hoarding?
Animal hoarding is usually defined by three criteria, and may be a form of mental illness.
King Amendment Defeated, But Farm Bill Not...
The King Amendment, which would have prohibited individual states from regulating animal agriculture, has been removed from the Farm Bill, but it’s still controversial.
Why Adopt a Pet from a Shelter?
How many cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year? How adoption rescues animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, birds and other pets.
What is Flystrike?
What is flystrike, and how can it be fatal to domestic animals?
The Effects of Meat on the Environment
Unbiased, scientific data from the United Nations shows the negative impact of meat and animal agriculture on the environment.
Profile of Bob Barker, Animal Rights Supporter
Bob Barker, the former host of The Price is Right, is a long-time animal rights supporter. Barker has made numerous million-dollar donations for animal rights, spoken out against fur, and promoted spaying and neutering of cats and dogs.

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