Phil Wasserman

Taking a Stance Against Suffering Animals


Celebrities serve as the voice of many causes that otherwise wouldn’t have their story told. Just recently, Leonardo DiCaprio did just that at the Oscars after he won his first Best Actor prize.

Of all the causes that speak to me, animal rights have to be right at the top. That’s why one of my favorite comedians is also one of my favorite people: Ricky Gervais, Most Americans first got to know Ricky when The Office came stateside. Since then, he’s starred in several film and television projects, as well as hosting awards shows and other events.

On social media and in the press, Ricky Gervais is an adamant voice for animal rights. One of his more famous quotes on the subjects is my personal favorites. He once said, “Animals don’t have a voice, but I do. A loud one. I’m a f***ing big mouth. My voice is for them. And I’ll never shut up while they suffer.” Since then, his social media has been a fixture standing up for puppies all the way to African safari victims.

Two of my favorite comedic actresses are also huge animal rights supporters. For over 40 years, Betty White has remained as a trustee of the Greater L.A. Zoo Association. She speaks on conserving endangered species as much as possible. At a time when it’s reported that the world lost half of its animal species in the last 40 years, we need as many advocates like Betty as possible.

Another huge support of dog adoption is Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco. She’s been active in adopting dogs since she was a teenager. Like Ricky and Betty, Kaley often uses her platform to show the seriousness of animal rights.

The best part about all three are their abilities to mix their comedic knack into such a tough subject. People often look away from the cruelty and plight of voiceless animals. However, when their favorite entertainers can educate them, and possibly laugh while having a think, it could reach audiences further than most advocates could.

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