By Sharon Gomes Thomas
Music celebrity Ke$ha has been using her fame in a positive way. The platinum recording singer/songwriter is a supporter of animal protection issues. Ke$ha has spread the word about street dogs, lion hunting, shark-finning, seal slaughter, dogfighting and cruelty-free cosmetics, highlighting a different animal issue each month on her website (www.keshasparty.com) and urging her fans to take action for animals.
She is also the Humane Society’s first Global Ambassador for animals. And in March, she will receive the Wyler Award at the Humane Society’s Genesis Awards Benefit Gala in Los Angeles. If you’d like to hang out with Ke$ha and Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba get your tickets to this event at — http://www.humanesociety.org/about/events/genesis_awards/.
Spotlighting the lifesaving work of the Humane Society, the Genesis Benefit Gala celebrates the role that entertainment plays in raising awareness of animal issues. Proceeds will benefit three of the HSUS’ top animal welfare priorities: Pets for Life, Chimps Deserve Better and Farm Animal Protection.
A historic decision for the Chimps Deserve Better campaign is also taking place in March.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is poised to end decades of laboratory confinement for government-owned chimpanzees, some of whom have been in lab cages since Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House! NIH could send more than 300 chimpanzees to sanctuaries, phase out current biomedical research using chimpanzees, and provide no further support of chimpanzee breeding.
We can help the NIH make a final determination. Go to humanesociety.org and speak out for these chimpanzees, many of whom have suffered for decades in labs. Fill out the form to send a letter to the NIH. The HSUS will ensure that the letters get delivered by the March 23 deadline. Let your words become actions!