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Simon Cowell pledges support for protection of animals

Simon Cowell has pledged his support for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to bring awareness to the campaign to get international recognition for animal welfare. WSPA hopes that Cowell’s lead will encourage others to come forward to their governments and express their love for animals. Cowell stated why animals mean so much to him saying, “The World Society for Protection of Animals struck a chord with me, as it’s a global charity that recognizes the needs of animals around the world. When I was growing up, we had pets, and I was taught early on that you have to respect animals. I don’t have pets now, simply because I travel too much to take on the responsibility. But owning pets has had an immensely positive impact on my life and I think animals deserve our protection.”

He is using his star power to ask the world to follow in his steps. He continued, “Right now, there are no international laws to protect animals and The World Society for the Protection of Animals is working to change that. They are calling on governments across the world to embrace a common agreement called the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. This would recognize that animals can suffer and feel pain and need proper protection.”

Executive Director of WSPA-US, Cecily West, commented, “WSPA is thrilled to have Mr. Cowell’s support for this critical campaign. By talking about what animals mean to him, he joins a growing community of animal welfarists. We believe his heartfelt video will inspire many other people to stop and think about how animals are treated here in the U.S., and around the world — and also understand that, by adding their signatures, they too can help put an end to animal suffering and cruelty.”

Cowell added that it is easy to sign up for the campaign. “All you have to do is add your name to the Declaration — I’m encouraging people to sign it and send it to a friend as well. The Universal Declaration will mean so much; it would help governments appreciate the important role that animals play in our lives and in the environment we live in, and so inspire better legislation to protect animals around the world. So please, go to www.AnimalsMatterToMe.org and add your own message of support today.”

Other celebrities that are already on board are Leona Lewis, Miranda Richardson, Brooke Shields, Kristin Davis, and Christina Applegate.

For more information visit WSPA.

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