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How Hollywood Celebrates Animal Rights

By Julie Fink
Posted On May 09, 2016
How Hollywood Celebrates Animal Rights

Celebrities and vegans alike came out to support the Humane Society of The United States Award Gala and to show some love to our fellow furry friends. Saturday May 7th marked the “To the Rescue! Los Angeles Benefit” at the Paramount Studios in California, which is an annual gala focused on raising support for the organization’s Farm Animal Protection Campaign.

The gala was hosted by renowned musician and pioneering activist Moby, and included a cocktail reception, vegan dinner, live auction, musical performances by Leona Lewis and Kesha, as well as special presentations such as the Humanitarian of the Year Award which was presented by Zendaya to songwriter and activist, Diane Warren.

“I want to dedicate this song to every man, woman, child and animal that has ever been abused,” Kesha said before singing “Til It Happens to You,” accompanied by Diane Warren on the piano and a collage of animals packed into corporate farms setting the tone.

New You got the chance to catch up with a few of the animal-loving celebrities who came out to show their support including Zendaya, Moby, Leona Lewis, Diane Warren, and more.


Actress, musician, and a New You veteran cover girl, Zendaya chats with us about her passion for the cause, “I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 11 and it’s a great thing to be a part of.” As she talks about her experiences as a vegetarian, Zendaya says, “Just do it!” She goes on to say that it’s hard at first to go vegetarian but it’s so worth it. We love the support she shows for the Humane Society, her passion for life, and such a kind heart. Hear more from the lovely Zendaya:

Diane Warren

The Humane Society of the United States honored Diane Warren with its Humanitarian of the Year Award for her efforts as an animal rights activist. Diane is a Grammy Award winning, Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe winning songwriter – “Because You Loved Me” Celine Dion, “How Do I Live” LeAnne Rimes, “Un-Break My Heart” Toni Braxton – to name a few. “I love animals,” she exclaims and talks about her vegetarian lifestyle. “I’m almost vegan, I just have a little bit of cheese to get out of my diet and I’m there,” she says. See the full interview with award-winning songwriter Diane Warren below:


One of the most brilliant musicians turned entrepreneur, Moby, talks to New You about his vegan restaurant, his support for the Humane Society, his upcoming projects and more. “I’ve been a vegan for 28 years and animal rights is my life’s work.” Moby’s organic vegan spot is The Little Pine Restaurant and all the proceeds go to animal welfare groups including The Humane Society.

Listen to Moby’s advice on going vegan where he says, “If you want to go vegan, the best thing to do is go to Netflix and watch the documentaries,” he goes down a laundry list of the big animal rights movies and says, “I mean if you watch those and don’t go vegan, then there is probably something wrong with you.” LOL! We just love Moby!

The Veronicas

New You caught up with super awesome rock duo, The Veronicas, to discuss their support for the Humane Society and fave beauty trends as well. “It’s our love for animals and such an incredible event,” one of the identical twins said. “We are here to honor Diane Warren, as well, who is an incredible song writer and the beautiful message that she spreads, she is such a badass.” The girls go on to talk about the vegan makeup brand they are loving called Milk, listen below:

Leona Lewis

British singer, winner of The X Factor (2006) and animal welfare activist, Leona Lewis chats with New You about her passion for animals and veganism. “You can wean yourself into it like do meat free Mondays or just one day a week; then you can stretch it to two days and so on.” See the full interview with “Bleeding Love” singer here:

John Salley

Basketball star (Heat, Pistons, Bulls) and former Fox sports television host, John Salley talks to us about the importance of being a vegan family. He brought his beautiful young daughter with him who said the reason why she doesn’t eat chicken is because it’s a bird and that all life is equal. John’s choice to become a vegan started in 1991 and has great tips for those who want to start veganism with their children at a young age. “We follow common sense and science,” he said confidently. Check out more below:

Christina Grimmie

The Voice runner up and singer/songwriter, Christina Grimmie, talks about her charity work with the Humane Society and how much she adores animals, “It’s an amazing organization to be a part of and an honor to be asked to be a part of it.” Hear more from Christina as she talks about her dog Chloe, her beauty trends, and upcoming tour:

About the Humane Society

The Humane Society of the United States is the leading animal advocacy organization whose main objective is to create a humane world for people and animals alike.

The HSUS has paved the way for farm animals by reducing the number of animals who are killed for food, as well as minimizing animal suffering through eliminating horrible factory farming practices. The support of the numerous events hosted by the organization has led to slaughter plant closures, meat recalls, and federal policies to protect animals.

The organization’s “Meatless Monday” program has been adopted by 50 hospitals, 100 colleges, and 135 school districts in the U.S. and has increased plant-based options in cafeterias! To learn more about The Humane Society and this amazing event, you can visit: www.humanesociety.org.