Target: Russell Simmons
Goal: Applaud Russell Simmons for taking a stand against puppy mills
Def Jam co-founder and long-time vegan Russell Simmons has always been an outspoken advocate for animal rights. He recently used his celebrity to encourage his friend – and governer of New York – Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would ban the sale of dogs from out-of-state puppy mills.
Simmons recently penned a letter to Governor Cuomo for the Huffington Post. In it he states, “I am a proud animal rights activist. I have been fighting not just for the rights of people, but for the rights of animals for decades, as I believe that all living beings on our planet should be treated humanely and with love.” He continued, “we urgently need Governor Cuomo to sign a game-changing bill that gives local governments and citizens more ability to regulate puppy mills in their communities. Puppy mills are large-scale, inhumane, commercial dog breeding operations that mass-produce puppies for sale through pet stores, over the Internet, and directly to the public.”
Simmons also supports “an end to the abuse of horses who pull the tourist carriages in Central Park.” In 2011, he was named PETA’s “Person of the Year” for his promotion of a plant-based diet, development of a fur-free, leather-free and wool-free clothing line and his tireless efforts to eliminate cruelty to animals.
Simmons is not just a champion for animals, but he has also founded the non-profit organizations Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Hip-Hop Summit Action Network which provide arts programs for at-risk youths. He has also been involved with the Doe Fund, which works to break the cycle of homelessness.
Please take a moment to thank Russell Simmons for speaking out against puppy mills, as well as all of the great work that he does to better the planet.
Dear Russell Simmons,
I was pleased to read your letter to Governor Cuomo in the Huffington Post. Your voice as a celebrity will help to end the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills in New York and across the country.
You have been a champion for animals by promoting a vegan diet and speaking out against animal cruelty. I hope you will continue to encourage other celebrities and influential politicians to put animal welfare in front of corporate interests.
Thank you for raising awareness to the important puppy mill legislation that has been presented in New York, as well as all of the great work that you do to better the plantet through your various non-profits.
[Your Name Here]
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