11 March 2010

Simon Cowell says 'animals matter to me' in WSPA video

Simon Cowell has announced his support for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and its campaign to get animal welfare recognized internationally.

"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,” says Cowell. “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."

In a heartwarming video, Simon explains why “animals matter to him” and urges the public to support the WSPA’s efforts.

“I think where we are in the world today, I think animals deserve more protection,” says Cowell. “I don’t understand how anybody can get pleasure from hunting or killing animals. I totally do not understand it. I think we’ve gone beyond that and I think there should be more international laws.”

He reminds people that the only way they can influence governments is by raising their voices and starting a movement. "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."

Along with Simon Cowell, the WSPA receives support from other celebrities including Leona Lewis, Dominic Brunt, Mark Charnock, Miranda Richardson, Brooke Shields, Kristin Davis, and Christina Applegate.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is an international animal welfare organization and the world’s largest alliance of animal welfare groups connecting over 900 independent animal welfare organizations in more than 150 countries.

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