15 September 2010

Dallas Cowboy Igor Olshanky partners with WSPA to tackle animal cruelty

He is a tough cookie in the world of NFL, but now defensive end Igor Olshanky is showing a different side by pledging to end animal cruelty. In a recent video the Dallas Cowboy pledged his support for the WSPA "Animals Matter to Me" campaign.

Olshanky, who is an animal lover and dog owner, witnessed firsthand the devastating stray dog problem while on honeymoon in Aruba a few years ago. Along with his wife Liya, he decided to join the campaign and be part of a community of more than 2.2 million people, governments and organizations that have signed a universal declaration to end worldwide animal suffering and cruelty.

"Take offense to animal abuse and make it your goal to defend animals, everywhere," Olshanky says in the video. "Please join me in signing WSPA's universal declaration for the protection of animals, a statement that tells the world that animal cruelty and neglect is not OK - not now, not ever."

"Animal cruelty and negect are shockingly prevalent around the workd," said Silia Smith, Interim U.S. Executive Director as WSPA. "We are excited that Igor and Liya have joined us in the fight to end animal suffering, Their support is invaluable to our effort in changing policies to improve animal welfare across the globe."

Olshanky has inspired many of his teammates to also sign the declaration. They join a growing list of celebrities including Simon Cowell and Christina Applegate who support the "Animals Matter to Me" movement. Governments entities in Chile, Peru, India, Thailand and Indonesia have also declared support for the initiative, as have leading organizations such as Heifer International.

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Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: WSPA