30 November 2010

Leona Lewis checks out WSPA’s work firsthand at Romanian bear sanctuary

Multi-platinum recording artist and vegetarian Leona Lewis recently visited a bear sanctuary in Romania operated by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

The 25-year-old songstress had the opportunity to see the organization’s efforts firsthand as she met with bears who were rescued from deplorable living conditions at locations such as tourist attractions, cramped cages outside of restaurants and of course roadside and private zoos.

"Visiting the Romanian bear sanctuary was truly an eye-opening experience," said Lewis. "These bears have suffered horrible tragedies, but now have an amazing second chance at life in a safe and peaceful environment – all thanks to the WSPA and its supporters. I am honored to be a spokesperson for WSPA's campaigns, and I encourage others to join in our fight to protect animals, worldwide."

Lewis is definitely no stranger to charity.

Billboard Magazine’s Top New Artist in 2008 was part of the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, the simulcast fundraising event “Stand Up To Cancer” and last year she added her name to the WSPA’s “Animals Matter to Me” movement.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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