Famous 20th Century Animal Rights Activists

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Joanna Lumley
(Actress)

Joanna Lumley
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Birthdate: May 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Srinagar

Joanna Lumley is a British actress and prolific activist. In recognition of her work as part of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, Joanna is fondly called as the daughter of Nepal in Nepal. Also known for supporting various other charity organizations and animal welfare groups, Joanna Lumley was appointed an OBE in the 1995 New Year Honours by the queen.

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Linda McCartney
(Photographer)

Linda McCartney
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Birthdate: September 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scarsdale, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 1998
Linda McCartney, the first wife of Paul McCartney, formed the band Wings with her husband, after the Beatles disbanded. An animal rights activist, she wrote several vegetarian cookbooks, apart from launching Linda McCartney Foods. She was also a skilled photographer and published a photo book. She died of breast cancer.  

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Brigitte Bardot
(Actress, Activist)

Brigitte Bardot
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Birthdate: September 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Brigitte Bardot is a French former singer and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot remains a major pop culture icon despite quitting the entertainment industry in 1973. Bardot is credited with popularizing the bikini. She also popularized the town of Armação dos Búzios and the city of St. Tropez in Brazil.

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Carole Baskin
( CEO of Big Cat Rescue)

Carole Baskin
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Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bexar County, Texas, United States

Carole Baskin gained recognition after being featured in a documentary series titled Tiger King, which follows her feuds with private zoo operator Joe Exotic. As the CEO of a non-profit animal sanctuary called Big Cat Rescue, Carole condemns private zoos. She has also been the subject of conspiracy theories pertaining to the disappearance of her second husband Don Lewis.

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Tippi Hedren
(Actress)

Tippi Hedren
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Birthdate: January 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Ulm, Minnesota, United States

Known as a typical Hitchcock Blonde, Tippi Hedren soared to fame with her roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie. An animal rights activist, too, she set up the Roar Foundation and the Shambala Preserve, after witnessing the plight of the animals that are used for shoots.

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Russell Simmons
(Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam)

Russell Simmons
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Birthdate: October 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Russell Simmons is a controversial American businessman who co-founded the hip-hop music label, 'Def Jam Recordings', and established the clothing line 'Phat Fashions'. He is noted for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape which generated a lot of heat in 2013. Simmons who calls himself a Christian yogi is accused of sexual assaults on several women. He has adopted veganism and advocates non-violence.

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Doris Day
(Actress, Singer)

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Birthdate: April 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: May 13, 2019
Doris Day began her career singing with the Les Brown Band and as a solo artist. As an actor, she delivered many hits with Rock Hudson, including Pillow Talk, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. She is remembered as a legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
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Moby
(Musician)

Moby
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Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

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Mayte Garcia
(Dancer)

Mayte Garcia
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Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Rucker, Alabama, United States

Mayte Garcia is an American dancer, singer, and actress. She has worked with popular artists like Britney Spears. Mayte Garcia was married to record producer and musician, Prince, from 1996 to 2000. Mayte Garcia has also written a book titled The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince which was published in 2017.

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Elaine Hendrix
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Birthdate: December 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

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Enrico Colantoni
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Birthdate: February 14, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Enrico Colantoni is a Canadian actor and director best known for his role in the sitcom Just Shoot Me! He received his training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Yale School of Drama. He began his career as an actor in the 1980s and appeared in a string of successful TV series. He is also a director. 

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Earl Holliman
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Birthdate: September 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Delhi, Louisiana, USA

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Jo Anne Worley
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Birthdate: September 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lowell, Indiana, United States

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Alissa White-Gluz
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Birthdate: July 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The frontwoman of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy, Alissa White-Gluz is also known as the co-founder of the metalcore band the Agonist. She was once known for performing in over 250 shows a year across the globe. A true-blue vegan, she has won the Libby Award from PETA.

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Charlotte Ross
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Birthdate: January 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, USA

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Maneka Gandhi
(Politician)

Maneka Gandhi
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Birthdate: August 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Maneka Gandhi is an Indian politician, environmentalist, and animal rights activist. She is credited with inspiring several individuals towards social entrepreneurship. Maneka Gandhi is best known as an animal rights leader for which she has received several international awards. She is also credited with establishing an animal welfare organization named People for Animals.

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Justin Tranter
(Musician)

Justin Tranter
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Birthdate: June 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

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Savitri Devi
(Writer, Poet)

Savitri Devi
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Birthdate: September 30, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: October 22, 1982

Born in Lyon, Frenchwoman Maximiani Julia Portas later changed her name to Savitri Devi and adopted Nazism. The ardent cat lover earned a PhD in philosophy and later acquired Greek nationality and served as an Axis spy. She claimed Adolf Hitler was an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu.

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Pamelyn Ferdin
(Actress, Animal Rights Activist)

Pamelyn Ferdin
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Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Ingrid Newkirk
(President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Ingrid Newkirk
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Birthdate: June 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United Kingdom

Co-founder and president of PETA, animal activist Ingrid Newkirk is also associated with organizations such as EarthSave International and United Poultry Concerns. She has also penned books such as Free the Animals! Apart from soaking herself in fake blood for protests, she has also supported the often-anti-social Animal Liberation Front.

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Carolyn Hennesy
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Birthdate: June 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States

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Debashree Roy
(Actress)

Debashree Roy
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Birthdate: June 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Debashree Roy is an Indian dancer, choreographer, actress, animal rights activist, and politician. Best known for her work in the Bengali film industry, Debashree Roy has won several awards like the National Film Award. She is credited with establishing the Debasree Roy Foundation, which aims at helping stray animals.

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Rukmini Devi Arundale
(Bharatnatyam Dancer)

Rukmini Devi Arundale
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Birthdate: February 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: February 24, 1986

Rukmini Devi Arundale was an Indian dancer and choreographer. An exponent of Bharatanatyam, Rukmini Devi helped revive the original sadhir style of the dance form. She also popularized Bharatanatyam among Indian upper-caste elites for which she was named in India Today's 100 People Who Shaped India list. In 1956, Rukmini Devi Arundale was honored with the Padma Bhushan.

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Jean Clemens
(Welfare worker)

Jean Clemens
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Birthdate: July 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States
Died: December 24, 1909

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Alan Clark
(Politician, Historian)

Alan Clark
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Birthdate: April 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 5, 1999

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Cleveland Amory
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Birthdate: September 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nahant, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 14, 1998

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John Cowley
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Birthdate: September 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Navan, Ireland
Died: February 13, 1998

Best known for his role in the Irish series The Riordans, Irish actor John Cowley quit studies in his early teens to work on his family farm. He then joined an Irish touring company and gradually stepped into films. He has also campaigned against animal cruelty and blood sports.

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Seba Johnson
(Alpine skiing)

Seba Johnson
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Birthdate: May 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frederiksted,Virgin Islands, United States

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Gerhart M. Riegner
(Lawyer and activist)

Gerhart M. Riegner
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Birthdate: September 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: December 3, 2001

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Barry Horne
(Criminal, Activist)

Barry Horne
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Birthdate: March 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Northampton, England
Died: November 5, 2001

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R. Dale Hylton
(Animal rights activist)

R. Dale Hylton
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Birthdate: May 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Strathmore, California, United States
Died: February 1, 2008

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Kelly Rebecca Nichols
(Animal Rights Activist)

Kelly Rebecca Nichols
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Birthdate: July 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Travis County, Texas