Famous American Animal Rights Activists

Have you ever seen an animal being victimized, abused or maltreated? Did you do something about it? It is a normal occurrence in our everyday lives when we spot adults and children abusing animals to the point of even killing them. While most of us just walk past the scene, some stop to check if the animal is dead or alive and still others who act immediately to safeguard the poor creature. It takes great amount of compassion and benevolence to care for animals, and animal rights activists have it in loads. Animal rights activists not just protect the rights of animal but preserve their physical and psychological well-being as well. They work on various issues of animal welfare, right from the longevity of life to their reproductive health, protection from diseases and immunosuppression. Animal testing of products is a crime that has been there since long. In the process, many a time animals lose their life or become impaired to human fancies and experiments. Animal rights activists work to put an end to this. Hunting, abandonment, illegal use of animal products such as skin, fur and teeth, mishandling animals for entertainment are other issues that animal rights activists deal with. Check this segment to know more about American animal rights activists working for the cause and welfare of animals.

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 1 Joaquin Phoenix

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix is widely regarded as one of the most talented actors of his generation. In his career of four decades, he has starred in numerous films playing characters that have become memorable. These include movies like Gladiator, Joker, Walk the Line and Her. The acclaimed actor is also a social activist, environmentalist, animal rights activist and producer.

 2 Carole Baskin

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Famous As: Big-Cat Rights Activist
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.

 3 Angelina Jolie

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A fashion icon, acclaimed actress, influential humanitarian and Special Envoy for the UNHCR, Angelina Jolie is a highly noted celebrity in Hollywood. She has been hailed for her philanthropic efforts around the globe and praised for her power packed performances. Mother of six, of whom three are adopted, Angelina Jolie is a role model for the women of this generation.

 4 Ali MacGraw

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pound Ridge, New York

A veteran actress with a career spanning over half a century, Ali MacGraw first came to prominence in the 1970s after acting in many popular action and romantic films. She was also active on the stage and in TV shows. Besides acting, she has been an animal rights advocate throughout her life.

 5 Linda McCartney

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Famous As: Photographer, Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, 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.  

 6 Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 7 Doris Day

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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati
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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 8 Doris Roberts

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 17, 2016

Five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Doris Roberts is best remembered as Marie Barone from the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mildred Krebs from Remington Steele. She also appeared on various talk/game shows and in films such as The Honeymoon Killers. She was a prominent animal rights activist, too.

 9 Russell Simmons

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Famous As: Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam
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.

 10 Moby

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 11 Gary Burghoff

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bristol, Connecticut

Gary Burghoff is an American actor who is credited with originating the popular role of Charlie Brown in the 1967 Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also known for originating the role of Walter Eugene O'Reilly in the 1970 black comedy war movie MASH and the popular TV series of the same name.

 12 Mike Farrell

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Mike Farrell is an American actor known for playing, Captain B.J. Hunnicutt, in the popular war comedy-drama TV series, M*A*S*H. Farrell's journey from being born into a working-class family to becoming a famous Hollywood actor is quite inspiring. Also a political and social activist, Farrell has worked on several activist campaigns. In 2001, he was honored with PETA's Humanitarian Award.

 13 Mayte Garcia

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Famous As: Dancer
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.

 14 Will Estes

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Will Estes began his career as a child actor and appeared in quite a few commercials. His roles in Kirk and The New Lassie earned him Young Artist Award nominations. He later gained fame as Jameson "Jamie" Reagan in Blue Bloods and as JJ Pryor in American Dreams.

 15 Beth Ostrosky Stern

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Model and actor Beth Ostrosky Stern, better known as the wife of actor Howard Stern, was seen in the film Whipped and the series G4. A dedicated animal rights activist, she supports rescue shelters, has written a bestselling book on dogs, and has hosted the show Spoiled Rotten Pets.

 16 Joanna Cassidy

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haddonfield, New Jersey

 17 Elaine Hendrix

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

 18 Malese Jow

Malese Jow
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

 19 Alexandra Paul

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York

As a budding model, Alexandra Paul decided to reject an offer from Stanford University to focus on a career in acting. She is best known to fans for her 5-year-long stint as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the internationally renowned series Baywatch. She is also a marathon runner and an avid swimmer.

 20 Earl Holliman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Delhi, Louisiana, USA

 21 Reid Scott

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States

 22 Jo Anne Worley

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lowell, Indiana, United States

 23 Carré Otis

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 24 Charlotte Ross

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

 25 Joseph David Reitman

Joseph David Reitman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts

 26 Justin Tranter

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

 27 Annie Starke

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Connecticut
Annie Starke, daughter of actor Glenn Close, is best known for her recurring role of Lily Cartwright in the Netflix series Ratched. She has also appeared in films such as We Don’t Belong Here and The Wife. A skilled equestrian, she has won the Children's Modified Jumper Championship at 15.

 28 Pamelyn Ferdin

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Famous As: Actress, Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 29 Carolyn Hennesy

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

 30 Cleveland Amory

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

 31 Sarah Helen Power Whitman

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 19, 1803
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: June 27, 1878

 32 Seba Johnson

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

 33 Kelly Rebecca Nichols

Kelly Rebecca Nichols
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Famous As: Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: July 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Travis County, Texas

 34 Jean Clemens

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

 35 R. Dale Hylton

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Famous As: Animal rights activist
Birthdate: May 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Strathmore, California, United States
Died: February 1, 2008

 36 Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones

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Famous As: Quincy Jones' Daughter
Birthdate: February 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States