Famous American Animal Rights Activists

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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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Linda McCartney
(American Photographer, Musician, Animal Rights Activist and Vegetarian Cook Book Author)
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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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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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
(One of the Biggest Film Stars of Golden Age of Hollywood )
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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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Elaine Hendrix
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Birthdate: December 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA
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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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Charlotte Ross
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Birthdate: January 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, USA
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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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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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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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Cleveland Amory
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Birthdate: September 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nahant, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 14, 1998
Sarah Helen Power Whitman
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Birthdate: January 19, 1803
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: June 27, 1878
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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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Kelly Rebecca Nichols
(Animal Rights Activist)
Kelly Rebecca Nichols
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Birthdate: July 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Travis County, Texas
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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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Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones
(Quincy Jones' Daughter)
Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones
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Birthdate: February 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States