Animal Rights Activists

An animal rights activist may refer to any person who is involved in the advocacy of animal welfare and the ethical and humane treatment of animals. One of the main objectives of an animal rights activist is to protect the rights of animals and ensure the physical and psychological health of animals. In order to protect animal rights, an animal rights activist many engage in activities that ensure animal welfare, including their longevity, reproductive health, disease protection and treatment, immunosuppression and animal testing of various animal rights activist may address issues such as experiments on animals, animals used for entertainment purposes, animal conservation, anti-fur campaigns, commercial hunting, illegal sale of animal skin, abusive treatment of rats at laboratories, abandonment of pets, cruelty to zoo animals or other animals in confinement and many others. While cultural traditions all over the world have from ancient ages believed in animal rights, like Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism for example, animal’s right activism first emerged in North America in 1641. Thus, by the 17th century animal rights gained prominence. To learn more interesting facts about famous animal rights activists, continue to read some of their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley
Famous As: Actress
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.

 2 Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney
Famous As: Photographer
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.  

 3 Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin
Famous As: CEO of Big Cat Rescue
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.

 4 Anna Friel

Anna Friel
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK

Anna Friel is a British actress who gained international recognition after portraying Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on the popular American fantasy mystery TV series Pushing Daisies. After starting her professional acting career at the age of 13, Friel went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Friel also serves as an ambassador for The World Wide Fund for Nature.

 5 Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot
Famous As: Actress, Activist
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.

 6 Evanna Lynch

Evanna Lynch
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Termonfeckin, Ireland
Evanna Lynch is best known as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movie franchise, Harry Potter-themed video games, and the musical A Very Potter Senior Year. An avid animal rights activist, she has launched a vegan-themed podcast titled The ChickPeeps and a cruelty-free make-up box named Kinder Beauty Box.
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 7 Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren
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.

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 8 Doris Day

Doris Day
Famous As: Actress, Singer
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.

 9 Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons
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 Carrie Symonds

Carrie Symonds
Famous As: Boris Johnson'Partner
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: East Sheen, South London
Carrie Symonds, the fiancée of British prime minister Boris Johnson, is the first unmarried partner of a prime minister to stay at 10 Downing Street. A former Conservative Party press officer, she now works with Oceana. She was the youngest victim to testify against serial sexual offender John Worboys. 

 11 Moby

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

 12 Mayte Garcia

Mayte Garcia
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.

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 13 Beth Ostrosky Stern

Beth Ostrosky Stern
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.

 14 Elaine Hendrix

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

 15 Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni
Famous As: Actor
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. 

 16 Earl Holliman

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

 17 Jo Anne Worley

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

 18 Alissa White-Gluz

Alissa White-Gluz
Famous As: Vocalist
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.

 19 Charlotte Ross

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

 20 Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi
Famous As: Politician
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.

 21 Justin Tranter

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

 22 Savitri Devi

Savitri Devi
Famous As: Writer, Poet
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.

 23 Annie Starke

Annie Starke
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.

 24 Pamelyn Ferdin

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

 25 Ingrid Newkirk

Ingrid Newkirk
Famous As: President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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.

 26 Carolyn Hennesy

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

 27 Debashree Roy

Debashree Roy
Famous As: Actress
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.

 28 Rukmini Devi Arundale

Rukmini Devi Arundale
Famous As: Bharatnatyam Dancer
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.

 29 Jean Clemens

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

 30 Alan Clark

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

 31 Cleveland Amory

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

 32 Ozge Ozder

Ozge Ozder
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey

 33 Patricia de Leon

Patricia de Leon
Famous As: Actress, Beauty Pageant winner
Birthdate: January 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 34 Marianne Thieme

Marianne Thieme
Famous As: Politician, Animal rights activist
Birthdate: March 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ede, Netherlands

 35 Sarah Helen Power Whitman

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

 36 Bunga Jelitha

Bunga Jelitha
Famous As: Beauty pageant winner, Model
Birthdate: September 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 37 John Cowley

John Cowley
Famous As: Actor
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.

 38 Seba Johnson

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

 39 Gerhart M. Riegner

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

 40 Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones

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

 41 Maggie McGuane

Maggie McGuane
Famous As: Margot Kidder's Daughter
Birthdate: October 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canada

Maggie McGuane is a Canadian author and activist. From working for an animal shelter to helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, Maggie McGuane has been involved as an activist for several causes. She is the daughter of American writer, Thomas McGuane, and popular Canadian-American actress, Margot Kidder.

 42 Thomas Ignatius Maria Forster

Thomas Ignatius Maria Forster
Famous As: Astronomer, Naturalist, Physician
Birthdate: November 9, 1789
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 2, 1860

 43 Barry Horne

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

 44 Kelly Rebecca Nichols

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

 45 R. Dale Hylton

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

 46 Kim Sears

Kim Sears
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barcombe

Kim Sears is a British artist known for her portraits, paintings, and other forms of illustrations. She mainly focuses on animals as the subject of her artwork and strives to create awareness about animal rights. She is also involved in philanthropic ventures related to animals. She is married to professional tennis player Andy Murray and has two daughters.