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    Thu, 15 Dec 2011 12:37:36

    Ricky Gervais, Leona Lewis + More Encourage Animal-Friendly Christmases - Find out how you can support our furry friends this holiday season

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    Comedian Ricky Gervais, British actress Joanna Lumley and singer Leona Lewis are backing a new campaign to encourage fans to celebrate an animal-friendly Christmas across the pond! According to our friends at WENN, the celebs are supporting Humane Society International/UK's Cruelty-Free Christmas Pledge, which asks the public to eat a vegetarian festive dinner and stop buying pets as gifts! Pets = responsibility, so don't gift it to someone who might not be ready to handle it.

    Other suggestions? Purchasing cruelty-free cosmetics, refusing to gift people with fur and buying humane gifts that help neglected animals.

    Gervais stated, "Animal cruelty doesn't really make the ideal Christmas gift. It seems so absurd to me that someone might think they're treating a loved one to a bit of luxury by buying them real fur. Actually they're buying them what's left of an animal that's been caged its whole life and then killed by gassing or electrocution. How luxurious is that? It's the same with perfume – if you don't check that it's cruelty-free you could be buying a product that's been dripped in a rabbit's eyes until they're weeping sores. It hardly says Happy Christmas to me. So the solution is simple, just think before you buy something – has an animal had to die a horrible death for this? If it has, choose something else." Seriously, why the hell would anyone wear fur? It's despicable.

    Lewis chimed in, saying, "It breaks my heart that millions of turkeys will be killed for the table, beautiful fur-bearing creatures will be skinned in the name of fashion and hundreds of puppies, kittens, rabbits, hamsters and others will end up abandoned as unwanted presents. But it doesn't have to be that way. Join me in taking HSI/UK's Cruelty-Free Christmas Pledge and show our animal friends you care."

    What will you do to help animals-in-need this Christmas?

    —Katie Sheehan
    12.15.11



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