Simon Cowell has joined the Animals Matter to Me campaign to show his support of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and its efforts to get animal welfare recognized internationally.

“The World Society for Protection of Animals struck a chord with me, as it’s a global charity that recognizes the needs of animals around the world,” explains Cowell. “When I was growing up, we had pets, and I was taught early on that you have to respect animals. I don’t have pets now, simply because I travel too much to take on the responsibility. But owning pets has had an immensely positive impact on my life and I think animals deserve our protection.”

In a video released for the campaign, the music mogul reveals that he cannot understand how anyone finds pleasure from hunting or killing animals. He believes that, as a society, we are beyond that point and advocates the protection of animals through international laws.

Cowell says, “Right now, there are no international laws to protect animals and The World Society for the Protection of Animals is working to change that. They are calling on governments across the world to embrace a common agreement called the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. This would recognize that animals can suffer and feel pain and need proper protection.”

The WSPA is “thrilled” to have Simon Cowell‘s backing for the important campaign. Other high-profile stars who support the international animal welfare organization include Leona Lewis, Dominic Brunt, Mark Charnock, Miranda Richardson, Brooke Shields, Kristin Davis, and Christina Applegate.

Cowell urges the public to inspire better legislation to protect animals by adding a message of support at AnimalsMatterToMe.org.