Songstress Leona Lewis discusses animals and advocacy in the latest edition of Modern Dog Magazine. A self professed animal lover, Lewis uses her partnership with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to bring awareness to animal protection laws.
“WSPA has a lot of different issues that they’re tackling at the moment, but I’m really passionate about horses,” the singer told the magazine. “There are horses sent to slaughter that are perfectly healthy and I’m very passionate about trying to stop that. I’d love to have a sanctuary for horses, because they’re such big animals; they require a lot of work, a lot of space, so it’s very hard for charities.”
Lewis often draws inspiration for her songs from her love of animals and humans alike. Her affinity for animals began at a young age leading the singer to believe she must have been an animal in a previous life—probably a horse due to her deep connection with the hooved mammal.
“Remember the love the animals bring, and remember that they are vulnerable and they don’t have a voice. We need to help them in any way we can because they’re part of our lives and our history, and we need to be very aware and help protect them any way that we can.”
During the interview, Lewis also discusses the heartbreak she felt after losing a family dog, her admiration of Paul McCartney’s family, and the vegetarian diet she has followed since she was 12 years old.
To read the Leona Lewis interview in its entirety, visit Modern Dog Magazine.