Lea Michelle may play a diva on Glee, but she’s all about the ethical treatment of animals when it comes to her personal life.
The actress is vegan, has assisted in animal rescue, supports animal-friendly clothing designers like Stella McCartney, and is the latest spokesperson for a PETA campaign aiming to end the use of horse-drawn carriages in NYC.
Seeing a carriage in Central Park has become an almost iconic part of the landscape, but as Michelle highlights in a new PSA for PETA, it’s anything but glamorous.
“Imagine for a moment that you’re forced to do hard physical labor all day, seven days a week, whether it’s sweltering hot or freezing cold outside,” Michele says in the clip. “At the end of the day, instead of relaxing on an easy chair or sleeping in a comfortable bed, you’re locked in a tiny closet all night long. That’s what it’s like for horses who are forced to pull carriages in New York City.”
The PSA shows just how awful the situation is, with footage of horses housed in rundown buildings fashioned into stables and, as Michelle points out, ”These stables would become death traps if a fire broke out.”
A print ad is accompanying the campaign, which asks viewers to boycott the use of horse-drawn carriages by saying, “Help put horse-drawn carriages out to pasture.”
According to PETA, you can expect to see the ads on bus kiosks, thanks to a $125,000 donation c/o Manhattan Mini-Storage. But for now the videos will only be appearing online, as an attempt to buy commercial time on taxi cab screens failed to go through.
We think Lea Michelle’s efforts make her a shining example of an eco-celeb, as she is clearly dedicated to the cause. We are so razzed to see her behind the effort to end cruelty towards horses, keep up the good work!
Check out the PSA after the jump below.