by ecorazzicontributor
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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.

  • whitney

    She’s vegan?!!?!? Nice, nice. Keep rocking it, girl. Those horses deserve to be in a big, green pasture somewhere lazily grazing on the lushest, most green grass they can find.

    Sometimes PeTA disappoints me, then again, sometimes they come through for me. You fickle organization, you.

    • herwin

      Peta is so big and has so many campaigns, its hardly possible to satisfy everybody . ;-) Best to “judge” them by each seperate campaign, and like you, some campaigns i prefer much better than others but thats natural. :-)
      I wish for a good old fashioned in-your-face campaign again though, like “did your food have a face”.
      Anyway, this anti carriage capaign also is great.

  • Meghan

    I saw this ad on my walk to work this morning! It’s a great ad and hopefully people will take notice.

  • Stephanie

    I have been to many protests at the hack line for these poor exploited animals. More then I can count or care to remember.

    The horses look miserable and tired, many times they look in the water trough to find nothing but garbage people throw in there. They are forced to take one fare after another with hardly any break for food or water. Our demos last hours, so we see many of the same carriages over and over as the unload and pick up new fares.

    And most of the drivers are not kind people at all. They have verbally abused us in the WORSE possible terms and obscenities, physically accosted us (Women and even a young girl who joined our protest with her mother) and even thrown horse manure at us! They have even used bigoted and homophobic remarks at us. It’s hard to imagine that such a vile sort cares anything about the animals that are in their charge. Just search youtube and see the madness that goes on.

    It’s a disgusting industry and I really think it’s days are numbered. Tourists just need to say no to this cruelty and NYC residents need to speak out against this practice.

  • Larmo63

    Lea should mind her own business and get a nose job.

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