By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Peter Dinklage’s on screen talent matches his big heart as animal activist. The man who, in the early days of his career won a standing ovation for his performance in The Station Agent has soared his way to success.
X-Men: Days of Future Past and Death at A Funeral represent just a few of the blockbuster comedies that would lead him to playing Richard III, and Charlie Kaufman’s Theatre of the New Ear alongside Meryl Streep, as well as winning an Emmy and Golden Globe for the performance as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.
Dinklage has gone back into comedy recently with Pixels 3D playing the dodgy nerd Eddie, aka “Fire Blaster” who tries to save the world from an alien attack, disguised as 1980s video game characters. Eddie will team up with Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James) and Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) to defeat the Martian versions of PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders.
In real life, Dinklage is a man with a big heart who takes active care of planet Earth and the defenceless creatures living on it. The 46-year old vegan actor gave up meat at the age of sixteen, and during his adult years has constantly fought for animals rights as an activist of PSA for PETA.
In recent years Peter Dinklage has worked with Farm Sanctuary and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to increase awareness about farm animal abuse, because he feels that “animals used for food are treated like unfeeling machinery.” In 2012 he served as spokesperson of Walk for Farm Animals and has remarked how “Each year, billions of animals are subjected to cruelty on factory farms. The brutality that these animals endure would be grounds for felony cruelty charges if inflicted upon our cats and dogs.”
Dinklage also teamed up with Cruelty Free International to end cosmetics tests on animals and appealed to the USA to follow the European Union’s lead and end animal testing for cosmetics, and his quest seems very likely to find full accomplishment. The introduction of a bill to bring in the new Humane Cosmetics Act, if made law, is expected to end animal testing for cosmetics after 12 months and phase out the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in three years. The Federal Bill, meant to end Cosmetics Testing on Animals, has been introduced by Congressman Jim Moran, and would make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S. Furthermore it would prohibit selling, offering for sale or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.
The endorsement of the Pixels 3D star proved to be determining as the Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew declared, “We congratulate US Representatives for introducing this landmark bill. We are delighted to have the support of Peter Dinklage and we now urge everyone to call on their Representatives to get behind the Humane Cosmetics Act so that the United States can join the global trend in moving away from the cruel use of animals to test cosmetics.”
Peter Dinklage has definitely helped place a tiny pixel that can change the entire game for the better.