By Chere Di Boscio
He steals almost every scene in the hit TV series he stars in, and now Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage is using his star power to draw attention to a cause he holds dear: animal rights.
A vegetarian for almost 20 years, Dinklage is the newest spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s annual Walk for Farm Animals. The animal loving actor said he got involved because “animals used for food are treated like unfeeling machinery.”
The Walk for Farm Animals helps prevent cruel practices in factory farming, which are so prevalent in Dinklage’s home country, the USA. There, livestock is often shot full of growth hormones, antibiotics and other drugs, as well as treated beyond poorly by being crammed into dark, unhealthy, crowded living quarters.
The ‘Station Agent’ star is also pressuring the United States to follow Europe’s lead and ban cosmetic testing on animals through his participation in Cruelty-Free International. The EU has recently banned the sale of any cosmetics that are tested on animals, which means that several American brands are prohibited from being sold in the Eurozone.
“I am so pleased to support Cruelty Free International and be part of the global campaign to end cosmetics tests on animals,” Dinklage said. “It is unacceptable that animals continue to suffer around the world, including the United States of America, for the sake of beauty. I appeal to the USA to follow the European Union’s lead and end animal testing for cosmetics,” the actor stated.
On Game of Thrones, we were always a little worried about the poor animals on the show–horses are ridden hard, wolves work hard, cats are chased and some creatures even ‘die’ quite brutally. But with Peter Dinklage’s passion for animal rights, our minds are a bit more at ease.