June 1, 2012
Ke$ha: First Global Ambassador for Animals
“Animal” isn’t just the name of recording artist Ke$ha’s debut album. It also describes one of her great passions. Now, she's taking her concern for our fellow creatures and putting it to work as HSI's first Global Ambassador.
Her goal is to help HSI promote respect, protection, and compassion for animals around the world. The level of care afforded to animals varies widely from place to place, even within the same country. But, says HSI vice president Kitty Block, "We believe empathy for animals is a basic human condition that needs to be encouraged and celebrated. Ke$ha, with her interest in our cause and international recognition, is in a unique position to help us promote a global culture of compassion for animals."
Ke$ha's current interest is helping street dogs around the world, and her concerns are very personal. "In my travels, I've seen many dogs living on the streets," she says. "On one trip, I found two dogs who had been literally superglued together. I finally managed to separate them, but this was on an island with no vet, no shelter, no resources to help these dogs. HSI's street dog programs can really make a difference in the lives of these animals."
Ke$ha also supports these important efforts:
• Be Cruelty-Free, calling for an end to cosmetics testing on animals worldwide.
• Shark finning. Every year, in oceans around the world, tens of millions of sharks are hunted to meet the demand for shark fins used in an Asian delicacy, shark fin soup. Demand for shark fins fuels shark finning. Ke$ha demands that this cruel and wasteful practice stop. As an avid diver, Ke$ha makes the case that these beautiful animals are greatly misunderstood. She wants to support the movements in the U.S. and internationally to ban the trade and sale of shark fins. See her exclusive anti-shark finning video message and take HSI's No Shark Fin pledge.
• Protect Seals. Ke$ha has lent her voice to calling for an end to the annual slaughter of baby seals and asking everyone to join our Canadian seafood boycott.
• On her website, Ke$ha has alerted her fans to the issues of wild horses in the U.S., dogfighting, coral reef protection, and polar bears through her website and social media.
Ke$ha’s fan base and audience are vast, and her record of success is impressive. Declared Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist of 2010, her hit “TiK ToK” was the most played song of 2010 as well as the biggest-selling digital track in the world that year. She has had six consecutive Top 10 hits, and her “Animal” album has sold over 2 million units worldwide. She’s racked up a number of prestigious award nominations, and took home a 2010 MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act. Ke$ha's latest album, “Warrior,” is available for pre-order and a single, “Die Young,” hit the airwaves in September.
Ke$ha wants to have hands-on involvement in HSI’s efforts to protect animals. “I am honored to be the first HSI Global Ambassador because my music is inspired by the freedom and primal beauty of animals and the natural world," she says. "I take this opportunity incredibly seriously because we are ALL animals. One of the main underlying sentiments of my music is to respect all living creatures just as they are. I believe that together, we can change laws that allow innocent animals to be unjustly mistreated and abused all over the world."