June 9, 2011
Leona Lewis, Superstar for Animals
Internationally renowned singer lends her name and fame to protect animals
Leona Lewis rose to international superstardom when her single "Bleeding Love" reached the top of the charts in more than 30 countries.
But it was Lewis's love for animals that took her off the red carpet and onto our Black Beauty Ranch, where she visited rescued horses and filmed a video for The HSUS.
Lewis, a multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated singer, joined The HSUS at The 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards, but the horses at Black Beauty held as much sway as the bright lights of Hollywood.
"I loved being a presenter at the Genesis Awards," remarked Lewis. "But I also love getting out in the field to be with animals. Hearing the stories of all the rescued animals at Black Beauty Ranch was so moving. That’s where my heart is—seeing first-hand the great work being carried out for animals, and spending time with the animals who benefit. There’s nothing quite like it."
While Lewis was fascinated by all the animals at the ranch, she had a particular soft spot for the horses. "I have my own horse. He’s so beautiful and gentle, and he gives me so much love back. To think someone would hurt these horses…it's just heartbreaking."
Lewis has worked with the World Society for the Protection of Animals in support of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, and other efforts to end cruelty to animals. Recently, she appeared in a photo sporting an "End Animal Testing" (temporary) tattoo to call attention to Humane Society International’s Cruelty-Free 2013 campaign to end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the European Union.
"I have a kinship with animals"
A great believer in rescue, Lewis has a rescued bunny named Melrose; Misty, her family dog, is also a rescue. She grew up around farm animals and wildlife and has been a vegetarian since childhood. As she recently told The HSUS, "I have a kinship with animals. I really feel they get a hard bargain. They can't talk and they can't tell you that they are in pain and that they are suffering. And they often are abused. Helping animals is a calling for me and I will stand up for them in any way possible."
Lewis is currently working on her third studio album, scheduled for release at the end of 2011. Find out more on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news.
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