“Animal” isn’t just the name of recording artist Ke$ha’s debut album. It also describes one of her great passions. Now, she’s taking her concern for our fellow creatures and putting it to work as Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador. Her goal is to help HSI promote respect, protection, and compassion for animals around the world.
The level of care afforded to animals varies widely from place to place, even within the same country. But, says HSI vice president Kitty Block, “We believe empathy for animals is a basic human condition that needs to be encouraged and celebrated. Ke$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.”
One of the most important issues for Ke$ha is that of street dogs around the world, and her concerns are very personal. "In my travels, I've seen many dogs living on the streets," she commented. "On one recent trip, I found two dogs who had been literally superglued together. I finally managed to separate them, but this was on an island with no vet, no shelter, no resources to help these dogs. HSI's street dog programs can really make a difference in the lives of these animals. That's why I've become a Street Dog Defender and am asking others to do the same."
Ke$ha has also supported these important efforts:
-- Cruelty Free 2013. You can still sign a petition to urge the EU to carry out a ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
-- Ukraine Street Dogs. Ke$ha joined HSI in asking the Ukrainian government to stop killing stray dogs. The government is now saying they're going to build shelters instead.
Ke$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 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."