Country music sensations Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood both are animal lovers, both have great voices, and the two have collaborated on a new single, "Somethin' Bad." However, one of these singers is actually helping local pet shelters, while the other is bullying ranchers.
Celebrities often endorse charities they believe in, and often even become spokespersons for their causes. One of the most popular causes for celebrities to support is animal rights. For example, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a “Sexiest Vegetarian of the Year,” award, as well as an “I would rather go naked than wear fur” campaign that features Hollywood’s finest naked derrières.
Some celebrities throw their cash and lend their fame on behalf of organizations like PETA or the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) -- non-profits that target animal agriculture. Other celebrities choose to endorse groups that actually help animals.
A case in point is Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. The two recently released a single, “Somethin’ Bad.” But the only “bad thing” I see about their collaboration is that Lambert hasn’t convinced Underwood that she’s not really helping animals by supporting HSUS.
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I wish Underwood would participate in Lambert’s most-recent campaign to help animals. Lambert has partnered with Pedigree Adoption Drive to help local shelters, such as the one in her hometown of Tishomingo, OK, which was desperate to keep its doors open. Since 2008, Pedigree has donated more than 20 million lbs. of food to animal shelters.
“I’m so happy to continue my partnership with Pedigree Adoption Drive,” says Lambert. “To further help shelter dogs, they’re transforming shelters across the U.S., including my very own hometown shelter! It’s all about helping those dogs in these enclosures and helping them find homes.”
For each story shared on social media, Pedigree has promised to feed a shelter dog in need. Folks can share their videos, like Lambert’s below, using the hashtag #dogtales to participate in this program.
I realize this post isn’t directly related to the cattle business, but I encourage you to spread the word that HSUS is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and wastes donor funds on salaries, pension plans, frivolous lawsuits of circuses, and litigation against ranchers. While its fundraising implies it helps homeless animals, helping local shelters barely raises a blip in HSUS’s balance sheet. Support charities that have their boots on the ground and are actually helping animals.
As for me, I won’t be listening to “Somethin’ Bad” by Underwood and Lambert when it comes on the radio, but I sure will sing along to Lambert’s songs, when she sings alone or with her hunting, meat-loving husband Blake Shelton. I hope you will join me in spending your dollars wisely and supporting celebrities who aren’t actively working to put you out of business.
What do you think about Lambert’s recent campaign? Do you think her common sense might rub off on Underwood? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of Beefmagazine.com or the Penton Farm Progress Group.
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