Underneath Simon Cowell
’s brutally frank persona is a benevolent soft spot for animals. The notorious judge on the reality talent show American Idol
has signed with PETA to form a new public service announcement to make the viewers aware of the dangers of leaving dogs in hot vehicles.
"Maybe some people are surprised that I like animals, but there's quite a difference between telling someone who's a useless singer, 'You're a useless singer' and drowning a puppy," said Cowell. "I once had an incident with a guy who auditioned [for American Idol
] who actually admitted that he likes killing animals... he didn't go through."
PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the largest animal rights organization in the world. Based in Virginia, the organization is a non-profit group with affiliated offices in Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Taiwan, South Africa, and other parts of the world. The organization promotes and upholds animal welfare and protection issues, and actively opposes animal testing, hunting and other forms of maltreatment.
His endorsement of animal welfare comes with his own observation of the lack of knowledge of people when it comes to the safety of their pets. In an interview with PETA he said, "I actually have witnessed a dog in a car on a hot day, and luckily I found its owner…She was in a shop, and I dragged her out the shop and said, 'Your dog is going to die in a second.' And she wasn't aware of it. People just aren't aware of it."
And while this is just one of the issues of animal welfare, the American Idol
judge asserts that there are a lot more worst issues that need critical attention. He said, “There are so many issues to do with animal cruelty that bother me. I think the one that probably bothers me the most at the moment is the fur trade with dogs. These animals are skinned alive. We're supposed to live in a civilized society and you just can't accept that. I won't accept that. It's something everyone should know about. I think if anybody witnessed what one of these dogs have to go through, you'd think twice about it. Like I said years ago, 'You wouldn't skin your dog and wear it on your back.' The fact that somebody else does it doesn't mean it's acceptable."
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: RealityTV World
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