Musicians Kesha and Leona Lewis are among the stars who supported animal rights in animal protection organization Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)’s gala this year.
HSUS hosted its To The Rescue! Los Angeles gala 2019 in Paramount Studios to raise awareness of the animal protection organization’s campaigns aimed at protecting farm animals.
It featured a plant-based menu and farm-themed decor including hay, decorative flower wall, and a stage with large pig and cow silhouette statues.
Around 300 animal lovers, some clad in faux fur and vegan leather, joined the gala to show their support for HSUS’s cause and effort as well as honor Wallis Annenberg and Kesha for their animal welfare work.
Speaking about Kesha, HSUS said in a statement: “We’re honored to present Grammy-nominated superstar [Kesha] with the ‘Voice for the Animals Award’ at our To The Rescue LA gala.”
“With her passion for animal activism, Kesha has spoken out on numerous animal protection issues, including cosmetic testing on animals, shark finning, the Canadian seal hunt, and so many more.”
“We can’t thank her enough for using her platform to speak up for the voiceless.”
HSUS CEO Kitty Block talked about the importance of recognizing the work aimed at helping animals, including those being bred and raised for human consumption.
“All these companies (are) stepping up to do the right thing for animals,” Block told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s exciting to see and it’s the power of consumerism.”
Other stars who joined the gala are musician and animal rights activist Leona Lewis, who performed in the gala, as well as actress and singer Bellamy Young, who hosted the gala.
Young, who has been a vegan and an HSUS supporter since college, talked about her vegan journey and how other people can help animals.
“It doesn’t mean that people need to be vegan by any measure, it just means eating ethically, eating consciously, maybe cutting meat out a few times a week,” she said in an interview withThe Hollywood Reporter. “It can make a difference for everyone alive today and for everyone to come.”
The first honoree of the gala was Wallis Annenberg, president of Annenberg Foundation, who received the HSUS Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Los Angeles philanthropist discussed her foundation’s effort to help all animals, including cats and dogs who benefit from the services at the Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista as well as wildlife in Southern California.
“I think it’s worth the cost of a lint brush a million times over to get all that joy, love and enlightenment in return,” she said in her acceptance speech.
The second honoree of the night is Kesha, who received the Voice for the Animals Award.
“I’m just gonna talk about my cats,” Kesha joked when she accepted her award. “The first time I felt true unconditional love — I can’t say it was towards a family member because they can talk — it was when I left a place, it was a strip club, and I walked outside and there was a tiny baby kitten in a garbage can.”
“And my instinct was I just grabbed him and said ‘I can’t leave you here.’ And my drummer said, ‘Don’t touch that, he’s a trash cat.’ And I was like, ‘You’re a trash person, we’re taking the cat.’”
Kesha finished her speech by announcing that she is planning to create a film that would give animals a voice. She also urged the attendees to contribute to the project in order to help the animals.