Hollywood stars have recently come to the aid of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The Yarmouth Port-based worldwide animal organization announced a new PSA series entitled "Protect". The series was conceived, directed and edited by Joely Fisher ('Til Death), according to an IFAW release.
Fisher, an actress, director and IFAW ambassador, was joined by a high-caliber group of Hollywood stars and musicians who share their passion for the protection of animals around the world.
The series depicts the plight of elephants, big cats and whales. "As a longtime IFAW supporter, I am honored to have the opportunity to shed light on these issues," said Fisher.
The PSAs feature Fisher and many other well known stars including Amber Valletta (Revenge), Goran Visnjic (ER), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), Blake Lewis (American Idol), Brian Austin Green (Desperate Housewives), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Denise Richards (Love Actually), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver/Guns 'N Roses), Josh Bowman (Revenge), Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver/Guns 'N Roses), Ed Begley Jr. (Six Feet Under), Melissa Rivers (Fashion Police), Hudson Thames (Bride Wars), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Kenny Lattimore (Columbia Records), Kym Whitley (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Marla Sokoloff (Full House), Nestor Serrano (Dexter), Nicole Sullivan (The King of Queens), Odette Annable (House), Tricia Leigh Fisher ('Til Death) and William McNamara (Copycat), according to IFAW.
"Well-known advocates help engage and rally the public to take up the cause of animal welfare. We're excited to release these spots now since it is a critical time for impact on these campaigns," Fisher said.
The threat to whales is felt here in our own backyard. While IFAW and other whale supporters battle commercial whalers in other oceans, IFAW teams work with local non-profits here on Cape to free whales from fishing gear entanglements and with US government agencies to reduce injuries and deaths due to ship strikes in the Atlantic.
The PSA spots will air during TV broadcasts on a pro bono basis. Spots will also be streamed via the internet through social media and with the support of the celebrities involved in the project.
The spots are available on the IFAW website here.