International Star Leona Lewis Visits Romanian Bear Sanctuary

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International Star Leona Lewis Visits Romanian Bear Sanctuary


New Video Documents Singer’s Trip to Learn More about WSPA’s Bear Rescue Work

BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Singer and animal lover Leona Lewis has been a long-time World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
supporter because, “I want to live in a world where animal welfare
matters and animal cruelty ends, and that’s the charity’s goal, too.”

As seen in a video released today, the singer recently visited a bear sanctuary in Romania
to see WSPA’s work in action. There, she met bears who were rescued
from a life of suffering at tourist attractions, kept in cramped cages
outside restaurants, on roadsides and in private zoos.

“Visiting the
Romanian bear sanctuary was truly an eye-opening experience,” says
Lewis. “These bears have suffered horrible tragedies, but now have an
amazing second chance at life in a safe and peaceful environment – all
thanks to the WSPA and its supporters. I am honored to be a spokesperson
for WSPA’s campaigns, and I encourage others to join in our fight to
protect animals, worldwide.”

Last year, Lewis also put her name to WSPA’s “Animals Matter to Me” movement for a universal declaration on animal welfare.  

“As an international star, Leona can reach out to a wide audience and show why animals need our protection,” says Silia Smith,
Interim U.S. Executive Director at WSPA. “She inspires so many people
to help WSPA in our work to end animal cruelty – we are truly fortunate
to have her ongoing support.”

About The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

Through its
alliance of more than 1,000 animal welfare groups – with at least one
member in virtually every country of the world – WSPA works where there
is the greatest need to stop animal suffering and cruelty. For more
information, visit our website, follow us on Twitter and “Like” our Facebook page.

 World Society for the Protection of Animals

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