Simon Cowell may be Mr. Mean on television, but in life, the British music mogul is showing his softer side, throwing his support behind the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
Simon recently pledged his support for the WSPA and its campaign to get international recognition for animal welfare, by recording a PSA for the group.
In the public service announcement, Simon explained that on the worst day of his life, he returned home, only to find "waiting up for me was my pet dog, and he jumped up, licked my face, was happy to see me and everything was happy again."
Simon is urging others to join the Animals Matter to Me Campaign, to promote welfare of animals in the U.S. and around the globe.
"The World Society for Protection of Animals struck a chord with me, as it's a global charity that recognizes the needs of animals around the world," he said in a statement. "When I was growing up, we had pets, and I was taught early on that you have to respect animals. I don't have pets now, simply because I travel too much to take on the responsibility. But owning pets has had an immensely positive impact on my life and I think animals deserve our protection."
Simon is encouraging people to join the campaign, by heading to the group's Web site and signing the declaration.
"I'm encouraging people to sign it and send it to a friend as well. The Universal Declaration will mean so much; it would help governments appreciate the important role that animals play in our lives and in the environment we live in, and so inspire better legislation to protect animals around the world. So please, go to www.AnimalsMatterToMe.org and add your own message of support today," his statement continued.
To learn more, visit www.AnimalsMatterToMe.org.
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