With only a basketball and her long locks covering her modesty, Basketball Wives LA star Bonnie-Jill Laflin strips down for PETA in two new ads that proclaim, “Proud to Have Been NBA’s First Female Scout — Even Prouder to Be a Vegan” and “Strong. Vegan. Woman.”
In an exclusive interview, the former and first female NBA scout for the Los Angeles Lakers reveals how her groundbreaking career prepared her to push for animal rights — even if it means stripping down for the cause. “[B]eing a female in a man’s world, I’ve got thick skin,” she says. “[I]t really helps me stand up for what I believe in. Even if you’re standing alone, you always stand up. And I like to stand up for animals.”
That’s why she went vegan: “If you go into the factory farms and you see what these animals endure and the torture — it’s not right,” she says. “And the only way to not participate in that is to go vegan.”
Each person who goes vegan saves approximately 100 animals every year from daily abuse and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries. Going vegan can give your health a boost, too: Vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, obesity, cancer, and strokes than meat-eaters are. And as Laflin says, “I have more energy now as a vegan than I did before.”
She’s part of a growing list of celebrities — including her Basketball Wives costar Evelyn Lozada, former Los Angeles Lakers player John Salley, Joanna Krupa, Nicole Williams, and many others — who have teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.
Jul 27, 2017 12:00 pm
The competition is heating up on the field, but it’s a new game afoot as celebrities face off in a ping pong battle to capture victory at Clayton and Ellen Kershaw’s 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose.
Held by Kershaw’s Challenge, the non-profit organization led by Los Angeles Dodgers’ star pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen, the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose will take place on the evening of Thursday, July 27th at Dodger Stadium, with the Kershaws inviting you to join in the fun, through the Kershaw’s Challenge YouCaring.com campaign and a special Kershaw’s Challenge Strikeout to Serve Auction.
Jimmy Kimmel will be Master of Ceremonies for the tournament, and the Kershaw’s Challenge Impact Award will honor the Magic Johnson Foundation for its longstanding charitable work, with Magic Johnson accepting the award on the Foundation’s behalf. On this glorious summer evening, the biggest victories will not just be on the field, but off the field long after the game is over, making a continuing impact to benefit children in need across the world.
A host of stars will take over the historic outfield of Dodger Stadium for a fierce matchup of ping pong skills, with entertainers and athletes including Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, and Kike Hernandez, Jason Bateman, Jack Black, Derek Hough, Haley Joel Osment, Jaleel White, Danny Trejo, Justin Hartley, Beth Behrs, Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson-Peete, LA Kings’ Tyler Toffoli, Derek Forbort, Alec Martinez, and Jack Campbell, Edmonton Oilers’ Milan Lucic, Dodgers’ Jerry Hairston Jr., sportscaster Chris Rose, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi (“The Bachelor”), Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jana Kramer, Becca Tilley (“The Bachelor”), Eric Christian Olsen, Isaiah Mustafa, Matt Iseman (“American Ninja Warrior”), singer Brett Young, Marnie the Dog and more expected to play/attend. The night will also feature a silent auction and delicious bites from food trucks, desserts and other treats.
Raising support for children at home and globally, the Kershaws invite everyone from baseball fans to ping pong lovers and more, to join in through the Kershaw’s Challenge YouCaring.com campaign or take home special mementos through the Kershaw’s Challenge Strikeout to Serve Auction on MLB.com Auctions. Support the Kershaw’s Challenge YouCaring.com campaign through July 24th for a chance to win the grand prize experience – playing in the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose grand tournament.
The Kershaw’s Challenge Strikeout to Serve Auction on MLB.com Auctions is also offering a gold-standard lineup of superstar memorabilia until July 25th, featuring 28 cherished items including autographed jerseys, balls and other game items from Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax autographed items, Vin Scully autographed items, a one-of-a-kind Mike Trout game-used autographed and inscribed bat, game-worn jerseys from Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Dave Roberts, a Durham Bulls jersey and “Bull Durham” movie poster autographed by Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, a “Rocky” movie poster autographed by Sylvester Stallone, and more.
Kershaw’s Challenge also gave away backpacks with the Dream Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 22nd. From Los Angeles and Dallas to the Dominican Republic and Zambia, Africa, Kershaw’s Challenge has dedicated support to transform the lives of children, serving with partner organizations including the Los Angeles-based Dream Center, CURE International in the Dominican Republic, Arise Africa-Zambia, and the Dallas-based Behind Every Door. With programs serving essential tools to empower children’s health and growth, the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose beneficiaries include the Dream Center’s Foster Care Intervention program, which provides food, clothing, or other supplies for foster children returning home, and CURE International’s medical surgeries in the Dominican Republic for children with clubfoot, cleft lip or other conditions.
Presenting sponsors for the event include American Airlines, Levi’s, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Killerspin. Additional sponsors and support include TOMS, Papa John’s Pizza, Goldman Sachs, Art of the Game, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Security Benefit, Diageo, Don Julio, Johnnie Walker, Ketel One, Deutsche Bank Wealth Management, iHeartMedia, Under Armour, Budweiser, Classic Party Rentals, The Vanity Project, Hidden Garden Flower Design, Sugarfina, Lounge Appeal, SJMRadio, Westin Bonaventure, MS Event Production, Sprinkles, Diaper Dude, Unity Jets, Spectrum, TopSpin, Blue Prints, and 505 Food Truck LA, Crispy Cuban, Fettes Schwein, Go Fusion Grill, Rice Balls of Fire, Pink Taco.
For more information about Kershaw’s Challenge and its partner organizations, click here.
Jul 27, 2017 10:30 am
Standing in front of a smashed car window with a crow bar in one hand and a rescued dog in the other, Orange Is the New Black actor Kimiko Glenn appears in a lifesaving new campaign for PETA proclaiming, “The Car Is Insured, but the Dog’s Life Is Irreplaceable. Do Whatever It Takes—Don’t Leave Dogs to Die in Hot Cars.”
In an accompanying video spot, she reminds people that temperatures can soar in parked cars, killing children and animals in mere minutes.
“I’m from Arizona, and I know it turns into an oven in that car. Whether the windows are cracked or not, dogs can die within 10 to 15 minutes,” Glenn says. “Please, never leave your dog or child in a hot car. It’s completely dangerous, and the consequences can be fatal.”
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — notes that on a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to up to 100 degrees in minutes and that on a 90-degree day, interior temperatures can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, his or her body temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult’s, and because dogs cool themselves only by panting, they can succumb to heatstroke in just 15 minutes and sustain brain damage or die as a result.
If you see a child or dog in danger, take down a description of the vehicle and ask the manager in the nearest building to page the owner of the car. If the owner can’t be located, call the police and wait by the car until help arrives. Never leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.
Tommy Lee spoke out about the annual Running Of The Bulls Festival earlier this month.
“I’m no stranger to wild behaviour,” he wrote in a new comment piece published in the Independent, “but there’s one thing that even I wouldn’t do, and that’s running ‘with’ the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. That can f**k right off.”
In the piece, which he wrote on behalf of PETA, the Mötley Crüe drummer explains that prior to the Running of the Bulls, electric prods and sticks are often used to torment the bulls. The panicked animals then slip and slide along the narrow streets, pursued by hundreds of people. “This isn’t a test of nerve and resolve,” writes Lee. “It’s a pathetic display of human idiocy and cruelty.”
At the end of the day, the bulls are herded into the bullring, where as many as eight men taunt, beat, and stab a single bull with daggers and harpoon-like banderillas until he becomes weakened from blood loss. Then the matador stabs the exhausted animal with a sword, and an executioner cuts his spinal cord. “It’s truly more twisted than anything I could have imagined, even during my wildest days with Mötley Crüe,” writes Lee. “And let’s be honest: if people paid to watch a man in a sparkly leotard torment and butcher a dog or cat in this way, we wouldn’t dare try to excuse it as “tradition” – we’d declare him a sicko, lock him up, and throw away the key.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that a 2013 Ipsos MORI survey revealed that more than 70 per cent of Spaniards have no interest in attending or supporting bullfights, which means it’s largely tourists who fuel the industry.
“Fortunately, organisations like PETA and other kind people are working to get these cruel, cowardly spectacles banned across Spain – and they have my support,” concludes Lee. “I hope they have yours, too.”
Dave Gahan, co-founder of the venerable GRAMMY-nominated new wave/dance rock mainstay Depeche Mode, has a lot to be thankful for.
Along with surviving the typical ups and downs that are a necessary counterpart to the experience of spending nearly 40 years as the leading man in a world-touring rock band, the singer has also weathered more personal storms stemming from years of past drug and alcohol addictions.
Along the way, Gahan strove not just to lift himself from the depths of addiction — a herculean feat for any individual — but also worked tirelessly to support the charities and programs that helped give him a second chance, in turn providing support to other artists in recovery facing similar circumstances.
His efforts to support the missions of organizations such as MusiCares eventually led to his being honored with the MusiCares MAP Fund’s Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in 2011. The annual award is given each year to artists who exemplify an ethos of dedication to helping others navigate the difficulties of the recovery process.
In comparing his modern experiences onstage in contrast to his past years of substance abuse, Gahan stresses gratitude and mindfulness as his main takeaways and driving force.
“As I’m performing, I’m fully aware of what’s going on. I pride myself on being extremely present, he says. “I want to feel what happens emotionally.”
Gahan, the voice behind classics such as “Enjoy The Silence,” has also found that sobriety has helped him be more expressive with his feelings.
“I’m known for wearing my feelings on my sleeve — as they say quite often — and I’ve found that, for me, that works because I don’t want to bottle them up like that. I don’t think that’s good for anybody,” Gahan says. “It’s certainly not good for me because I tried doing that for years. I tried smashing down at the way I felt about everything with booze and drugs … I mean, it works for a time, and then it doesn’t. … There are points where you lose people or things happen, and they could be strangers, but they sometimes have a profound effect.”
Driver told USA Today, “Life Rolls On is one of my favorite charities. There are only a few things I am actively involved in supporting and Life Rolls On is one of them – mainly because they are the greatest representation of the spark of life we all have inside.”