The actress Linda Blair who gained immense fame due to the movie The Exorcist is currently fighting for animal rights.
The Indianapolis Humane Society was the site of a visit by a famous personality. She was just a teenage girl when she appeared in the demonic possession film The Exorcist.
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But today she is a grownup woman. Linda Blair is really into animal rights and she gave a message from the platform of the Society regarding putting an end to cruelty to animals.
“What happened really in the last 17 years is that the pet overpopulation became so overwhelming,” Blair said. “I run one of the largest in Southern California. But in America. It’s 100 plus dogs.”
This shelter is a part of the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation. Linda Blair spoke of how the overall number of pets in the world had skyrocketed and the result was poorer treatment of these unfortunate beings caught in the web with humans who lorded it on the earth.
She has worked incessantly for rehabilitation centers for animals and even has one which she herself heads. Linda’s center is in Southern California.
She however stresses that more needed to be done for stray animals and pets that were being ignored by their owners. Especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Linda redoubled her efforts.
“Because I had taken responsibility for so many of the animals down there. And I bought a property and that,” she said.
It has been a lifelong passion with Linda. She now tours the country making speeches that stress animal welfare. By speaking up for those creatures that cannot speak for themselves, Linda is indeed doing a noble deed.
It’s the kind of attention the Indy Humane Society appreciates,” says John Aleshire, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Humane Society. “We see crowds in the lobby.
“We see people who want to support us. We see people who want to volunteer. We see people who realize that we’re more than just a shelter. We have a vaccination clinic. We have a wellness center.”
Blair’s 1973 horror movie, The Exorcist, gave her so much fame that she has used that as a stepping stone to get the word out on animal rights.
“So I feel really lucky that I was part of such an enormous and impactful film and can do something positive and help America to make this a better place,” she said.
She really feels strongly about all of life on planet earth whether it is human or animal. While many humans are also being neglected, just by forgetting about animals rights too one’s conscience cannot be appeased. As the saying goes…two wrongs do not make a right.
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Though obviously human beings and the milk of human kindness come first, yet we also need to look to our interspecies links. Nothing could take the place of a warm and understanding attitude towards our fellow fuzzy creatures that roam the earth. And Linda’s campaign and mission is to spread awareness regarding this issue.