Music legend Billy Joel donated the proceeds from his birthday show in New York City to help build a local animal shelter. The Piano Man played at Madison Square Garden 9 May (14), the day of his milestone 65th birthday, and it has now emerged he donated the gig's profits to charity.
The money was given to Beth Stern to help her build Bianca's Furry Friends, a facility at the North Shore Animal League America shelter in Port Washington, New York which will provide cage-free homes for cats and dogs.
Stern, who reveals the star has adopted two pet dogs, tells Social Life magazine, "Billy is my hero... I call him 'Saint Billy.' Because of his huge donation, we are on target to break ground next spring!"
"Miley and I and everybody associated with the Flaming Lips are trying desperately to help the animal welfare situation in Oklahoma City, which is appalling. I've been all around the world, and I've never seen another city that has as many homeless animals as here... Five years from now, maybe we won't have this problem, where all these dogs and cats are being destroyed at the animal shelters. It's sickening." Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne on the band's upcoming star-studded tribute album to the Beatles, which will help raise funds for animal charities in his native Oklahoma.
British producer Naughty Boy has thrown his support behind a new pet neutering campaign for activists at People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The songwriter, real name Shahid Khan, is fronting the latest celebrity promo by posing with a cute cat for the organisation's new advertisements, which features the tagline, "It's Naughty Not to Neuter".
In a statement, Naughty Boy writes, "There's no excuse for not neutering. Animal shelters are severely crowded with dogs and cats, and that will continue as long as too many puppies and kittens are being born. We can fix the problem by 'fixing' our dogs and cats."
The La La La hitmaker joins the likes of fellow British PETA supporters Sir Paul McCartney, Morrissey, comedian Ricky Gervais and singer Alexandra Burke, who have all lent their backing to previous animal rights campaigns.
Dance star Moby has turned a lyric video for his new song Almost Home into an appeal to pet lovers in a bid to help bosses at a Los Angeles animal shelter find new homes for dogs and cats in time for the holidays. The Porcelain hitmaker recently shot the cute promo at the Best Friends Animal Society and in the clip, he holds up sheets of paper featuring the words to parts of the track while cuddling up to a number of different furry friends.
At the end of the video, Moby shares updates about some of the cats and dogs he spent time with on the shoot, revealing some have been adopted, while others are listed as still "available to adopt".
He shared a YouTube.com link to the promo with his Twitter.com followers on Thursday (19Dec13), and wrote, "Around holiday/channukah/kwanzaa/saturnalia/festivus/etc is an especially good time to adopt an animal from a shelter...
"I hope you like the video, and you're able to provide a home for a dog or cat (or gerbil or snake or any other shelter animal) this season."
The sweet clip has already won Moby praise from No Doubt rocker Tony Kanal, who shared the link with his fans, describing the video as "heartwarming".
The song Almost Home is a collaboration between Moby and Damien Jurado.
Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage and The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus are urging fans to demand a worldwide ban on cosmetics testing on animals as part of their New Year's resolutions. The actors have teamed up with officials at the Cruelty Free International organisation to help spread the word about the campaign to halt laboratory experimentation on rats, dogs, cats and other creatures.
The two stars are also encouraging devotees to make more informed shopping decisions during the holiday season by only purchasing items from brands committing to a cruelty-free standard and featuring the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics' (CCIC) Leaping Bunny logo on their products.
Dinklage says, "As we head ever closer to 2014, many people will be contemplating their New Year resolutions. As Ambassador for Cruelty Free International, I ask that if you are going to make resolutions this year, please make two very important ones. One, to shop for cruelty-free products which feature the Leaping Bunny logo and two, join me and support the campaign to achieve a global ban on cosmetics testing on animals. Thank you and let's all make it a Happy New Year for the animals."
Reedus adds, "New Year is an exciting period as we make resolutions and contemplate what the next twelve months will bring... Perhaps we can make 2014 the year in which we helped to save the lives of thousands of animals."
The TV stars aren't the only celebrity supporters of Cruelty Free International - Ricky Gervais, Sir Paul McCartney, Joss Stone and Ashley Bell have also previously campaigned for the group.
Three members of Iranian punk band Yellow Dogs have been shot dead in a suspected murder-suicide in Brooklyn, New York. Police were called to a townhouse in the neighbourhood of Bushwick in the early hours of Monday (11Nov13) after locals reported hearing multiple shots fired.
Cops discovered the bodies of the three victims, guitarist Soroush Farazmand, vocalist Ali Eskandarian and drummer Arash Farazmand at the home the trio shared, while an associate, named Sasan Sadeghpourosko, was admitted to hospital with an arm injury. Guitarist Siavash Karampour and bassist Koory Mirz were not hurt in the shoot out.
The remains of the suspected shooter, who has been identified by the New York Post as Raefe Ahkbar, were found on the roof of the building with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A rifle was discovered next to his body, according to reports.
Ahkbar was initially said to have been an ex-member of Yellow Dogs seeking revenge, but according to the BBC, he was actually a musician with another group.
Authorities have yet to establish a motive for the crimes.
Yellow Dogs, made up of Iranian expatriates living in the U.S., rose to fame after appearing in 2009 movie No One Knows About Persian Cats, which won a prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. Their song New Century featured on the film's soundtrack.
Humans take for granted their sense of vision so it's always interesting to see how animals see the world from their viewpoint. We all know to avoid wearing red when in Pamplona, Spain and that you should freeze when confronted by a giant T-Rex to avoid detection, but how does the rest of the animal kingdom work?
Using some tricky camera work and color filters, this video from Buzzfeed illustrates how different creatures detect light, heat and movement. First of all, flies totally have beer goggles. Also, now we know why mice are so tricky to catch and why sharks sometimes have the tendency to eat people. It's not their fault!
So instead of sitting through countless hours of nature documentaries, you can simply watch this video to get the gist on animal vision. It also debunks some persistent myths, like dogs only see in black and white and cats can see right through your bulls**t. Maybe that last part is false.
Last week's New Girl found the loftmates celebrating Halloween a week early. The party was, needless to say, a bit of a mess (though not as much so as Schmidt's hellacious office party from a few weeks ago). Antics aside, all of the roommates (plus Cece, of course) had very...well, interesting costumes. Let's take a look, ranked worst to best.
Oh, Cece...I know you just had your heart broken, but that has got to be one of the lamest costumes ever. A cheetah bralette and a pirate hat? What is that supposed to be? A catty pirate—I mean, is that even a thing? Maybe I'm missing something here.
Okay, so to be fair, Nick tried even less than Cece, but at least his laziness forced him into a bit of originality: his costume consisted mainly of a rainbow beach towel (secured oh-so-classily with a piece of duct tape) and an old "happy birthday" crown. He dubbed it, "The Paper Mountain Trash King."
Are we really surprised that Jess would have a completely obnoxious costume? It's even worse than Shelby's "Reigning Cats and Dogs" bit from season 2: Joey Ramone-a Quimby. Pure insufferability. Though she does get points for the adorable bob (maybe Ms. Pantene Spokesperson can be the next starlet to make the chop).
So as much as everyone teased him for his David Letterman costume (Schmidt thought he was Maya Angelou), it was actually pretty spot-on. He got the shaggy gray wig just right, and the gold, wire-rimmed glasses? So pitch-perfect I got chills.
Is it really any surprise that Schmidt had the best costume of the bunch? He went as a "public serpent"—basically, he wore a skin-tight (would we expect anything else from our favorite douchebag?) lizard costume, and paired it with a snazzy purple tie. Only Schmidt has the confidence to make himself look that ridiculous—and that is why we love him.
Actor Pierce Brosnan is backing a new campaign to reduce the number of dogs and cats who end up in shelters. The former Bond star has teamed up with TV dog behaviourist Cesar Millan to help raise awareness of the importance of having pets neutered and spayed to stop unwanted pooches from being put down.
Brosnan has designed artwork for vehicle licence plates to raise funds for the cause, with profits from the sales going towards programs throughout the state of California.
Milan explains, "The most humane way not to kill a dog is to spay and neuter. When we kill four to five million dogs nationally per year, what that says about our behaviour is that we have become a disposable society. To me, a spay and neuter campaign is just as important as the Buckle Up campaign; it saves lives."
Animal-loving pop star Ke$Ha has issued an urgent appeal asking fans to adopt pets from a California rescue centre facing closure. The Kern County Animal Control facility in Bakersfield will shut its doors forever later this month (30Sep13), and the TiK ToK hitmaker has joined the volunteers who are scrambling to rehome the shelter's abandoned cats and dogs.
Ke$ha took to her Twitter.com page to ask followers for help, writing, "Anyone interested in saving a life!? Please go to Kern County Animal Shelter. They are being evicted and have over 700 dogs and cats that need to be rescued by September 30th or they will all be put down. Dogs are $15 and cats are $5. All are spayed/neutered, microchipped and have shots. Please go and save a life!"