May 13th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

Jane Lynch: Love for animals made me a better person

Jane Lynch has signed up for a move that her “Glee" alter-ego, Sue Sylvester, might not have made: she’s serving as a pitch woman for PETA.

She’s the latest celebrity to team up with the organization to encourage spaying and neutering in order to curtail animal overpopulation. Other celebs who have worked with the organization include Carrie Ann Inaba, Simon Cowell, Patricia Arquette and Mickey Rourke.

In Lynch’s spot, she’s targeting people who carelessly breed dogs and cats in a quirky campaign for the animal rights group.

“The good folks at PETA asked me to say a few words about the importance of good posture and personal hygiene —but I don’t want to talk about that,” says Lynch in the TV spot. “I want to talk about the 4 million dogs and cats who are euthanized every year because there aren’t enough homes for all of them.”

The 49-year-old actress told PETA in an interview that dogs and cats have had made a positive impact on her life. “Having dogs and cats who I love so thoroughly has made me a better partner, has made me a better friend. And the love is so unconditional from the animals. I’ve just become a much better person because of my love for animals,” she said.

She also wrote a letter on PETA’s behalf to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, urging him to support a law that would require dogs and cats in her native Chicago to be spayed or neutered.

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  1. Austin Cook

    light switches should be made from oxygen free copper so that they last longer`*-

    October 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DrRosset

    PeTA and HSUS and other animal rights groups want to end all use of animals for any reason. Their goal is to force this country and others to become only vegans which means to change your rights and biology through force of law. They neither care about animals or what happens to them once the law is passed which in every case increased the killing rates. LA shelters were decreasing their kill rate until the animal rights groups forced Mandatory Spay and Neuter and pet ownership limits. This increased kill rates for the first time with the adoptions of Mandatory sterilization laws, without exception, have failed across the board. Costs have skyrocketed. With the financial problems facing this city, how responsible is it to pass a law proven to drain the coffers even further and at the same time increase the number of animals killed? The only point of pet limit laws is to reduce the number of pets and available homes for any possible future pets. Zero birth rate in domesticated animals means extinction and that is the goal of all animal rights groups. These organizations push lies against farmers, medical researchers and breeders. Responsible breeders spend more money on their dogs than they would ever make in selling puppies. That is the first lie put out by PeTA and HSUS. With these laws licensing compliance drops, and with it a large amount of revenue, as breeders and owners are driven underground by a punitive, adversarial system which creates criminals out of innocent citizens. And those hurt worst of all are the ones these laws are supposed to protect, the animals themselves. In the year since L.A. passed its own MSN ordinance, euthanasias in the city have increased 30%, reversing many years of steady progress in reducing those numbers. In the parts of San Mateo County covered by an MSN ordinance, dog deaths increased by 126% and cats by 86%. On the other hand, both those numbers declined in the city of San Mateo, which did not have such an ordinance. There is not a single example of success for these measures ANYWHERE, but the examples of their huge failures are EVERYWHERE. So I ask again, what is wrong with the supposedly intelligent reasonable people we have elected to serve us? Why would you deliberately increase distrust between pet owners and their government rather than fostering the cooperative spirit essential for success? Recent veterinary research has overturned previous assumptions about the long-term impact of sterilization, which, in addition to negative health consequences, is more likely to increase aggression than not. Even the AVMA has issued a position statement firmly opposed to mandatory spay/neuter laws. What right does the government have to mandate surgical procedures, especially in the face of such evidence from those who have actually earned the right to call themselves veterinarians?

    These laws will drive many responsible breeders out of the practice, thereby reducing the supply of healthy well-bred pets. The demand will still be met, by the flood of poorly bred animals currently being imported to the U.S. from third world countries. Are the cast off strays of those impoverished nations (who bring in parasites and diseases including RABIES) preferable to healthy, socialized, American bred dogs and cats? Are they more likely to be abandoned to shelters? What do you think?

    PeTA stands for People Euthanizing The Animals and nothing less.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tweek

    When you stop being "Vegan" .....Do you have a cat or dog ? Are they Vegan ? It IS about the organization as that is who she is blindly supporting .

    May 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Vegan4Life

    WHO CARES! Its not the ORG it's the message she is sending.

    Look at the bigger picture people and stop bickering!

    May 14, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michele

    How I detest ignorance. Jane, if you think breeders are in it for the money I'd wager you never bothered to meet one. Most breeders raise their animals underfoot, in their homes, and show them to prove conformance and the continuation of particular genetic stock. They operate with massive losses, losses that cannot be written off at the same time the tax man demands part of any income. Look at the tax filings, do the math yourself, and research non-propaganda sites. PeTA kills animals. HSUS helps itself and lobbies for oppressive law to tell your vet what they can or cannot do with your pet. If you or this actress truly loved animals – the LAST people you would support is PeTA. I'm glad their "e" is lower case, to tip off that ethics are the least of their concerns...

    May 14, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tweek

    PETA does NOTHING good for animals , except euthanize them . HSUS spends 5% of it's money (that it wrings out of unknowing donors ) on animal care . Most is salary /politics .

    May 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michele

    So disappointed that Jane would push mandatory spay neuter. Obviously she doesn't know that every place it has been madated, it as has failed. MANDATORY spay neuter punishes the responsible owners, and the irresponsible owners, who aren't taking care of their animals in the first place, don't comply. Spaying and neutering your pet needs to be a decision between a pet owner and their veterinarian, not something pushed by celebrities who don't know what they are talking about. Shame on you, Jane, I thought you were smarter than that!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tweek

    For PETA it is not about "asking" you to speuter , but mandating it . Where will those pets she love come from ? Oh , shelters . Oh , what about when all pets are speutered and no kore exist ? That is the PETA and HSUS fanatical goal .

    Early speuter is harmful to dogs and can actually increase cancer risks .

    If you want forced speuter , start with those who want it for my pets !The world will be a better and safer place .

    As for comments by someone who said they knew the PETA founders and how wonderful they are Ingrid Newkirk's will and directive about what she wants done with her body after death , Just plain crazy !

    May 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mbs

    It's sad that so many of you completely missed Jane's message. She's not asking you to give money to PETA or to support PETA, so stop going on and on about yourself and your lofty opinions as to why you don't like PETA. Irrelevant.

    Now go back and read what Jane said about 4 million animals being euthanized every year. And this time think about what you can do to help them.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LeoMom

    Sorry, but I never neuter my boys. It is NOT better for them if you really do the research. Europeans don't spay or neuter unless medically necessary. It is the people who should not own animals who cause this problem. PETA kills animals and I will not support anyone who supports them.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. April

    Spaying and neutering your pets and keeping pure bred animals in the world are all important. Just do all the research you can before adopting ANY pet. Make sure your lifestyle is condusive to having a pet. They require a sacrifice of time and energy.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Russell Hammond, Hollywood

    One more about helping animals then I'll shaddup. (Maybe.)

    You want to help animals? Try this organization, for one. "Feeding Pets of the Homeless" does just that and they do it through volunteers and donations. They operate with a minuscule "marketing" and operations budget so almost all of the donations go directly to the animals' welfare. (Ask PETA about their marketing budget and how much actually makes it to help animals.) I assist the Feeding Pets SoCal chapter from time to time (when I have time) and have learned a lot about compassion from their many volunteers. These are amazing people. On the other hand, the only thing I've ever gained from PETA people is the realization that ignorance is bliss.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cindy

    Another reason to love Glee and Susan Sylvester. What an actress! What a great cause!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jane

    When you bring an animal into your life, you are not purchasing a pair of shoes or handbag. You are sharing your life with an animal, and you never ever will be guaranteed of temperament, etc. even if you get it from a breeder. Diseases run in all animals. Have you heard of inbreeding? It causes more problems that you will find in rescue animals.

    Breeders are in business to make money – that is all. Animals are a product to them. Nothing more. They pretend to care, but if they really cared, they would not breed animals, while the millions of animals already here, are being put to death because they do not have homes.

    There are great websites, such as, if you want a specific breed (for whatever reason) you can look up the breed and find thousands of animals (purebred) looking for homes.

    Don't breed or buy, while homeless pets die.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Russell Hammond, Hollywood

    Again, the people I know who support PETA know about the organization through their friends and not by researching them. PETA is a terrible organization and they squander millions of dollars on stupid and worthless stunts to get attention – yet, that does nothing to assist animals. So many other worthy animal non profits go begging while PETA undermines their own cause. Pathetic.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dynadobe

    Yes, don't we ALL just love animals? Except PETA kills about 97% of the ones they 'rescue'. And HSUS (PETA in a suit) supports no pet shelters; your local humane society doesn't see a penny from HSUS. I have the right to buy from a breeder, because I want to know what the adult dog will be like, its temperament, its size, the parents, and even the possible diseases that run in the breed. Breeders are the ones that provide funds for eliminating diseases, by the way. And they do a great job producing great animals for the most part. I hate the breeder-bashing that goes on. Where do you suppose those dogs from raids and seizures that you get in the shelter come from? DUH! Please donate to your LOCAL shelters and rescues.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  17. pit bull owner

    Lorin, I like how you pat yourself on the back for supporting a terrible industry by maligning a breed of extremely loyal, loving dogs... pit bulls are only as bad as their owners, and with a little care make the sweetest dogs a person could ask for. But then you might not have what it takes to raise one right if you can sleep with yourself after putting money in the pockets of the puppy mills...

    May 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lorin

    Hana- I hear what you are saying. However, I gave my beagle a nice loving home from a poorly taken care of pet store. I looked in shelters before hand only to find that most of them animals in there were pittbull's. I am very thankful that I gave Zoey a home because she is the greatest dog I could ever ask for and could not picture my life without her. I'm glad that Jane Lynch is speaking up for animals. They all need our voices to be heard for them as they can not speak for themsevles. I'm not too knowledgeable on peta though but the animals are very important, so any voice for them is a good one. 🙂 And, I love Jane on glee as Sue, I think she's great!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Larry

    I agree with Lynn. People should do more helping animals than criticizing PETA. If you really did your research you would know that PETA has done more for animals than any other organization. God, do something besides complain for once in your life!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Lynn

    "when you do as much good work in your lifetime as PETA does in one week, then I'll listen to the childish whining and complaining." AMEN Vegan!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Vegan

    Hana, I hear that argument all the time.

    Your scenario would only take place if suddenly, like flipping a light switch, everyone stopped buying animals. Fact is, it's going to take some time for people to wake up to the problem. It's all about supply and demand. The fewer people buy, the less demand and fewer will be produced. Let animals stay in the store a little longer before someone buys them so the puppy mills can begin going out of business.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Hana

    While I don't agree with purchasing cats and dogs from pet stores, those poor animals need homes, too. What would happen to all of them if people stopped going there? They would be put down, too. My main concern is people shelling out all of this money for the wrong reason, only to take their dog to an animal shelter or leave them on the street months later when they're no longer interested in having a pet.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Neda

    SPAY & NEUTER YOUR PETS AND ADOPT FROM SHELTERS. Shelter pets are some of the sweetest, kindest and most rewarding companions you will ever find.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Vegan

    Oh, get over it already. Stop spreading the lies and propaganda. I've known both of PETA's founders for 20 years and they are both wonderful people.

    PETA fights for all animals and encourages people to adopt instead of buying, because when you buy an animal they produce another to take its place - and the one you didn't adopt from a shelter is killed.

    Yes, they have occasionally taken unadoptable animals from area shelters and painlessly euthanized them so as to avoid the horrendous gas chambers or other barbaric methods still in use in some shelters.

    Avoid adding to the pet overpopulation problem by (A) spaying and (B) adopting. And when you do as much good work in your lifetime as PETA does in one week, then I'll listen to the childish whining and complaining.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonny Lazenby

      PETA gave a friend of mine an award for resecuing a dog that was abandoned. My friend had built up vet bills because the dog needed vet care. When PETA was asked to help pay the vet bills for this person who gallantly recued this dog, the response was no. PETA really means People who Euthanize The Animals. Come on people, do your research on this horrible organization! They spend most of their money, funds donated by you, to euthanize the animals!

      November 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Lisa B.

    I don't agree with the majority of the stuff that PETA does either, but I commend any celebrity that encourages spaying and neutering of pets. The sad bottom line is there are too many cats and dogs and not enough homes. That message is true and needs to be spread no matter what organization is behind it.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  26. Russell Hammond, Hollywood

    Graxe is right. If you love animals and want to help them, there are so many more worthy organizations to put your efforts into than PETA. My experience is people who join or contribute to PETA don't do their homework first and read up on the scandals and failures surrounding the organization.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  27. Mary

    As an animal lover myself, I'm always happy to see stars lend their name and support to help animals. I'm even happier since it is Jane Lynch! Love her! What a great actress! REMEMBER....SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PETS!!!! It's healthier for your pet and will cut down on the number of strays roaming the streets and on the number of animals who will be put down in shelters.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  28. Graxe

    Hmmm – if she loves animals so much, why would she shill for an org that KILLS 97% of the animals they take in??

    May 13, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |

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