Animal Rights Advocates at Anaheim’s ComicCon

Actress Linda Blair at the Anaheim ComicCon for the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation (c) TheLiberalOC

The Anaheim ComicCon was an exceptional event. We attended Friday and Saturday and the line waiting to get in the convention center floor was out the door.  The event easily had one of the best roster of celebrities for any recent sci-fi/comic book convention I’ve attended and there were a considerable number of famous names there who were using their celebrity to raise money for worthy causes — mostly with animals rights and animal resuce organizations.

LiberalOC blogger Dan Chmielewski with actress Linda Blair at the Anaheim ComicCon (c) TheLiberalOC

Exorcist actress Linda Blair was a huge draw and made sure everyone who left her table also left with a brochure on The Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation which rescues homeless and abandoned dogs including a number of pups rescued and relocated from New Orleans in the wake of Hurrican Katrina.  Ms. Blair’s foundation brings attention to issues of animal overpopulation, spaying, dog fighting, and abandoned or abused dogs.  Ms. Blair was so passionate about these animals and her charity, it was easy to drop some dough into the donation jar.  Proceeds from her autographs went to the foundation.  And attention Hollywood, she is still an amazing and vibrant actress.  Blair was autographing copies of her Exorcist parody “Re-posessed” featuring the OC’s own late-great Wally George.

Dan Chmielewski with MASH actress Loretta Swit at Anaheim ComicCon; Swit was raising money for HARPS, a charity that rescues hooved animals (c) TheLiberalOC

MASH actress Loretta Swit was donating all proceeds from autographs to the Hooved Animal Rescue Protection Society (HARPS).  She has been a spokeperson for the Humane Society of the United States and was once named Woman of the Year by both the Animal Protection Institute and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.  HARPS is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation to abused and neglected hooved animals.  And while Ms. Swit was very gracious in hearing her fans admire her work, she spent time with each person talking about HARPS.

Dan Chmielewski with Batman actor Burt Ward of Gentle Giants in Norco (c) 2010, The

Actor Burt Ward is best known for playing Robin to Adam West’s Batman in the 1960s TV series for ABC.  I heard him do an interview with Stephanie Miller about his giant dog rescue he runs in nearby Norco.  And after he signed my “Robin” photo, he asked about my dog and provided tips to keep my dog healthy.  And he spent time talking about his work with these magnificant animals.

But animal resuce organizations weren’t the only charity in play.  “Austin Powers” actress Mindy Sterling was raising money to support cancer research. So not only did you get a signed photo and a photo taken with her, but she gave out a t-shirt for cancer awareness.  I have a nephew in Boston who’s been battling cancer for nearly two years and he’s one of the bravest people I know, so it’s hard not to be impressed by these performers and how they are using their celebrity for worthy causes.

Dan Chmielewski with Mindy Sterling from Austin Powers at Anaheim ComicCon; she was raising money for cancer research (c) 2010 TheLiberalOC

  4 comments for “Animal Rights Advocates at Anaheim’s ComicCon

  1. tru
    April 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Did you realize that one of the “Gentle Giant” sites you linked to was one that’s highly critical of Burt Ward’s organization?

  2. April 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Burt said he was feeding his dogs about 600 pounds of dog food a day. When I Googled the site, it was the first thing that came up. And I’m also a firm believer that sunlight is the best disinfectant. If there is something not right with Burt’s organization, then he can fix it. But there is no question he’s passionate about these animals.

  3. April 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Animal Welfare or Animal Rights?

    Here are some of the differences:

    As animal welfare advocates. . .

    · We seek to improve the treatment and well-being of animals.

    · We support the humane treatment of animals that ensures comfort and freedom from unnecessary pain and suffering.

    · We believe we have the right to “own” animals — they are our property.

    · We believe animal owners should provide loving care for the lifetime of their animals.

    As animal rights activists. . .

    · They seek to end the use and ownership of animals, including the keeping of pets.

    · They believe that any use of an animal is exploitation so, not only must we stop using animals for food and clothing, but pet ownership must be outlawed as well.

    · They want to obtain legal rights for animals as they believe that animals and humans are equal.

    · They use false and unsubstantiated allegations of animal abuse to raise funds, attract media attention and bring supporters into the movement.

    · (The Inhumane Crusade, Daniel T. Oliver – Capital Research Center)

    • Dan Chmielewski
      April 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      well, there are some liberals who might call themselves animal rights advocates who don’t share your definition. And no one is taking my dog.

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