Professional athletes as spokespeople for animal welfare

Professional athletes in most competitive sports gain a lot of media attention for their achievements and rightly so.  Some also use their fame to help other causes, including animal welfare (and this makes me like them even more).

Some athletes, like professional baseball player David Ortiz (‘Big Papi’) of the Boston Red Sox, team with corporate sponsors to get the word out about animal adoption and shelters.  Such is the case in the video linked below, sponsored by Pedigree.

Earlier today, New Zealand’s All Blacks won a place in the Rugby World Cup final.  Sadly, I’m struggling to name an All Black that has used his fame to promote an animal welfare cause.  Please tell me if I’m wrong.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

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