The land of Westeros is an intense place, what with the dragons and the in-fighting and all the unfortunate wedding situations that go down around there. Honestly, is there a person up in there who isn’t worried for their own neck? If a man can only be brave when they’re afraid, Westeros must be chalk full of the bravest people alive…for now.
Fortunately, the cast that brings all that intrigue and drama to HBO’s Game of Thrones is made up of not only brave folks but some pretty caring individuals as well. From championing wild lions, to adopting their homeless co-stars, these actors and actresses lead by example when it comes to spending their time and effort on helping animals in both big and small ways. To an animal, every little bit of compassion makes an incredible difference and helps us move toward a kinder planet.
They may be running around trying to put an end to one another on the show, but these Green Monsters demonstrate that everyone can stand up and be a voice for animals in their own way. Brace yourselves, kindness is coming.
A vegetarian and supporter of animal rights, Headey has worked with PETA to campaign on behalf of circus animals. “No one deserves to be beaten and forced to perform against their will,” says the actress known for playing Cersei Lannister, “but that’s exactly what happens to animals in circuses.”
Known for playing the fan favorite Tyrion Lannister on the show, off screen Dinklage is a vegetarian and major animal lover. Saying in his PETA ad about vegetarianism, “I like animals. All animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me. That’s why I’m a vegetarian.”
If you think that Arya Stark is a badass, she’s got nothing on the actress who plays her. Joining in marches against the dolphin cull in Taiji, Williams is staunchly against the cruel practice as well as the captivity of dolphins. She says, “There are so many ways to get in touch with animals in the wild, in their natural habitat. The fact that we think putting them in tanks is good for anyone is just nonsense, really.”
When Game of Thrones opted to go with CGI for their dire wolves as the show progressed, Sansa Stark’s ill-fated Lady was out of a job and looking at being re-homed. Sophie Turner, who plays Stark, stepped in and adopted Zunni, giving the beautiful dog a new forever home and lots of love.
Known as Bronn in the land of Westeros, Flynn is a major defender for wildlife. Working with The Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT), he’s marched in London to protect lions in the wild. “To save the white lions, we need to raise global awareness of their sacred power and beauty – and how close we are to losing them in the world,” he said after he threw his support behind a partnership with Conscious Chocolate and WLT.