Jackie Evancho, Ambassador for Animals
Since last year, Jackie Evancho has worked with The Humane Society of the United States to raise awareness about the need to protect baby seals from cruel hunters through the Humane Society of the United States’ Protect Seals campaign.
Because of her commitment to help not only seals but all animals, the Humane Society of the United States named Jackie an Ambassador for Animals. In her role, she shares information about important animal issues with her fans and the public in addition to encouraging kids to get involved, too.
As an Ambassador for Animals, Jackie will also be the spokesperson for Mission: Humane, a Humane Society of the United States program that guides children in helping animals. Mission: Humane provides information on animal issues and encourages kids to get involved like Jackie.
Mission: Humane focuses on specific issues and campaigns to protect animals while also providing information on everything from how to start a club at school to actions anyone can take to make a difference. Current campaigns include stopping puppy mills, preventing animal cruelty, and promoting wildlife appreciation, and plans to extend the Protect Seals campaign into Mission: Humane are in development.
For more information on Mission: Humane, visit humanesociety.org.
Jackie joined the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International last year to speak out against the killing of harp seals for their fur.
Harp seals are beautiful animals who migrate to Canada’s east coast annually to give birth. When they’re born, baby harp seals have snowy white coats that help them blend in to the snow and ice that is their home. It is now illegal to hunt the baby whitecoats, but sadly, as soon as they start to moult their white fur at less than two weeks old, they continue to be brutally killed in a massive hunt off the east coast of Canada. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International have been documenting the beauty of the baby seals and the horror of the hunt in an effort to raise awareness and exert pressure on Canada to stop the annual hunt. They’ve also organized a very successful boycott of Canadian seafood since Canadian fishermen are commonly the ones leading the hunt. To date, more than 650,000 individuals and 5,500 restaurants, grocery stores and chefs have signed on.
Last year, Jackie treated friends of the Protect Seals campaign to a special performance of "Nella Fantasia" at The Humane Society of the United States “Chefs for Seals” event in Los Angeles. Take a look at this exclusive interview with Jackie, and enjoy her magnificent voice raised in support of the Protect Seals campaign.