Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past six years, you’ve def heard of Game of Thrones. The super-addictive fantasy series has unbelievably good plot twists that have kept us on the edge of our seats—and the cast has won us over off set, too.
Turns out that a few of our GoT faves are huge heroes for animals. Check out all the wonderful things that these actors have done to support animal rights:
Who doesn’t love Arya’s I-can-do-bad-all-by-myself attitude? Maisie Williams plays a young woman who would much rather take up a sword than get dolled up. This talented actor is a total badass IRL, too. She uses her powerful voice (and cheeky IG posts) to raise awareness of animal rights. She sticks up for animals trapped at SeaWorld, and—in the spirit of her on-screen character—she wants them to have the right to live freely.
Peter Dinklage plays Lord Tyrion Lannister, whose witty comebacks have made him a crowd fave. A longtime vegetarian, Dinklage isn’t new to the animal rights scene, and he isn’t afraid to flaunt his compassionate side. He’s worked with peta2 to expose the truth about factory farms and the consequences of buying meat, eggs, and dairy “products.” He’s also urged fans not to buy huskies—who look similar to direwolves—and to adopt dogs from shelters instead.
3. Lena Headey
Lena Headey’s on-screen character, Queen Cersei Lannister, can be ruthless, but IRL, the actor’s über-sweet! She worked with PETA to raise awareness of the abuse that animals endure in circuses. She exposed dark truths about what happens to these animals behind the scenes: They’re chained, beaten, whipped, and forced to perform meaningless tricks against their will.
Nathalie Emmanuel has a huge heart for animals. You may know her as Missandei, a former slave turned loyal confidant of Queen Daenerys. Emmanuel’s a proud vegan, and she loves sharing her delish vegan creations on Instagram. Yum!
5. Alfie Allen
Alfie’s character, Theon Greyjoy, has led a very hard life and has gained widespread sympathy from GoT fans. Luckily, Alfie’s real-life situation is much sunnier—especially with his newly adopted rescued pup! Alfie’s Pomeranian was a huge hit at Comic-Con ’17 and put a smile on everyone’s face.
Like this terrific cast, you can do amazing things for animals! Download peta2’s free iPhone app to learn about the latest victories for animals, get in touch directly with companies to ask them to stop hurting animals, and earn points to get tons of free stuff.