Kristin Bauer van Straten is best known for playing a ruthless bloodsucker on HBO’s True Blood. But in real life she is a huge animal rights activist who wouldn’t hurt a fly. She has worked tirelessly on campaigns to end whaling, rhino poaching and the trade of elephant ivory.
In 2011 she wrote to the EU about their impending deadline for the cosmetic testing ban. “No animal should suffer and die to test lipstick or eye shadow,” she said. “That’s why I’m writing to urge you to keep the European Union on the path to modern, innovative cosmetics testing.”