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Celebrities star in animal welfare charity film

Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad is the latest charity to enlist celebrities to take part in online video promotion.

The actor Brian Blessed is among celebrities voicing an animated charity film to highlight the welfare of working animals abroad.

The veteran actor is voicing a sniffer dog for the film, by the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA), which aims to raise funding and awareness for the welfare of working animals in developing countries.

This includes providing veterinary care, animal welfare training for owners and education of school children in how to treat and look after animals.

Others taking part are BBC TV Dragons Den entrepreneur Deborah Meaden and ITV’s Downton Abbey actor Peter Egan.

Meaden is voicing a sheepdog, while Egan is portraying a police horse.

“We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas,” said SPANA Chief Executive Geoffrey Dennis.

“SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals.’

The film has been made available on Youtube and has been created with the agency Don’t Panic.

“I support SPANA’s work wholeheartedly, and it was wonderful to be a art of this new film,” said Blessed.

“In the poorest communities across the world, people work tirelessly to simply put food on the table for their families – and working animals are their lifeline.

“The lives of these people and animals are unimaginably difficult, but we can help make a considerable difference to them.’

Animal Welfare Celebrity endorsement

Other celebrities to star in online charity films recently include Ant and Dec’s promotion for Guide Dogs last week.

Earlier this month the actor Martin Freeman was among famous faces starring in Stand Up to Cancer’s latest promotional push.

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