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Nikki Reed Speaks Out to End BSL

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She’s starred in the Twilight film franchise and in the Oscar-nominated indie flick Thirteen, and now actress Nikki Reed has stepped in front of the camera in her real life role as an animal advocate to help dogs who are often hounded by prejudice.

A proud pet parent to nine companion animals, Reed– who recently used her star wattage to shine a light on The Beagle Freedom Bill, which would allow dogs and cats who have been subjected to laboratory research to be adopted out once testing has come to an end– has partnered with The Humane Society of the United States for an ad campaign to help in the battle against Breed Specific Legislation, which has torn dogs away from their human families, contributed to the problem of overcrowding in shelters, and has led to needless euthanization.

The video, which also stars Barnaby, an alum of the Los Angeles-based retail store/rescue Bark N’ Bitches, premiered in late March during a gala event honoring the actress with The Humane Society of the United States’ Inspirational Award.

In a February 2015 interview with Reed, the actress stated: “You can’t judge an entire breed based on one story you read. These dogs are incredible; they’re some of the most loyal and loving companions, and it just breaks my heart to see them generalized like this.”

Photo Credit: The Humane Society of the United States