CSI: Crime Scene Investigation actress Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) is a staunch advocate for animal rights. She is a spokesperson for Animal Defenders International, which works to rescue animals all over the world and educate the public about animals and environmental issues. In addition to her offscreen advocacy, Fox’s role on CSI gives her a chance to highlight important animal-related causes on the show. “Calling attention to these issues—whether it is on CSI or with Animal Defenders International—is a passion of mine,” Fox told Parade. “CSI’s writers care about these issues too, and do such a great job in weaving them into the show.”
The crime drama has used episodes to draw attention to a number of animal rights issues, including gorilla poaching in season one’s “Evaluation Day”, canned hunting in the season five episode “Unbearable” (which earned the show a Genesis Award from the Humane Society), factory farming in “Loco Motives” during season seven, dog fighting in the season eight episode “Lying Down With Dogs” (which also earned the show a Genesis Award), and the cruelty of shark fin soup in season eleven’s “Pool Shark”.
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