'Dancing King of Asia' Opens His Heart and His Wallet to Animals in Need
For Immediate Release: December 13, 2011
Taipei -- For repeatedly coming to the defense and rescue of stray dogs and other unwanted animals and sparing no expense to provide them with happy, healthy, love-filled lives, Taiwan's Show Luo has been named Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia. Known throughout the region as the "Dancing King of Asia," Show has used his good fortune to raise awareness about the importance of respecting and helping animals in need. The award comes on the heels of Show's brand-new PETA ad in which he appears with rescued canine pal Bobby and holds a sign that reads, "Adopt Dogs, Don't Buy!" in an effort to take a bite out of the homeless-animal crisis. He has also posed for another PETA ad, which will be released next year.
"I truly believe that when people hurt, we can say so, but dogs hurt too; it's just that they can't speak up," said Show in an exclusive PETA interview. "I hope all of us can treat everyone with compassion, whether they're humans or animals." He also cautions people about getting an animal on impulse. "It's a huge responsibility to keep a dog, so if you can't take on that responsibility, don't even have one, because it wouldn't be good for the dog."
The following are a few examples of Show's acts of kindness toward animals:
*He donated NT$100,000 to an elderly woman to help her care for her stray dogs. *He regularly uses his Weibo account to speak out against cruelty to animals. *He gave his lunch to a stray dog and commented, "I hope everyone loves him. Don't abandon him!" *He will date only those girls who meet his mother's high standards--which include being compassionate and loving toward animals. *He has personally adopted 14 cats and 12 dogs. *He wore faux fur on the cover of his album All for You.
In addition, Show spent NT$20 million to buy a piece of land for his mother--whom he credits with instilling in him compassion for others--to create a home for more than 30 dogs, many of whom she has adopted. The new facility--to be named Mama Luo's Home--will have a climate-control system as well as automatic feeding and cleaning devices for the animals. It is scheduled to be completed in April.
After learning yesterday that he had been named Person of the Year, Show Luo said, "I am honored to accept this reward on behalf of all the compassionate rescuers who work so hard to help animals every single day. We all do what we can--and we all wish we could do more."
For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.