Remembering Mary Tyler Moore: Beloved Icon and Animal Activist

Mary Tyler Moore, one of the nation’s most-beloved actresses, passed away today, surrounded by loved ones at a Connecticut hospital at age 80.

Famous for her role on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, and then on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s, she was also a fierce animal rights activist.

From writing to politicians urging them to pass legislation protecting farmed animals to ditching animal products and embracing a veg lifestyle, Moore truly had compassion for all beings.

In a 1996 episode of Ellen, Moore congratulated Ellen DeGeneres on freeing a lobster from a seafood restaurant. On the topic of inhumane treatment of animals, Moore told Ellen, “Lobsters, like humans, can feel pain.


In 2001, Moore sponsored the Great American Meatout. She worked with other celebrities and Farm Sanctuary to teach the public how to be healthy without eating meat.

Moore also supported companion animal rights and even adopted numerous shelter dogs and cats. She used her bold personality to encourage others to adopt.

Mary Tyler Moore was a true friend to all beings and will be dearly missed. She led by example and showed us all what bravery, kindness, and determination were. A kinder future draws ever near because of her passion.