January Jones Dives Back into Shark Conservation, Reese Witherspoon's Elephant Memory, and More


Photo: Oceana

"Mad Men" actress January Jones continues her work with Oceana's shark conservation in this new PSA she filmed while swimming with whale sharks in Belize's Gladden Spit Marine Reserve. Though whale sharks are among the ocean's largest, Jones says she wasn't nervous to get so close: "Sharks are amazing animals, and most are not interested in us. We know this because science shows it -- whale sharks eat plankton. It sounds funny, but sharks really need a lot more allies and friends right now."

January Jones Swims with Whale Sharks from Oceana on Vimeo.




Video: UNEP

Gisele Bündchen and Don Cheadle, both ambassadors for the UN Environment Programme, coordinated their efforts for the upcoming World Environment Day on June 5: As part of the WED Challenge, the two are facing off in a tree-planting showdown. As participants -- that's you -- sign up to make green changes on WEDChallenge.com, they'll donate their activity to one of the ambassadors. For each person that teams up with Bundchen, the model will plant a tree -- and for everyone who chooses Cheadle, the actor will plant two.

Reese Witherspoon's Elephant Memory

Photo: Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Though Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon got top billing in "Water for Elephants," the breakout star is Tai, the elephant who plays Rosie. In the movie, Rosie is abused by her trainer, and Animal Defenders International recently released footage of Tai and other elephants being beaten with bull hooks while under the care of Have Trunk Will Travel -- raising questions about how the elephants were trained before joining the film set. During filming, the American Humane Society was on set to make sure that no animals were harmed, and Witherspoon says that painful training methods were a non issue. "They're very conscious of how the animals were treated," she says on The Huffington Post. "They're just the happiest animals. You can tell."

Ginnifer Goodwin Gives Up Veganism

Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons Ginnifer Goodwin -- formerly the face of Farm Sanctuary's Thanksgiving Adopt a Turkey program -- is the latest celeb to give up veganism, reports Jezebel. The actress, who had been vegan since 2008, told Showbiz Spy that "boring health issues" forced her to add some animal products back to her routine. "The first thing I ate was an egg that I found from a humane farm... and I scrambled it up. It was the most delicious thing I've ever eaten. I felt like a hypocrite and I cried and then I scrambled up another one." In 2009, she told W magazine that being vegan came naturally to her: "For me there's no "try" involved. There's nothing I want less than a piece of cheese or a burger."

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