Dan views life as a gift, a beautiful spiritual journey. He meditates frequently, is a vegan and believes that we humans, as custodians of the planet, have a responsibility to live and make choices from a foundation of love and compassion.A fundamental part of who Dan is at the very core is his lifelong love of animals. He is an empath - can't help but feel what an animal is feeling. He says he cannot and will not stand idly by while they are suffering. Acting is Dan's passion and it's a career he feels truly blessed and grateful to have, but animal conservation is his purpose in life. Happily, one facilitates the other very well, certainly in terms of raising awareness.
Rula Lenska is a renowned and sought after actor, presenter and passionate campaigner for wildlife especially elephants who have been a life long passion!
She says - "I have had the honour of spending many glorious moments in their majestic presence and am ever more in awe of these gentle giants and cannot imagine a world without them. I am thrilled to be asked to be a patron and will do what I can to further the beliefs and compassionate workings for their welfare through Sangita and her dedicated team of elephant saviours both wild and in captivity. I was deeply moved by the film Gods in Shackles! And even more moved on meeting the very special Sangita who made the film. Another powerful iconic woman to join the ranks of my heroines. Her energy is compelling and it was this and her passion that made me want to be part of VFAES."
As a Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Animal Welfare Group I have long made it my mission to raise awareness of animal suffering, campaign against cruelty and seek to protect wildlife as well as our environment.
"Asian elephants sadly face human persecution both in terms of their capture for cruel entertainment and loss of habitat through urbanisation and man’s encroachment. As intelligent and beautiful animals, elephants as a species deserve our protection."