Glee star Lea Michele (Rachel) has a long history of activism, and her latest effort to end animal cruelty has paid off in a major way!

It's no secret that Lea — who owns Sheila, a cat that she rescued from the Paramount lot, and new dog Pearl — is passionate about caring for our furry friends (and by "furry friend," we're not referring to Robin Williams). She has been a vegetarian for years and has appeared in ads to stop the use of horse-drawn carriages in NYC.

This week, Lea joined forces with the Humane Society to ask New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill allowing local governments to regulate state-wide puppy mills. Puppy mills, as you may know, are commercial dog-breeding facilities, and some of them have been accused of constantly impregnating the female dogs while forcing them to live in unclean conditions.

As it turns out, Lea's valiant effort quickly had an effect! Within a day of Lea sending her letter, the governor officially signed legislation to get tough on puppy mills. See, people — you can make a difference!

The Humane Society has issued a statement to thank "the large numbers of New Yorkers, including Glee star Lea Michele, and local and national organizations for encouraging lawmakers to protect breeding dogs in the Empire State." And Lea says she "couldn't be more delighted" that these puppy mills are being recognized as "an unnecessary cruelty that deserves local oversight."

Between this, and the fact that the new NYC mayor just decided to outlaw horse-drawn carriages, we have to say that Lea is on fire! We can't wait to see what awesome cause she gets behind next.

Source: E! Online