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HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell Nets PETA Award

Written by Michelle Kretzer | June 18, 2012

PETA created its Movers and Shakers Award especially for people who have earned a position of influence in the world and have chosen to use that influence to create positive changes for animals. HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell is a shining example of just that type of person and received her award at a special ceremony this weekend in Washington, D.C.


Photo by Leigh Vogel

Jane has helped bring about some monumental victories for animals, including exposing to her TV audience how PETA was working to stop the U.S. Army from using monkeys in crude nerve-gas exercises, PETA’s campaign to halt construction of a massive monkey-breeding facility in Puerto Rico, the suffering of dogs killed for their fur in China, PETA’s undercover video of how pigs and chickens are abused on factory farms, and the cruelty to marine mammals at SeaWorld. While presenting Jane with her Movers and Shakers Award, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk called her “a master broadcaster with a major heart who is 100 percent committed to telling the public what is going on that shouldn’t be; 100 percent committed to protecting animals from needless harm.” 

Jane graciously accepted the award, saying:

This award means a lot to me. I love working with PETA. We have a synergy that’s exciting to be part of. . . . There’s no better feeling in the world than knowing that my show played a role in stopping animal abuse or alleviating animal suffering.

Catch Jane in action for animals weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN

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  • Mihai says:

    Congrats for PETA

  • irene says:

    Hello, I’m living in Brussels – Belgium and I read the article in the newspaper that Jena Velez Mitchell, recommends to ban the horse carriage in New-York. It’s really a shame what a life these poor animals have to live.Hope something can be done for them.

  • Patricia Riggleman says:

    Until Walmart stops the creuelty on animals like pigs I refuse to shop there. This is an outrage and Walmart needs to stop this NOW and receive jail time and pay a least $ 100,000. for the animals.

  • Erin Hansen says:

    Dear Ms. Valez-Michell; I am a long time peta supporter, and on line and letter writting activist. I try to always shop and eat ect. with compassion and live by my ideals. I sponsored a farm animal at a sanctuary for a time, and always keep up to date with on line petitions from peta. Thank you so much for all your hard work, you are a great women and a great example to follow. Whenever I get discouraged, I need good news like this to give me the strength to go on with our mission. God bless and much success in the future, you go girl!

  • Jil Lusen says:

    Im so proud to say Jane is the one who exposed me to all the horrific things that goes on with animals,and I am now a big advicate for animals and also a vegitarian. I wish more broadcasters would do the wonderful work Jane does. Thank you Peta and Jane for speaking up for animals. You all deserve and award.

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