Guardian of the Galaxy and of Three Rescued Companions, THIS Hollywood Powerhouse Is PETA’s 2023 Person of the Year!

Published by Elena Waldman.
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Those of you who have been paying attention will understand that this announcement isn’t coming out of Knowhere. For compassionate work in championing animal rights, this guardian of the galaxy—and of three rescued companion animals—is PETA’s 2023 Person of the Year!

James Gunn, PETA's person of the year 2023 next to rocket the raccoon© MediaPunch Inc / Alamy Stock Photo | © Marvel Studios

PETA is honoring DC Studios’ co-CEO James Gunn for speaking up for animals in all facets of his life, from fiercely promoting adoption and featuring computer-generated animals in his films to using his knack for cinematic storytelling to expose the torture that animals endure in laboratories to millions of viewers worldwide.

Inspiring Empathy for Animals Through Captivating Chronicles

Gunn’s 2023 blockbuster hit, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, is in a league of its own. The film did something that few movies have ever done: It engaged a Marvel-sized audience with a thought-provoking narrative about the horrors of experiments on animals.

Using beautifully designed animated animals, the film reflected many of the often unseen realities of animal testing—including that experimenters give animals in laboratories ID numbers instead of names—while remaining fun and family-friendly. It’s no wonder that the Guardians of the Galaxy series is one of Marvel’s most successful franchises, with the most recent installment becoming the fourth-highest grossing film of 2023.

Serving as a Stellar Supporter of Adoption

With an estimated 70 million homeless dogs and cats in the U.S. alone, adoption is the only responsible option when it comes to welcoming an animal companion into your home. A devoted dad of two adopted dogs, Ozu and River, and a cat named Emily, rescued by Gunn as a stray, the Guardians of the Galaxy director showcases his real-life superhero spirit by passionately advocating for adoption to his millions of followers on social media.

The animal-friendly filmmaker consistently shares endearing snapshots of his three companions, proving that in his universe, the real magic happens when rescue meets the cosmos.

Be Like PETA’s 2023 Person of the Year by Taking Action for Animals

Like Gunn, you can be a hero for animals by pledging never to buy them from breeders, pet stores, or anywhere else.

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Take action for animals who suffer in laboratories—like the ones featured in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3—by urging AELF FlightService to stop shipping monkeys to their deaths:

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