Alan Cumming to Cohost, Lily Tomlin to Be Honored at PETA’s 40th Anniversary Party

For Immediate Release:
December 9, 2020

Contact:
Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – On Saturday, December 12, PETA will mark its 40th anniversary with a virtual, star-studded party to celebrate the group’s four decades of victories for animals and honor the celebrities who have helped make them happen.

When:    Saturday, December 12, 8 p.m. ET

Where:    Livestream link available upon request

The event will be cohosted by Alan Cumming and Edie Falco, with special appearances by Tim Gunn, Jillian Michaels, and many others—and its honorees will include Lily Tomlin. Dolly Parton will present an award to her 9 to 5 costar and longtime pal, whose many campaigns for PETA include a video spoof in which her legendary feisty phone operator character, Ernestine, fields complaint calls at SeaWorld, “where everybody has a whale of a time—except for the whales.”

The event will also include special appearances by Sir Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, Anjelica Huston, Pamela Anderson, and Bill Maher, among others.

“Forty years ago, car companies used pigs as crash-test dummies and people thought a vegan was someone from Las Vegas,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Today, animals in laboratories are being replaced with supercomputers and organs-on-chips, fur is dead, elephants are out of the circus, and the ‘Tiger King’ is in jail.”

More information about the event is available here.

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