Dolly Parton to Make a Splash at PETA’s 40th Anniversary Party

For Immediate Release:
December 10, 2020

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Nashville, Tenn. – 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

Nashville legend Dolly Parton will present a PETA Humanitarian Award to her 9 to 5 costar and longtime pal Lily Tomlin, whose many efforts for PETA include a video featuring her iconic feisty phone operator character, Ernestine, fielding complaint calls at SeaWorld, “where everybody has a whale of a time—except for the whales.” 2020 also marks the 40th anniversary of the pair’s classic film.

The event will include special appearances by Sir Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Belinda Carlisle, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, Pamela Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix, and Bill Maher.

“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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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind