For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2020
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Kansas City – Last night, PETA’s all-virtual 40th Anniversary and Holiday Party celebrated the group’s four decades of victories for animals and honored the celebrities who helped make them happen. The event featured special appearances by Sir Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, and others—but the big draw was Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes presenting PETA’s Humanitarian Award to teammate Tyrann Mathieu. Video clips are available here.
“Being in the NFL has given me some amazing opportunities, but the most important one is using my platform for positive change. I have a teammate who is doing just that. I am so proud of the videos he has done for PETA, working to get animals out there treated with respect. He is not only an asset to our team but to animals who need protection,” said Mahomes.
Mathieu, who was recognized by the group in honor of his efforts to save dogs from dying of heatstroke in parked cars in the summer and freezing in backyards in the winter, said, “Growing up in New Orleans and playing football in Arizona and Kansas City, I’ve known sweltering heat and bitter cold. I also know how dangerous extreme temperatures can be for dogs. When PETA showed me what they see in the field, I was shocked by how poorly ‘man’s best friend’ was being treated. It broke my heart, and I had something to say. Defending is kind of my thing after all. PETA, thank you for this honor.”
The gala also featured a segment highlighting the numerous superstars who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals over the years, including former Chiefs star Tony Gonzalez, who posed with his wife for the group’s iconic “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.
More information about the event is available here.