For Immediate Release:
December 9, 2020
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 with Humanitarian Awards.
When: Saturday, December 12, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Livestream link available upon request
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will present an award to his pal and teammate Tyrann Mathieu in honor of his efforts to prevent dogs from dying of heatstroke in parked cars in the summer and freezing in backyards in the winter. And retired NBA star John Salley will receive the award in recognition of his vegan advocacy, which includes hosting PETA’s Veggie Dog Luncheon on Capitol Hill (the group’s annual answer to a meat-industry event).
The event will include special appearances by Sir Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Alec Baldwin, Casey Affleck, Pamela Anderson, James Cromwell, and Bill Maher. It will also feature a segment highlighting the numerous sports superstars who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals over the years, including Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, World Cup champions Alex Morgan and Christen Press, former NBA champion Metta World Peace, and WNBA stars Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker.
“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.