Photos: Cloris Leachman Receives PETA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

For Immediate Release:
June 12, 2017

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Los Angeles – Yesterday, veteran actor Cloris Leachman was honored with PETA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime commitment to animal advocacy. Bryan Fuller, the creator of the hit TV series American Gods, presented the 91-year-old with the prestigious prize, which reads, “In recognition of her dedication to animal rights. Her grace, compassion, and influence have helped persuade many people to choose kindness and have made the world a better place.”

The event held at reality star Jillian Michaels‘ home featured an acoustic performance by Moby and doubled as a fundraiser to celebrate PETA President Ingrid Newkirk’s birthday. Photos are available here.

Leachman’s achievements for animals include starring in PETA’s “Let Vegetarianism Grow on You” ad wearing only a dress of red cabbage and leaf lettuce, urging organizers of the Rose Parade to remove SeaWorld’s float from its New Year’s Day celebration, speaking out against using elephants in the circus, and encouraging nearly 300 retirement communities to move their caged birds to more humane settings.

PETA’s motto reads, “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.” More information about Leachman’s work with PETA is available here.

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