Ricky Martin, Alan Cumming Star in PETA’s ‘Vegetarian Icon’ Stamps

For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2013

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – PETA is going postal—literally. Just in time for holiday cards, the animal rights group is launching a limited-edition sheet of U.S. Postal Service–approved photo stamps honoring celebrated vegetarians—including prominent queer celebrities Ricky Martin, Alan Cumming, Sara Gilbert, and Morrissey—and we thought you might be interested in covering this unique project.

Gilbert went vegetarian at the age of 13, when she “started to feel weird eating animals”—and she caused her Roseanne character, Darlene, to become one of TV’s most iconic mainstream vegetarian characters. Cumming, who famously blasted fur-wearers from onstage in Cabaret, thinks that “killing to make or eat things is horrific.” “Rotten carcasses don’t feel good inside … my body,” he says. “I’ve also seen some horrible documentaries about the hormones and things that go into meat. On a health level, meat is so scary.”

Martin went vegetarian recently—and his health drastically improved as a result. “I’ve had high cholesterol since [I was] 19 years old,” he told Ellen DeGeneres last month. “I am not eating meat at all. And I feel amazing. No medication anymore. My cholesterol is stable, my head is clear, I sleep better, my energy is where it needs to be.” And Morrissey, of course, famously titled The Smiths’ 1985 album Meat Is Murder, and he’s still playing the title track live on tour.

Images of the new stamp sheet—which is available for purchase at PETA.org and also features Pamela Anderson, Mayim Bialik, Joan Jett, and many others—can be previewed here.

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