Russell Simmons To Unveil PETA’s ‘Famous Vegetarians’ Postage Stamps

New Stamp Series Comes Just in Time to Deck Holiday Packages

For Immediate Release:
November 20, 2013

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – 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. And on Thursday, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, NBA hall-of-famer John Salley, and TV personality Marco Antonio Regil will unveil the campaign at a West Hollywood post office.

When:   Thursday, November 21, 10:30 a.m.

Where:  West Hollywood post office, 820 N. San Vicente Blvd. (near the intersection with Santa Monica Boulevard), West Hollywood

Simmons, who has been vegan for more than 12 years, has called the meat industry “maybe the worst disaster in human history—15 billion suffering farm animals. And I don’t want to participate in it.” Regil’s empathy for animals prompted him to go vegan, too. “Can you imagine the terror that a live being should feel when … they’re seeing other animals being slaughtered?” the Mexican game show host asks. “It just completely breaks my heart.”

Meanwhile, Salley first thought about going vegan after sampling the delicious plant-based food on the set of his 2007 PETA shoot—and he wishes he’d made the change sooner. “If I had a vegan lifestyle when I was playing, I would still be playing,” he says.

Images of the new stamp sheet—which is available for purchase at and also features Paul McCartney, Alan Cumming, Pamela Anderson, Casey Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, Edie Falco, Sarah Silverman, and many others—can be previewed here.


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