Will Oscar Nominees Become Whistleblowers for PETA?

For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” That’s the message on cards attached to the recording devices disguised as pens that PETA has added to this year’s prestigious “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags, which Distinctive Assets gives to Academy Award hopefuls in the major acting and directing categories.

“As the world saw with A Dog’s Purpose and Kevin Costner’s Yellowstone, on-set whistleblowers are key when it comes to documenting cruelty to animals used in film and television,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “By equipping them with stealth recording devices, PETA hopes to turn Hollywood’s biggest stars into animals’ biggest defenders.”

PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”) encourages anyone who witnesses abuse on—or off—set to contact our Animals in Film & Television division by calling the confidential whistleblower hotline at 323-210-2233 or e-mailing [email protected]. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

Note: The “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags are not affiliated in any way with the Oscars or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The Academy does not award, sponsor, endorse, or provide these gift bags. Neither AMPAS nor Distinctive Assets wants there to be any association between the “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags and the Oscars or AMPAS.


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