PETA CELEBRATES 30 YEARS WITH SOME FAMOUS FRIENDS

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PAMELA ANDERSON posed in a lettuce bikini. Musician DAVE NAVARRO wore just his tattoos. BILL MAHER was photographed in nothing but a baby bonnet.

And countless female actors have gone naked rather than wear fur.

Other celebrities have spoken out against factory farming, bullfighting and the use of great apes in entertainment. They’ve talked up vegetarianism and put down circuses. They’ve done all this and more for PETA – PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS.

The animal rights organization has long relied on newsworthy stars to help spread its message in a hip edgy way — its recent Ink Not Mink campaign featured nude, tattooed celebs like Dennis Rodman and Tommy Lee.

And PETA is thanking the stars at its big 30th birthday party on Saturday.

PETA is throwing a party at the Hollywood Palladium hosted by ALEC BALDWIN and honouring a spate of animal loving stars, including ANJELICA HUSTON, BOB BARKER, WOODY HARRELSON and LEA MICHELE.

“We’re a totally celebrity besotted society. Even if you don’t want to look, you have to see what they’re up to,” commented PETA president and founder INGRID NEWKIRK, who has enlisted celebrity ambassadors since the organization’s early days.

“Celebrity compels us to look and listen…They’re enormously powerful and for them to have a compassionate voice for animals is a godsend.”

Over the past three decades, PETA workers and volunteers – celebrity or not – have significantly reduced animal suffering in every day business practices.

Revlon, Avon and Gillette bowed to pressure from PETA and stopped testing their products on animals. RALPH LAUREN, CALVIN KLEIN, JUICY COUTURE and other major fashion houses agreed to go fur free.

Nike and H&M pledged never to sell any exotic skins and General Motors ceased using primates and pigs in its auto crash tests.

But there’s much more to be done, said rock & roll icon CHRISSIE HYNDE, a longtime vegetarian and animal activist who was once arrested alongside other PETA volunteers in Paris for protesting outside a KFC restaurant.

“To exploit an animal at any time for any reason, it’s the amusement of the devil. And to make profits out of them, or certainly to torture them, it debases the whole human condition.”

When it comes to PETA, CHRISSIE said she’s “at their service always” and happy to lend her name to any of the group’s efforts.

“Celebrities have replaced God in our culture. If they’re the only ones that people will look up to and listen to, then we’ll use whatever ammo we’ve got.”

Comedian BILL MAHER, who serves on PETA’S board of directors, praised the group’s use of celebrity in spreading its message of animal kindness.

“They’re very clever in the way they use humour. They are savvy with the media. They obviously attract a lot of attention and some of it is critical, because they take no prisoners in their approach. I’m glad they do it that way, because I think to defend the innocence of the animals, you really have to go the whole nine yards.”

That includes having the most recent OSCAR host serve as MC of their anniversary soiree. ALEC BALDWIN has been involved with the group for two decades, after being introduced to INGRID NEWKIRK and other PETA leaders through his former spouse KIM BASINGER.

“I became a vegetarian to date my ex wife.”

ALEC BALDWIN and BILL MAHER are among those fighting against factory farming. BILL described the practice as “probably the biggest single horror that goes on, because more cruelty is perpetrated on more animals in that area than almost anything else.”

“We’re talking about millions and millions of animals. I think the regular citizen in America is finally becoming aware that the food they eat comes to them only at the expense of making animals’ lives a misery while they’re on earth for such a brief time.”

Progress sometimes comes slowly, INGRID NEWKIRK noted. But it does come. When she first started PETA in her basement apartment in 1980, few people had considered animal rights.

“The word vegan was unheard of. That was someone from Las Vegas.”

But with the strides PETA has made, the group’s two million members and many celebrity volunteers are inspired to work for more social and legislative changes. Ms. Newkirk has her eye on circuses and animal parks such as Sea World, which she called “abusement parks.”

“The momentum is there. The public sentiment is there. We just have to push against big business. The battle for hearts and minds and consideration and respect for others is where we began our base and where we continue.”

Even small daily decisions can help, she said: Order a veggie burger instead of a hamburger today. Choose animal free clothing. And give your pet at home your love and patience.

You’ll have a team of celebrities behind you all the way.

ON LINE:

peta.org

3 Responses to “PETA CELEBRATES 30 YEARS WITH SOME FAMOUS FRIENDS”

  1. would have preferred seeing the navarro photos.

    come on we always see females. where are the guys???

  2. opps didn’t do the name change thing. that post was via uh glimmer….

  3. glim, my darling…

    Thanks for letting me know. I am aware that you have used Somegeek in the past. But it’s helpful to get a reminder.

    I have so much going through my mind now that it’s hard to wade through all of it. But I’m a tough chick.

    I’ll hit the ground running. Stylishly dressed. Parasol and all.

    It took me forever to find that poster of IMOGEN BAILEY. I was under the gun and had to come up with something.

    I think it’s beautiful and incredibly provocative. People will definitely look at her…and that’s the whole point of doing something like that. You want to capture people’s attention and make them think.

    I couldn’t find any photos of guys.

    Sorry to disappoint you. If you can find one for me (or point a decent one out to me), then I’ll put it up.

    For you…anything.

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