Mariah Carey, Joaquin Phoenix, and Others Celebrate PETA’s 40th Anniversary

Los Angeles — Over the weekend, PETA marked its 40th anniversary with a virtual, star-studded party, with special appearances by Sir Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Gillian Anderson, Jackie Chan, Alec Baldwin, Maggie Q, Anjelica Huston, and Casey Affleck, among others. The event was hosted by Alan Cumming.

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The event celebrated the group’s landmark victories for animals—including the seismic shift in scientific circles acknowledging that animal experiments don’t work, the shutdown of several circuses, the demise of the fur and angora industries, and the skyrocketing interest in vegan food—and honored the celebrities who helped make them happen.

The evening’s centerpiece was the presentation of PETA’s Humanitarian Awards, whose recipients included “Godfather of Punk” Iggy Pop (his award was presented by the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde). Joaquin Phoenix and his family presented the River Phoenix Activist Award to one of PETA’s intrepid investigators, who went undercover to expose violence in the wool industry.

“Forty years ago, people thought a vegan was someone from Las Vegas,” says PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk. “Today, animals in laboratories are being replaced with supercomputers and organs-on-chips, fur is dead, and the ‘Tiger King’ is in jail.”

PETA—whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.