May 2016 update: PETA U.S. and its affiliates now have over 5 million members and supporters.
It’s official: Life begins at 30! People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) U.S. ushered in the big “three-oh” with a star-studded gala and humanitarian awards show at the Hollywood Palladium. Long-time animal rights advocate and PETA U.S. supporter Alec Baldwin hosted the event.
And boy, do celebs love PETA U.S.! More than 50 celebrities showed up from all around the world to honor PETA U.S. and all its work. The honorees for the night included Eva Mendes, Anjelica Houston, Eli Roth, and Lea Michele—all of whom have given their time and talents to lead unique campaigns.
It wasn’t all Tinseltown natives either! Many PETA supporters also enjoyed the celebration. PETA Asia supporter and Chinese singer-songwriter Long Kuan graced the gala event with her presence. The Land Down Under made sure to ruck up for the event: Imogen Bailey (a former Humanitarian Award winner) and Pippa Black as well as fellow Aussie PETA supporters Isabel Lucas, Abbie Cornish, Ben Lawson, and Yvonne Strahovski dropped in for the festivities.
It’s amazing to think that, in just three decades, PETA U.S. has grown from a handful of people in a basement apartment into the world’s largest animal rights organization—boasting more than 2 million members and supporters and with affiliates in the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Hong Kong, and Australia! Thanks to the work of so many, so much has been accomplished in behalf of animals. It’s been truly inspiring. Here’s to another 30 years!
Posted by Jason Baker