Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ellen has an epiphany

Ellen DeGeneres was recently named woman of the year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) according to a tidbit that appeared in the Freep's Name+Faces column.

Also honored as man of the year was Tim Gunn, the creative director at Liz Claiborn, Inc. The company promotes designers who use faux fur.

"Tim Gunn and Ellen DeGeneres show us that one person really can make a difference in the world by rejecting cruel deeds in favor of compassionate acts," PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk told in a statement.

"Their message that animals must be treated kindly and respectfully has reached scores of people, and many of them have changed their buying habits, all because Gunn and DeGeneres spoke up for the voiceless."

"I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals and suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things with feelings," says Degeneres, who has been a vegan since 2008.

I wonder if she saw "Earthlings" and made the connection?

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