PETA named its Woman and Man of the Year for 2009 and Ellen DeGeneres and Tim Gunn were the animal-friendly winners.
Ellen went vegan in 2008, and most notably talked about the all-vegan catering at hers and partner Portia de Rossi's wedding. She has used her celebrity to raise awareness for veganism in many other ways, as well. On her website, she posted a brief explanation for her decision to go vegan:
"I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things with feelings."
Tim Gunn is best known for his role on Project Runway as advisor to the designers, but in his 'other' life he is the creative director at Liz Claiborne, Inc., which, as you well know from this blog, is fur-free. In this role he continues to tout designers who use faux animal products, like mock croc and faux fur.
Starting out the New Year with props to those who have done good in 2009 is a great way of encouraging everyone to keep their efforts going, in my book.
Proving you don't have to be cruel to be kind,