Vegan Hollywood stars came out to honor their own, including Alicia Silverstone and Jason Biggs, and to hear Paul McCartney rock out at PETA’s 35th anniversary gala.
The event served “to acknowledge 35 years of cutting-edge campaigns that have brought about monumental change for animals” and was hosted by Angelica Huston and Pamela Anderson.
“Did you know that tortoises can play computer games? That pigeons can solve logic puzzles? That sheep can recognize and remember human faces? Animals have complex languages,” Huston said in her opening speech.
The gala also honored RZA, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Jillian Michaels and Maggie Q for their vegan efforts and animal activism.
Upon collecting his award, RZA shared with the audience why he chose to adhere to a vegan diet.
“I don’t need a dead animal or a dead piece of flesh to go into my body,” he said. “I had animals as friends that was happy to see me in they own animal way. I’m sure they do not wanna be on my plate. I think hip hop is becoming more conscious about their diets.”
Biggs took a swipe at SeaWold when he accepted his Humanitarian award. “Thank you, SeaWorld. Without you, those gorgeous orcas would be free to swim with their families in the oceans they belong in. Instead, they are jailed in your horrible excuses for theme parks, and as a result, I get to stand up here accepting this award.”
Guests were treated to an all-vegan meal (natch), followed by McCartney who played an exclusive show featuring such hits as “Looking for Changes” (a song written specifically for animals rights), “Let it Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Lady Madonna” and “Drive My Car.” What a lucky audience!
According to the Hollywood Reporter, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk was moved by the event’s turn out.
“I ask each of you to pledge tonight that you will never ever be silent in the face of cruelty to animals, ever,” she said. “For 35 years, PETA has had help from Hollywood’s brightest starts to show the world how vital it is to recognize the rights of animals and how easy it is to live without harming them.”
We congratulate PETA and all of the honorees on their tireless work and activism!