People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has named Oprah Winfrey its “Person of the Year” for using her “powerful voice to defend those without one,” according to PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.
“She has used her show to uncover horrific cases of cruelty to animals in puppy mills and on factory farms, and Oprah even used the show to highlight the cruelty-free vegan diet that she tried,” PETA wrote on its Web site.
The Norfolk, Va.-based animal rights group says it will send Winfrey an award plaque and a letter of appreciation.
Meanwhile, we erroneously reported earlier that Leona Lewis was crowned PETA’s “Person of the Year,” when in fact, she was voted “Sexiest Celebrity Vegetarian Alive,” along with Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“I am vegetarian so I don’t have clothes, shoes or bags made from leather or suede or any animal products. … I’m on a mission,” she says.