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Russell Simmons named PETA’s person of the year

By | Published on Tuesday 20 December 2011

Russell Simmons' PETA Stamp

Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has been named PETA’s Person Of The Year for his work in animal welfare and promoting the vegan lifestyle throughout his personal and professional life. The hip hop mogul also recently appeared on a line of US postage stamps featuring famous vegetarians.

Accepting the award, Simmons said: “The horrible abuse of animals is the worst karmic disaster in the history of human kind. The work that PETA does to combat this catastrophe is amazing. I’m truly humbled to be chosen as this year’s Person Of The Year, but the praise should go to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that are on the ground doing the work. I accept this honour on their behalf”.