26 December 2016 Current Affairs: The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently declared that actor Sunny Leone is PETA’s Person of the Year.
Leone will receive the award for her commitment for promoting the rescue of homeless dogs and cats, as well as her compassion for abused animals.
Earlier in 2016, Leone featured in PETA’s ad campaign, which encouraged people to "be an angel" and adopt a homeless dog.
In 2015, Kapil Sharma was chosen for the PETA’s Person of the Year award.
Past recipient of the award include Shashi Tharoor, KS Panicker Radhakrishnan, Hema Malini, R Madhavan, Jacqueline Fernandez among others.
Thical Treatment of Animals : People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is an American animal rights organization.
It was founded in March 1980.
It has more than 3 million members and supporters. It is the largest animal rights group in the world.
Its slogan is "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way."
It rejects speciesism and also disapprove of the use and abuse of animals in any way, be it food, clothing, entertainment or research subjects.
Each year, the organisation selects a Person of the Year, who has helped promote the cause of animal rights. Previous PETA persons of the year include Bill Clinton, Russell Simmons, Oprah Winfrey, and others.