Russell Simmons Named PETA's Person of the Year
The pet-centric organization says Simmons lives 'compassionately'
Congrats to Russell Simmons, who was recently named PETA's person of the year. Simmons will share that honor with past awardees including Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Tim Gunn.
“The horrible abuse of animals is the worst karmic disaster in the history of human kind,” Simmons said in a statement. “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 honor on their behalf.”
Simmons passion for animals was shown on his reality show Running Russell Simmons, which gave viewers a unique look into the mogul's life as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and yogi.
“Russell Simmons uses his influence and success to encourage everyone to think about others, human or not, and to live compassionately,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “Simmons’ philosophy—that everyone should stick up for the little guy—is one that everyone can follow.”
Simmons’ latest book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All, also dishes on living a compassionate vegan lifestyle.