PETA supporters celebrate the group's 30th anniversary at Hollywood Palladium gala
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been celebrating its 30th anniversary all year, but it really pulled out all the stops at its anniversary gala event at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night. The event, hosted by Alec Baldwin, included an awards ceremony that honored celebrities and other PETA supporters for their work.
PETA Humanitarian Award recipients included "Daily Show" correspondent Olivia Munn, who has been vocal in her opposition to animals performing in circuses; model and actress Joanna Krupa, who is active in the pet rescue movement and famously posed for PETA's controversial "Be an Angel for Animals" ad campaign; "Twilight" star Kellan Lutz, who appeared in a PETA ad about pet adoption alongside his own rescue dog; entertainer, guitarist and all-around fascinating person Charo, who has spoken out against bullfighting in her native Spain; and "Glee" star Lea Michele, who filmed a public service announcement about fur for PETA.
Another honoree, actress Anjelica Huston, was observed tearing up when a video showing animals rescued from abusive situations at factory farms was shown at the gala. But later in the evening, when she accepted her own Humanitarian Award for her work on behalf of great apes in the entertainment industry, she was in high spirits. "Chimps and humans share 94% of the same DNA, and you can see that in so many ways," she joked. "Chimps don't communicate verbally, but with odd vocalizations, hands gestures, and facial expressions -- like the cast of 'Jersey Shore.' "
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Alec Baldwin poses with Cheryl Hines at the gala. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images