PETA Goes Postal at West Hollywood’s San Vicente Post Office

PETA's Russell Simmons stamp
PETA’s Russell Simmons stamp
In a city already famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for banning the retail sale of fur products, perhaps it’s no surprise that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is launching a limited-edition sheet of U.S. Postal Service–approved stamps honoring celebrated vegetarians at the West Hollywood Post Office.

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, NBA hall-of-famer John Salley and TV personality Marco Antonio Regil will unveil the campaign at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the post office branch at 820 N. San Vicente Blvd. just north of Santa Monica. The East Coast launch of the stamps will take place in New York City tomorrow with Alan Cumming and Joan Jett.

Simmons, a vegan for more than 12 years, has called the meat industry “maybe the worst disaster in human history—15 billion suffering farm animals. And I don’t want to participate in it.” Regil’s empathy for animals prompted him to go vegan, too. “Can you imagine the terror that a live being should feel when … they’re seeing other animals being slaughtered?” the Mexican game show host asks. “It just completely breaks my heart.”

Meanwhile, Salley first thought about going vegan after sampling the plant-based food on the set of his 2007 PETA shoot—and he wishes he’d made the change sooner. “If I had a vegan lifestyle when I was playing, I would still be playing,” he said.

The stamps — which will feature images of Simmons, Salley, Regil and others including Paul McCartney, Alan Cumming, Pamela Anderson, Casey Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, Edie Falco, Sarah Silverman — can be seen online.

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  1. My commitment to animals is well known those I know. I am not a supporter of PETA and I am aware of the very bizarre practices that have been documented in terms of strays, feral and unadopted pets. by PETA. Their headquarters in VA has been written about and the dead animal count of the creatures – great and small – they summarily killed rather than place is disgusting. I support Best Friends Organization – a no kill very serious sanctuary for animals with two NO KILL shelters in the greater LA. vicinity. Their mission is to “Save Them All. I also support a Bengal Tiger through WWF. I am thrilled that PETA – using money that apparently is donated has created a stamp that pictures vegetarians and not the animals they claim to represent. No disrespect to Russell Simmons whatsoever or the others who are on the other stamps.

    PETA has a huge following and I do not wish to debate their methods – I simply question why a human being is on a stamp for an animal rights group. I probably shouldn’t though – this is so PETA.

    Should anyone politely ask for further info on PETA methods I can send them a link or post one. I would rather however, introduce them to Best who does not need celebrities or stamps to continue their fine no kill policies and truly is trying to “Save Them All”. (FYI I am not employed nor am I on the board of Best Friends). These opinions are personal.

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