Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.


PETA Names Russell Simmons 2011 Person of the Year

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

He’s a dedicated animal activist and vegan. If you live in New York City, you see him at countless events using his celebrity to bring attention to the cause. He’s Russell Simmons, and PETA’s 2011 Person of the Year.

This is no small honor. Last year, PETA gave the title to former President Bill Clinton for bringing so much attention to the health benefits of a vegan diet.

Why Simmons? PETA says, “Because he tirelessly advocates for animals and sets a positive example for others by promoting a vegan lifestyle.”

When asked how he would describe himself to a stranger, he leaves all the fashion and music out of it. He says simply, “I’m an animal activist.” Even his clothing line leaves out all animal products including wool, leather and fur. In his many interviews, he finds a way to advocate for animals and talk about how much his vegan diet and life of compassion has done for him, and for the world.

As for the honor, the humble Simmons said this, “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 honor on their behalf.”

Congrats, Russell! You’ve earned it!

Like us on Facebook:

The Unholy Business of the Indian Cow

Indians believe that the cow is a holy animal and yet, India is set to become the largest exporter of beef this year.


Vegan ‘Fish’ Taco Bowls because the Great Barrier Reef needs vegans

Hearts of palm are the unlikely hero of the dish, wearing some seaweed flakes to imitate the salty sea taste we crave without the harm


Smoking chimp attraction is only one small way zoos suck

Of course this act is outlandish, but so is the chicken being served for dinner, even if the picture deemed worthy of sharing is a less easily sensationalized chicken salad.