Popular TV show host Oprah Winfrey has been named as the ‘2008 Person of the Year’ by the animal rights group PETA. The award has been given to Oprah for her efforts “to help the less fortunate, including animals,” through her show.
Winfrey has “used her powerful voice to defend those without one,” added PETA president Ingrid Newkirk.
The so-called efforts include Oprah talking about puppy mills, the treatment of chickens and other animals living on factory farms and the conditions of pigs and veal calves before slaughter. Her emotional reaction to the death of her cocker spaniel, Sophie, helped her candidature.
The earlier recipients include U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia in 2007 and the founders of the San Francisco-based cleaning product company Method in 2006.
Meanwhile, Oprah’s production company has signed a major deal with HBO Network to produce movies and documentaries.
Kate Forte, president of Harpo Films, said HBO offered a unique blend of format and creativity on television, “and the quality and range of their subjects are extraordinary.”
A video of Oprah Winfrey is below.
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