Joan Jett’s first PETA print ad; honored with activist award Nov 4

“I am Joan Jett, and I am a Vegetarian.”

On November 4, Iggy Pop presented Joan with the Nanci Alexander Activist Award at a gala event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the vegan restaurant Sublime. The award is named after the restaurant’s owner, who also founded the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. At the event, Joan unveiled her first print ad for PETA.

The ad premiered on Billboard, and features Joan next to the blurb, “A meatless diet saves animals from suffering, combats environmental destruction and is better from my health.”

  • Read more about the event at peta.org HERE and HERE.
  • See pics from the event at peta.org HERE.
  • Read more and see more pics at blogs.browardpalmbeach.com HERE and HERE.
  • Read all of Joan’s articles at peta.org HERE.

Too bad there’s no video. I would have loved to hear Joan’s and Iggy’s speeches!

Limited edition famous vegetarian US postage stamps still available from PETA

Joan Jett is one of 20 famous vegetarians featured on real United States postage stamps, released in limited edition by PETA. Read more about it at shewired.com.

From shewired.com

Click here to purchase while they are still available!

(Note to those in the U.S.: These are 44 cent stamps, and postage is going up to 45 cents in January. But you probably won’t spend these, will you? 😉 )

Joan Jett petitions Norway to make seal import hearings public

Joan Jett is in Europe right now to play a few dates, starting tonight in Oslo, Norway. Yesterday, she delivered a letter on PETA’s behalf to Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre concerning Norway’s objections to the European Union’s ban on seal imports from Canada.

Animal rights activists are trying to end Canada’s barbaric seal-slaughtering practices, and they want the E.U.’s import bans to remain in force. The World Trade Organization has decided to grant a hearing for Canada and Norway to plead their case, and Joan’s letter urges the Norwegian government to make the hearings open to the public. People deserve to know where the goods they buy really come from. Here is Joan’s letter, from peta.org:

Dear Mr. Gahr Støre,

In the wake of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) decision to formally hear Norway and Canada’s case against the E.U.’s ban on seal imports, I urge you to please open up hearings to the public and make all submissions publicly available when they are filed.

Norway buys most seal pelts from Canada, then ships them for sale in countries that aren’t aware of the cruelty. Just one Norwegian company purchases close to 80 percent of the pelts. Norwegian citizens deserve to know that their government has provided significant financial assistance to this company for years, which indirectly helps prop up Canada’s cruel baby-seal slaughter. For a country so compassionate that it would ban fur from fashion shows, supporting Canada’s seal massacre just seems ridiculous.

Most people are horrified to learn that seals in Canada are bludgeoned and even skinned alive for their fur. Norwegians and kind people everywhere have the opportunity to weigh in on this issue by submitting comments to the WTO panel deciding the case, and I hope that they will join me in demanding that the government not allow Norway to be a partner in the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, which has been condemned by world leaders such as President Barack Obama, Vladamir Putin, and the Dalai Lama. The Canadian government is hiding behind its native people, even though Inuit hunting accounts for only 3 percent of the seals slaughtered and the E.U. ban has an exception for indigenous people’s hunting, which protects such small-scale traditional practices. If Norway has nothing to hide, why not make the process public?

I—and my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and NOAH—hope to hear that you will do the right thing here. Thanks for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Joan Jett

Click HERE for a news video from Norway covering Joan’s presentation of the letter, which includes an interview with Joan.

Visit CanadaShame.com for more information about the seal slaughter and ways you can help.

Joan Jett not honored at PETA’s 30th Anniversary gala

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One site reported a couple of weeks ago that Joan Jett would win a Humanitarian award at PETA’s 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards Show on September 25th. I shared that with you, but wasn’t sure about the accuracy of the information because I couldn’t find any other sources.

The awards show was last night, but Joan didn’t win an award. I’m OK with that though, because we all know Joan’s commitment to animals and the environment, and I’m sure she will be up for more awards in the future.

I don’t know if Joan was ever up for an award this year or not, because I’m not sure if PETA whittled the winners down from a list of nominees, or if they just picked the winners and notified them ahead of time.

PETA has posted the full list of honorees on their  site HERE. Congratulations to all the winners.

Joan Jett with her namesake, Joan Jett the pig, at Farm Sanctuary. LOVE. 🙂

Will Joan Jett be honored at the 2010 PETA Awards?

On September 25, PETA’s 30th Anniversary Gala & Humanitarian Awards will be held in Hollywood. The star-studded event, which will award celebrities for their work in animal rights activism, will be hosted by Alec Baldwin.

AfterElton.com is reporting that Joan Jett will be one of the honorees, along with Tim Gunn, Kellan Lutz, and Charo, among others. I haven’t found any other source that mentions her explicitly, but I hope it’s true! PETA’s official site for the gala does not list the honorees. If you hear any more about these awards before I do, let us know!

Whether or not Joan is honored on September 25th, she is unlikely to attend the event herself because The Blackhearts are scheduled to perform at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest at the Merriweather Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland that same night.

Joan has supported PETA for years and is always popping up on their “sexiest vegetarian” lists. Back in May, Joan stood in New York’s Union Square and passed out vegetarian starter kits to passers-by. She also filmed a vegetarian testimonial:

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