Oprah Winfrey: PETA's Person of the Year 2008

Just as Time Magazine named Barack Obama Person of the year, media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been named as the '2008 Person of the Year' by animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The major animals-rights organization said Oprah uses her fame to help the less fortunate (including animals) and expose instances of animal cruelty.

She has used her talk show and spotlighted puppy-mill abuses and poor conditions for animals on factory farms. She also encouraged a guest to give up meat for a vegan diet.

Previous winners of the PETA award 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.


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