The late Sir Roger Moore has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) Person of the Year for 2017.
The James Bond star, who passed away at the age of 89 in May (17), was a keen animal rights activist and led a number of campaigns on PETA’s behalf.
On honoring Sir Roger with the award, PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk told WENN: “Animals in dire need had a caring, charming friend in Sir Roger Moore. PETA is honored to recognize this wonderful man for sticking his neck out for the vulnerable amongst us time and again.”
In recent years, the British actor backed a successful campaign to have foie gras removed from sale in London’s Selfridges department store, and called on British army officials to use fake fur for their traditional bearskin caps.
Praising Sir Roger’s commitment to helping animals, PETA’s Director of International Programs Mimi Bekhechi, said: “Animals have lost a dear friend with the passing of Sir Roger Moore. The long-time PETA supporter may have been best known for his suave portrayal of James Bond, but we believe some of his greatest achievements were his efforts on behalf of animals.”
Before his death earlier this year (17), Sir Roger also penned a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
In his letter he wrote that “allowing such cruelty is unforgivable” and that he would join Theresa for a glass of champagne when the practice was outlawed.
Vowing to continue campaigning on Sir Roger’s behalf, Mimi added: “Sir Roger was always an inspiration to work with. He called out animal abuse with wit and charm, and PETA will continue campaigning to help the animals he cared so deeply about.”
Previous winners of the PETA award include Pamela Anderson, Queen rocker Brian May, and funnyman Ricky Gervais.