Carrie Symonds named Person of the Year by PETA UK

Read Time:   |  17th December 2020

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Boris Johnson's fiancée Carrie Symonds has been named 'Person of the Year' by animal rights charity PETA.


Carrie Symonds has been named PETA’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2020. She joins previous winners such as Ricky Gervais, Lewis Hamilton and the late Sir Roger Moore.

Boris Johnson’s fiancée is known for her humanitarian and animal activism efforts across the world, and is, therefore, the perfect candidate for PETA’s award. PETA said the Prime Minister’s wife-to-be was “a fearless force for good” due to her condemnation of the mistreatment of animals.

In April, Symonds called for an end to ‘wet markets’ such as the one in Wuhan where Covid-19 is said to have originated. These markets sell animals both for consumption and as pets and are known for their horrendous unsanitary conditions.

Moreover, she also convinced UK supermarkets to stop selling coconut products made using monkey ‘slave labour’ in Thailand. The monkeys in question were kept chained up in tiny cages and forced to climb trees to pick the coconuts. Thanks to her campaigning, every UK retailer pulled these products from its shelves.

‘Fearless force for good’

PETA’s Managing Director Ingrid Newkirk said: “Carrie Symonds is a fearless force for good when it comes to making the world a kinder place for animals.

“PETA is delighted to honour her for using her platform to encourage people to spare a thought for our fellow animals whom we share this planet with.”

Regarding her as a ‘true ally to animals’ whose activism ‘gets results’, PETA decided that Symonds was the obvious choice for the award.

Leading by example

PETA has been impressed by Symonds’ insistence on leading by example. Calling out the horrors of puppy farms, she rescued a dog called Dilyn who was discarded by the industry. Moreover, Symonds is a fierce ocean conservationist and has worked hard for years to highlight the threat of plastic pollution for various marine life.

The soon-to-be Johnsons have also dabbled with veganism, with the Prime Minister reportedly trying out the diet earlier this year.

Boldly claiming the global wildlife trade must be ended “once and for all” in order to prevent future pandemics, Symonds is definitely someone we need close to a position of power.

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