December 30, 2009

Dear Ms. DeGeneres,

On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 2 million members and supporters worldwide, I am pleased to present you with our 2009 award for Woman of the Year.

From exposing millions of viewers to a vegan diet to discussing the importance of adopting animals rather than buying them to having guests who teach your audience lessons about respecting animals, you have been an unrelenting voice for animals. You are a shining example of kindness and compassion for animals, and we thank you.

Congratulations! Thank you for helping to make this world a kinder place.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk