Mayor de Blasio named PETA’s Person of the Year for 2014

WPIX 11 New York

NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was named PETA’s Person of the Year for 2014 for his defense of circus animals, carriage horses and promotion of vegan eating in New York City.

“When the mayor of New York City talks, the world pays attention, and Mayor de Blasio’s kindness to animals and determination to protect them speak volumes,” said PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.

In March, de Blasio became the first mayor to suspend a circus act for not giving legally required space to the tigers and for failing to provide tuberculosis test results for the elephants it carts from town to town.

In September, the mayor unveiled a skyline carved from vegetables to announce PETA’s recognition of New York as the most vegan-friendly city in the United States. The announcement sparked international buzz about healthy and humane eating, the organization said.

De Blasio was also commended…

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