PETA names Bong Joon-ho as Person of the Year for ‘Okja’


PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is an international animal activist group.

On December 5, PETA Asia named Korean director Bong Joon-ho as 2017’s Person of the Year for inspiring people to eat less meat with his movie ‘Okja.’

PETA explained that “the playful “super-pig” protagonist of Bong’s film, Okja, and her loving guardian, Mija, show viewers that, like humans, animals are individuals who have families and form friendships when given the chance, are capable of a wide range of emotions, and value their own lives.”

PETA mentions the movie’s climax, where “hundreds of other ‘Okjas’ are being violently killed” in a slaughterhouse and commented that it is “an accurate depiction of the bloody everyday reality for pigs, cows, chickens, and other animals in Asia and around the world.”

PETA Asia‘s Vice President Jason Baker praised the director saying, “Bong Joon-ho’s bracingly realistic film puts a face and a name to the millions of animals slaughtered for food every year. PETA is honored to recognize this pioneering director for his compassionate heart, mind, and achievements for animals.”

Congratulations to director Bong Joon-ho for his international recognition and achievement!

[Image source: Netflix]