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Boris Johnson’s Partner Carrie Symonds Named ‘Person Of The Year’ By Vegan Charity

'Carrie Symonds is a fearless force for good when it comes to making the world a kinder place for animals,' said the charity


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Conservationist – and partner of prime minister Boris Johnson – Carrie Symonds has been named the UK’s 2020 Person of the Year by vegan charity PETA.

According to the organization, it awarded Symonds the accolade for ‘speaking up for animals from monkeys to mutts and being a bright light in a tough year’.

‘A fearless force for good’

Symonds describes herself as ‘Former Director of Comms for Conservatives & Govt Special Adviser’ as well as a ‘conservationist’ who is ‘fighting plastic pollution’ in her Twitter biography. 

She is a a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Association, a vocal opponent of trophy hunting, and protested against whaling outside London’s Japanese Embassy last year.

PETA described the communications expert as ‘a fearless force for good when it comes to making the world a kinder place for animals’. It added that her ‘activism gets results’.


The vegan charity cited a number of reasons it named Symonds as its Person of the Year. These included the PM’s fiancee calling for a ban on wet markets earlier this year, as well as demanding an end to the global wildlife trade ‘once and for all’.

She has also been outspoken about fur, saying: “Fur belongs on animals only.”

Coconut brands

PETA also cited Symonds’ involvement in making supermarkets ditch coconut product brands with potential links to monkey labor, saying: “After PETA Asia’s investigation into Thailand’s coconut industry revealed that monkeys are kept chained and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts for coconut milk sold by major brands like Chaokoh, she called on retailers to stop selling these cruelly obtained products. 

“And, following her urging, every single UK grocery chain pulled coconut products obtained through monkey labor.”

Monkey labor

Taking to Twitter at the time, Symonds wrote: “Glad Waitrose, Co-op, Boots & Ocado have vowed not to sell products that use monkey labor, while Morrisons has already removed these from its stores,

“Come on @asda, @tesco and @sainsburys: Please tell us you’re NOT selling any products that use monkey slave labor.”

‘A force for good’

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, PETA 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 honor her for using her platform to encourage people to spare a thought for our fellow animals whom we share this planet with.”

Previous winners of the accolade include Lewis HamiltonRicky Gervais, and the late Sir Roger Moore.

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Howard Williams
Howard Williams
1 year ago

She’s not a conservationist. She is an eco-fundamentalist. That is fine for a sad old lady who collect a vast herd of cats because she wants to feel special, loved and important but she ends up treating them cruelly and relies on others to sort out her mess.
But Ms Symonds is an unelected, not-too-truthful torchbearer for wokery at the heart of the UK government. where she is capable of doing real damage to working comservationists’ lives and will end up killing many times more animals than she will help. By all means help animals in need. By all means help animals in danger of extinction. But a working monkey is a highly valued animal, and gives value to its species because local people can see that value in their lives. In other places, monkeys are simply shot and poisoned as pests because they have no value. Outside the Westminster bubble, life has different dimensions.
PETA, on the other hand, know how to curry favour and they certainly need it…their whole philosophy is based on a lie. If they had their way, we would have not meat, no pets, no guide dogs, no sniffer dogs at the airports, no farm animals and no countryside because the natural habitat would be ploughed up to produce crops and outside of reserves, all the wildlife would be removed as it competes with the rising human population.

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago

PETA telling lies? I doubt it, in order to tell lies you first have to know what the truth is. The idea that anyone associated with PETA is capable of thinking objectively about subjects such as the environment, health, agriculture or conservation is stretching the imagination a bit. As for Ms Symonds, after 30 yrs involvement in conservation, I’ve never even heard of her. If this is the sort of person influencing the prime minister “God help the countryside”