The American animal rights organization named Fernandez as 'Woman of the Year' and Justice (Retd) KS Panicker Radhakrishnan as 'Man of the Year'.
"Justice (Retd) Radhakrishnan and Fernandez are role models who uphold this mandate for kindness to animals through the actions they take, as we all should," PETA UK Director Mimi Bekhechi, said.

PETA India, in a statement, said the actress was named for using her massive star power to advocate for the protection of all animals – from horses used to pull carriages known in India as Victorias to rabbits used in painful cosmetics tests.
Justice Radhakrishnan headed a bench that passed a landmark judgement in favour of PETA India and the Animal Welfare Board of India, clarifying that bulls must not be used in jallikattu, bull races, bullfights or any other type of performance and called for animals to be respected in many other ways, it said.
"Article 51a(g) of the Indian Constitution makes it a requirement of every Indian citizen to have compassion for living creatures," Bekhechi said.
The judgement, passed earlier this year, also referenced the concept of "speciesism", discrimination against others simply for being another species, and compared it to other recognised wrongs, racism, casteism and sexism.
The judgement also made it clear that educating people about the humane treatment of animals is imperative, stronger penalties for cruelty to animals must be passed and staged fights between animals for entertainment, such as cockfighting and dog fighting, must not be permitted.
Fernandez last year took to Twitter to call for the release of a formerly abused elephant Sunder, who was finally moved from his life of misery to a forested park where he has room to roam and the companionship of other elephants.

She teamed up with PETA India to support for a ban on the importation of cosmetics that were tested on animals, a ban that has since passed. She also met Mumbai's Mayor for an end to the city's cruel and dangerous horse-drawn carriage trade.
Past recipients of PETA India's Person of the Year include Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and actors Hema Malini and R Madhavan.

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