Metta World Peace Returns to LA on PETA Billboard

The former Lakers' new PETA ad will tower above Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park

Former Laker Metta World Peace is back in Los Angeles as part of a PETA billboard campaign.

Peace posed with rescue dogs, Stella and Athena, for a billboard in the 2100 block of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. The ad -- "Report Animal Abuse: Guard the Home Team" -- is atop the Bob Barker Building, PETA's West Coast headquarters.

The ad is a reminder of the dangers of leaving animals in cars during hot summer weather. Peace also posed for PETA's Animal Birth Control campaign, encouraging people to spay and neuter their pets.

Peace joined the New York Knicks after the Lakers' 2012-2013 season ended with a first-round playoff exit. He spent four seasons with the Lakers and averaged 12.4 points and 5 rebounds per game last season. 

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