and activist Anjelica
Huston has been lighting up the big screen for years, but many may not know that she is
also a shining star for animals. This year, Huston has voiced her strong
opposition to the cruel
fur and horse-drawn
carriage industries in addition to her earlier work to prevent great apes, including
babies separated from their mothers, from being used as involuntary performers in advertisements.
To honor Huston for her work to keep
animals with their families in the habitats where they belong, instead of being
used on production sets and fur farms and to pull carriages, PETA is pleased to
name Anjelica Huston its 2012 Person of the Year.
to Anjelica's volunteer
work, the goal that we first set in 2008, when
Huston filmed PETA's hard-hitting video exposé of how great apes suffer in the entertainment industry,
has been met: All of the top 10 advertising agencies in the U.S. have
now adopted policies stating that they will not use chimpanzees and other great
apes in their commercials. These agencies are viewed as the industry standard.
With this goal met, many chimpanzees and great apes will remain in their
rightful homes, with room to live as they please.
Huston not only helped great apes this year but also appealed to
the New York City Council in support of a bill that would phase out the city's archaic
horse-drawn carriage industry. And she sent a letter to the Irish government
urging the country to honor its commitment to banning fur farms.
Anjelica Huston consistently uses her voice to speak up for those
who cannot speak for themselves and, in doing so, is an inspiration to all
those who want to make a difference for animals. You can help animals like Anjelica
by joining PETA's Action
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