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Screen Legend Helped Convince U.S.' Top 10 Ad Agencies to Take Chimpanzees out of All Advertising Campaigns
For Immediate Release:December 28, 2012
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
New York -- This year, Anjelica
Huston's volunteer work accomplished a goal first set in 2008, when Huston
filmed PETA's hard-hitting
video exposé of how great apes suffer in the
entertainment industry: 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. And to honor Huston for her work defending
animals—which this year also included speaking out against the deadly fur trade
and New York's cruel horse-drawn carriage industry—PETA has named her its 2012
Person of the Year.
"Having worked with actors
for many years, I find it hard to believe that anyone would have to be
dragged, kicking and screaming, into show business. But the next time that you
see a chimpanzee in a movie, on TV, or in an ad, chances are, that's exactly
what happened," Huston says in her exclusive
PETA video. The actor sent her video to agency
chiefs across the country, showing them exactly how great apes are torn away
from their mothers shortly after birth and frequently beaten during training to
perform in ads for companies such as Dodge, Europcar, Pfizer, Samsung, and
Travelers Insurance, all of which pulled their ads after talks with PETA.
Huston's activism for animals in
2012 also included an appeal to the New York City Council to support a bill
that would phase out the city's archaic horse-drawn carriage industry as well
as a letter to the Irish government urging the country to honor its commitment
to ban fur farms. "I grew up in Ireland and used to wear fur," Huston
wrote. "I had a change of heart when I learned how minks and foxes on fur
farms are crammed into tiny, dirty cages and driven so crazy by the confinement
that many … cannibalize their cage mates."
Previous PETA Persons of the Year include outspoken vegans
Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, and Russell Simmons. For more information,
please visit PETA.org.
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