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'Person of Interest' Star Says Dogs Belong Indoors With Their Families, Not Chained Outside
For Immediate Release:February 27, 2013
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
New York -- As winter's cold temperatures continue across the
U.S., award-winning actor Taraji P. Henson is heating things up with a
steamy new PETA campaign, in which she appears dressed in a short gossamer gown
and a pair of synthetic, cruelty-free wings next to the words "Be an Angel
for Animals." The ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Don
Flood, goes on to stress that "chained
dogs suffer day in and day out. They are cold, hungry, thirsty, vulnerable, and
lonely. Keep them inside, where it's safe and warm." A high-resolution
version is available here.
As part of the winter campaign, Henson also appeared in a video
that encourages people to sponsor PETA doghouses
for dogs in southeastern Virginia and
northeastern North Carolina—where some dogs have no shelter at all—and sat down
for an exclusive
interview, in which she opened up about her costar in the campaign, her beloved dog, Uncle Willie.
"I never thought that I could be so in love with an animal until I had
Willie," she says. "He's our family. … He's just the best companion.
Dogs to me are like children … they're the closest thing to God. They're so
pure in their love, and all they do is aim to please." Henson also discusses
her rewarding experiences volunteering at animal shelters with her son.
Dogs who spend their lives at the end of a chain ache for
companionship and have to endure all weather extremes, including frightening
thunderstorms, bitter cold, and blistering summer heat. They are also often
deprived of basic veterinary care. Chaining dogs poses a safety risk as well:
Chained dogs become aggressively protective of their tiny territories, and
hundreds of people—mostly children—have been mauled and even killed after
wandering within reach of chained dogs or encountering dogs who had broken free
This is Henson's second campaign with PETA. She first posed
nude in the organization's famed "Rather
Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign to protest the cruel fur trade.
For more information or to view the ad, please visit PETA.org.
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