NBA’s Chris Andersen Soars for Animals

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Seeing Chris Andersen flying through the air to make another dunk for the Denver Nuggets, two things become obvious: how he got the nickname “Birdman” and how big a fan he is of ink. Seeing Chris in his new PETA ad, two more things become obvious: He’s cut like granite, and he refuses to wear fur.

Chris didn’t choose an arena filled with hoops fans for the unveiling of his new ad; he picked a homeless shelter. At Denver’s New Genesis center, he handed out donated fur coats to the homeless—the only people with an excuse for wearing them. “Animals, they don’t deserve to be beaten or slaughtered,” he said.

You can catch the behind-the-scenes video from Chris’ photo shoot and enter to win the PETA shirt that he wore and autographed here.

Doesn’t it seem like real tough guys are comfortable in their own skin, while the lame posers hide underneath animals’?

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind