Congratulations Angjelica Huston…you are the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ Person of the Year.
PETA named Huston as their person of the year for her campaigning to keep chimpanzees out of television commercials and she did so quite successfully as the top 10 ad agencies in the United States have adopted policies to stop using chimps in their ads!
A Peta spokesperson says, “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.”
Representative Wendy Wegner adds, “Anjelica Huston is a true friend to all animals and the perfect choice for Peta’s Person of the Year 2012.”
But Huston wasn’t always a hardcore PETA devotee, as she did used to wear fur!
She says, “I grew up in Ireland and used to wear fur. 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… cannibalise their cage mates.”
Previous Peta Persons of the Year include Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Russell Simmons.