Actress Anjelica Huston has been named 2012 Person of the Year by animal rights group Peta for her work in helping animals.
Peta described Huston as a shining star for animals.
In the last year she had voiced her strong opposition to the 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.
“Thanks 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 US have now adopted policies stating that they will not use chimpanzees and other great apes in their commercials,” Peta said.
“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.”
Peta said Huston consistently used her voice to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. In doing so, she was an inspiration to all those who wanted to make a difference for animals, it said.