Taraji P. Henson, Oscar nominated actress, is talented, beautiful and an animal lover who fights for their rights. She teamed up with Peta for their new “Be an Angel for Animals” winter ad campaign. In this hot new ad, she’s accompanied by her adorable 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.
As part of the campaign, she 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.
The ad reads:
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.”
It’s heartbreaking to see the way some dogs are treated. They are relegated to lives spent on the end of a chain left to fend for themselves against the elements. Chained dogs become a safety risk because they become aggressively protective of their tiny territories. 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 from chains.
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.