In a new PETA ad appearing near Times Square this week, actress and author Alicia Silverstone stands nude in a green forest with the caption: “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Wool. Wear Vegan.” As an avid supporter of animal rights, Silverstone and many other celebrities have posed nude for PETA to raise awareness against rampant animal abuse throughout the world.
In a video released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) this week, Silverstone exposes the brutal and callous method in which sheep are routinely abused while shearing off their wool. Punched, beaten, and mutilated throughout the shearing process, several docile sheep can be seen in the video cowering in fear and agony while bleeding from open wounds.
“They’re cut. They’re harmed. They get very seriously wounded, and there’s no care for them when they are wounded,” Silverstone explains in the video. “It’s just, ‘Move onto the next.’ These are not creatures to the people who are doing this. They’re just objects. When the sheep are no longer useful, they’re killed. So, there is no happy place that they get to go for being a wool sheep.
“So, if you’re trying to avoid wool, why not make that leap? Say, ‘I’m never going to buy wool again.’”
In a protest against the wool industry, Silverstone attempted to raise awareness against animal abuse by modeling nude in a PETA ad this week. Appearing near Times Square in New York City this week, the provocative photo was captured by celebrity photographer Brian Bowen Smith.
In 2007, Silverstone was previously photographed nude for a PETA campaign while explaining her decision to become a vegetarian. On PETA’s website, Silverstone wrote, “Join me—won’t you? It is easy—check out my favorite recipes and cruelty-free cosmetics and fashions, and watch my PSA! Together, we can make the world a more peaceful place for animals.”
Other celebrities who have posed nude for PETA’s animal rights campaigns include actresses Eva Mendes, Olivia Munn, Penelope Cruz, and even comedian David Cross during a protest against wearing fur. Although PETA’s protest techniques are a bit unorthodox, they successfully continue to raise awareness against animal cruelty and rampant abuse.