Written by Jeff Mackey
When a woman contacted PETA with information about trucks
jammed full of birds routinely driving through her area, she added that two
chickens had fallen off a truck that morning. She had taken them home with her,
where she gave them food, water, and bedding.
One of the injured birds had died, and the other was unable
to stand. PETA's Cruelty Investigations Division urged the woman to take the
surviving bird to a nearby veterinarian right away. The doctor found that the
chicken was suffering from two broken legs and was so profoundly overweight
(like many chickens raised
for meat) that even if he were able to heal her legs, she would never be able to bear
weight on them or have a decent quality of life. He recommended that the
anguished hen be euthanized right away—a far gentler end than she would have faced
in the pandemonium at the slaughterhouse.
What You Can Do
If you see any animal in trouble, please don't turn away—provide
help, even if the kindest option is a humane release from suffering. You can
also save lives by going
vegan: Every penny spent on meat,
milk, or eggs funds the institutionalized torture of countless animals like
these two chickens.
The story is a common one but still heartrending: Deuce's
owners bought him as a puppy, but when he got big—although still full of energy
and enthusiasm—instead of giving him gentle guidance and abundant exercise,
they kicked him out of the house and chained him to a tree.
Fortunately for Deuce, one kind soul saw that he was tied up
in the mud without shelter on a rainy day and took pity on him. After other
rescue organizations refused to help Deuce, PETA was contacted and immediately
arranged to have the pup picked up—the uninterested family surrendered him to
the rescuer—and taken to a
reputable animal shelter.
That would be enough of a tail-wagger for many animals who
are facing a similar plight, but Deuce's good fortune continued: Shortly after
arriving at the animal shelter, he was adopted by a loving family, and now he
spends every day indoors as a cherished member of the household.
Both dogs and cats are happier and safer indoors. Please, if you spot an animal left outside, be ready to help—and don't take "no"
for an answer!
When PETA learned that a Florida man was trapping (and
perhaps killing) squirrels directly under a bird feeder, a PETA cruelty caseworker jumped into action. While
the trapping was legal under state law—which meant that Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission officials couldn't help—the squirrels suffered
for hours from the intense Florida heat and from anxiety, especially since
squirrels prefer to burrow and minimize their exposure to humans and other potential
In addition to asking Fish and Wildlife to confront the man
trapping the squirrels, the caseworker called and e-mailed the man and encouraged
one of the man's neighbors to speak to the trapper, who ultimately agreed to
stop capturing the squirrels. The neighbor was also urged to stop feeding
squirrels, which attracted more of them to the area.
There's no need to resort to drastic measures: Learn how to live in harmony with our wild-animal neighbors. Even if you enjoy wildlife, please think
carefully before feeding them, as doing so can expose them to predators and other dangers.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
spent their days relegated to a carport, cast aside like old exercise
equipment. The two dogs were locked inside crates from early in the morning
until dusk without a chance to relieve themselves and no way to escape from the
blistering Southern summer heat. The Labrador mix did not even have room to
neighbor who had to watch the dogs suffer had tried calling animal control for
help. And although officers went to the home and issued a warning, they refused to confiscate the dogs because the animals did not appear to be in immediate danger of dying from dehydration or heatstroke. Frustrated, the
neighbor called PETA for help.
called animal control every few days to file an animal welfare complaint
against the owner. Each time animal control paid a visit to the house, officers
issued the owner another warning. Realizing that he would either have to allow
his dogs indoors or continually deal with animal control, the owner surrendered
both dogs to the local shelter.
took a lot of persistence, but now both dogs have a
chance to find a new home with a guardian who understands that dogs belong indoors
with the rest of the family.
has a wealth of information on how crating is detrimental to dogs, which you can share with
anyone you know who is considering using these cruel cages (for even a short length of
visitors to South Carolina turned their vacation into an opportunity to
advocate for animals when they spotted two aquariums packed to the brim with slider turtles at a beach shop.
aquariums were full of water, and the turtles had only a small bit of rock and
cut-up pieces of a pool toy to climb onto to rest. Slider turtles can't hold
their breath for long underwater, and the turtles were exhausted from being
forced to swim constantly and surface frequently in order to get air.
Reportedly, some of the animals had already died from their ordeal.
tourists called PETA, and we contacted a reputable law-enforcement agency in the area. The responding officer immediately
cited the store manager for cruelty to animals. The officer also ordered the
store to give the turtles more space, provide each tank with sufficient items for
the turtles to rest on, and closely monitor the quality of the water.
court, the officer and an equally diligent prosecutor made an excellent case
for cruelty charges, and the manager was convicted and slapped with the maximum
penalty—more than $1,000. The court also appointed a reptile specialist to
educate the manager on the proper
care of turtles. PETA is pushing the
store to stop selling turtles altogether.
all happened because some tourists took a few minutes out of their vacation to
help animals. Never let an opportunity pass you by—never be silent.
When this orphaned baby pigeon was brought
into a parks department office, the woman who accepted the hatchling did the right
thing and contacted animal control—but unfortunately, animal-control officers didn't
do the right thing. Although they said they'd come get the bird, they didn't
show up. So the tenacious lady made another smart move: She called PETA.
The little one was lethargic, having been without his parents
for so long, so PETA's caseworker quickly called the agency responsible for
rescue and rehabilitation for animal control and had it expedite care. You'll be glad to know that the
pigeon was successfully rehabbed. His future looks bright—or, as the caseworker
put it, "He is going to be a rock star among pigeons."
If you want to be
a rock star among pigeons (or any other animals), all you have to do is be ready to offer assistance when they're in trouble—and don't give up until they receive the help they
After observing a large number of dogs who were living in
filthy conditions, chained, breeding, fighting, or confined to hot areas—and getting no help from local animal
control—a caring person notified PETA, and one of its caseworkers jumped into
The miserable pups were covered with fleas and living
without veterinary care or socialization. Two of the dogs were kept inside a
trailer that had no air conditioning or any other kind of ventilation. One was
significantly underweight. Those responsible for the sad conditions of the dogs
clearly didn't care about their welfare, so the caseworker persuaded them to
surrender the animals and arranged for an area resident to pick up the 13 dogs
and carry them to a reputable local animal shelter—from which one has already
been adopted into a loving home.
PETA will continue to monitor the situation to make sure the
dogs' former owners don't
acquire more animals, but this case again illustrates the importance of speaking up when you see animals
in trouble and being persistent until they get the help they so desperately need.
New York state man was shocked to see a tiny kitten drag himself into his yard
by his two front paws. The lower half of the kitten's body was smashed and limp,
so he had likely been struck
by a car and the driver had failed
to stop and check on him. There is no way to know how long the kitten had been
suffering, dragging his broken body.
man called local authorities, but they showed little interest in helping the
injured animal. Frustrated, he called PETA for help. We contacted local animal-control
officials, but because it was after hours, they told us they couldn't send an
officer out until the next day. We persisted, stressing how badly injured the
kitten was and how imperative it was that he get immediate help. Animal control
relented, and within an hour of the man's worried call, the kitten was
mercifully euthanized and freed from his agony.
one hour is all it takes to save an animal from immense suffering. It may
require persistence and patience, but you will prevail if you refuse to take "No"
for an answer. And if all else fails, call PETA.
After residents complained about a smell coming from a neighboring
apartment, the building's management company left several notices and tried to
contact the tenant. But after getting no response, company staffers entered the
apartment, where they found this abandoned puppy, less
than 5 months old, who had been left tied to a radiator. So they contacted PETA.
PETA's caseworker quickly contacted local animal control officials
and asked them to pick up the dog right away. The poor pup was in good
condition, but her tether was very short. She was surrounded by her own waste
and had no food or water. The puppy was brought to a local animal shelter,
where she was given veterinary care and was spayed. Now she's been adopted by a
loving family, who will never leave her behind—and in return, she'll give them
her whole heart.
So that's the happy ending, and here's the moral of the
story: This puppy could have easily starved to death if apartment management
hadn't helped by contacting PETA. If you ever find an animal in need, speak up.
PETA's Emergency Response Team received
an e-mail from a woman wondering what to do for her ailing cat, who had been
diagnosed with feline leukemia (FeLV) and was losing weight, acting lethargic, and not eating anymore (common
symptoms of this ravaging disease). We responded immediately and learned that
her young cat, Tigger, had been diagnosed two weeks prior when she took
him to the vet because of dramatic weight loss. Two different veterinarians had
recommended euthanasia as the most compassionate option for Tigger, but his
guardian was reluctant to take their advice.
In light of Tigger's diagnosis and
alarming condition, we gently counseled his guardian about the prolonged
suffering that FeLV causes, including further weight loss, fever,
gastrointestinal problems, difficulty breathing, and a compromised immune
system that could lead to secondary infections.
Tigger's guardian finally agreed that
merciful euthanasia was the kindest thing she could offer her beloved animal
companion, and she rushed him to a veterinarian that afternoon. The next day,
PETA received a phone call from Tigger's guardian to tell us that she was
relieved that he was finally free from his suffering. It had been hard to let
go, but once she convinced herself to do it, she realized that it was the
The once frisky, playful cat quickly deteriorated
If someone you know is struggling with the
deteriorating illness of an animal, please urge them to consult a veterinarian
to ensure that the animal doesn't languish. If you've recently lost an animal, setting up a True Friends
can be a special way to honor your animal companion's memory.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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