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Animals Lose Friend and Defender

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | January 3, 2014

It is with a heavy heart that PETA begins this new year by saying goodbye to a huge advocate for animals, Dr. Henry Melvyn Richardson.

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Dr. Mel, as he was affectionately called by those who knew him, was a devoted champion of the humane treatment of animals. Whether it was an emergency bear rescue or an urgent veterinary assessment of a crippled elephant who was being used and abused by a circus, Dr. Mel could always be counted on to drop everything in order to help assess the situation.  Responding to my apology for a midnight call for assistance, Dr. Mel simply said, “It’s never too late to help.”

Mel appealed to Philippines officials to release Mali,  the only elephant in the Philippines, who has spent nearly 40 years behind the same four walls. He traveled to roadside displays such as the notorious Natural Bridge Zoo to document conditions and demand changes. He observed elephants traveling with the Ringling Bros. circus and provided irrefutable arguments for why the circus should take ailing elephants  off the road. And much more.

Those of us who worked with Mel know that the best way that we can honor his legacy is always to take action for animals who are in trouble.

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  • Janet Dankert says:

    RIP Dr.Mel. You were a beautiful, compassionate human being and we’re all poorer because you’re not with us.

  • Susan says:

    I know you are in heaven where you you deserve to be after all you’ve done here you will be sorely missed by all

  • Jacqueline says:

    God bless you, Dr. Mel.

  • night magic says:

    this is incredibly sad .Rip you were a good man beautiful soul inside and out wonderful person .the world has lost someone so special in the fight for animals .

  • Minerva says:

    Intelligence without compassion makes an incomplete human. Only kindness, and compassion can bring about justice for those unable to defend themselves from the unkindness of others. So, thank you to all those intelligent and compassionate men and women, who see the wisdom in loving, and defending animals.

  • audrey says:

    There is nothing better than caring about our animal friends. They are parents, and love their children as we love ours. They have the same feelings we do. They feel fear and pain. When they attack there is a reason. Imagine killing a mother bear for protecting her cubs. They will attack if threatened or cornered just as we would. I have pages of sayings by famous people about caring about animals. One theme that runs through many is that if you treat an animal badly you would do the same to your fellow man. So true!

  • sosbaiji says:

    I did not know you or even hear of you until now and I am so sorry to hear of your passing. You sound like a remarkable man and person, and I wanted to say thank you so much for helping the animals and being their voice while you were with us. May you rest in peace and perhaps I will meet you in Heaven.

  • BAHA says:

    GOD BLESS YOU LADY FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR ANIMAL ,GOD BLESS ALL THE WORKER OF PETA ,EVERY MINUTE OF YOUR DAY WORK IS APPRECIATED BY MILLION OF PEOPLE ,JUST KNOW THAT .

    LETS CREATE A STRONGER MOVEMENT FOR PROTECTING ANIMALS IN LAB AND CHINE’S FARM AND ALL CHINA .

    BEST REGARDS

  • sylvia says:

    thanks peta you are doing a great job