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This Memorial Day, Remember Animals Too

Written by PETA | May 30, 2011

As we honor those loved ones who have passed away, we’d like to take a moment to remember the many animals whose passing has gone largely unnoticed and unmourned—except by PETA and its supporters.
Thousands of thoroughbreds die on racetracks every year, and thousands more “retired” racehorses are sent to slaughter in Canada and Mexico.

Each year in the U.S., more than 8 billion chickens are killed for their flesh. More chickens are killed in slaughterhouses than any other animal, yet they are exempt from even the meager protection of the Humane Slaughter Act.


The millions of animals killed annually for their fur are electrocuted, bludgeoned, and sometimes skinned alive.


Elephants in circuses die far short of their natural lifespans of captivity-induced diseases like arthritis and chronic foot problems caused by standing chained for hours on end on hard concrete floors.

Three to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year across the country for lack of a good home. Every animal who is purchased from a pet store or breeder takes a home that could have been opened to an animal waiting on “death row” at a shelter. 

It’s easy to save animals’ lives on Memorial Day and every other day of the year by simply making educated choices at the grocery store and shopping mall. Learn more about getting active for animals at PETA’s “Get Active” page.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • lab says:

    When I see a KFC chicken pick up an assault rifle and fight overseas to protect people, then I’ll give that chicken a memorial day.

  • Dustin says:

    I’d really like to know why we should mourn animals on memorial day. I’ve served for 6 years now and the only animals I could think this would benefit are those who the military uses for jobs. I think it is offensive to lump in all animals with military personnel who fought and died.

  • Sharshar says:

    I know this isnt huge but wantes to say that the is no longer a KFC near my house! they closed down for reasons idk but that is one less KFC that xhixkens need to be killed for! Victory!

  • MA Moore says:

    I love meat: enjoy your heart attack and cancer causing flesh and bone! May you die a painful heart stoppin death from your torture food!

  • MA Moore says:

    Animals have been better friends to me than most people! I do honor our military, I have 2 uncles and a grandfather that served many many years in the USN. It is also nice to remember our four legged friends who served.

  • MA Moore says:

    Love it! Get em PETA!

  • Krissy says:

    Aw “i love meat” let them eat there grass. I don’t have a want to be vegan but those that do well okay you do that…. but don’t tell others they are bad people because they are something you are not PETA and members. (many of you mean well, but go a bit over bord) I don’t like that. and really again with the breeders? oh it never ends. Remember those Soldiers everyone.

  • i love meat says:

    i love chicken you guys should be ashammed about what your doing i will eat meat until i die but you eat grass get a job hippies.

  • Tony says:

    I mean my God have some respect, Peta cant you at least let one day rest on your animal protecting agenda to mourn just the soldiers that have died. I mean those soldiers have died for something, they have done something for the world, cant you at least give them one day.