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PETA on the Scene When Truck Carrying 180 Hogs to Slaughter Crashed

April 2004 PETA’s Community Animal Project (CAP) responded to a call of an overturned truck carrying 180 pigs to slaughter at the Smithfield, Virginia, packing plant. When we arrived, nearly …


Butterfly Release at California Mall Canceled

April 2004 PETA got a butterfly release canceled as part of the butterfly festival at a California mall. Children were going to be given nets to chase down and capture …


New York City Rat Abuser Busted

April 2004 PETA was bombarded with calls from New York City residents horrified by newspaper articles and television news clips about a man who was using a bat to beat …


Suspected Cockfighter Convicted of Cruelty to Animals

April 2004 James Cochran, an Alabama man accused of allowing 31 chickens who were allegedly being raised for the rural area’s cockfighting industry to die of neglect, was convicted of …


Hog-Dog Rodeos Outlawed in Louisiana

April 2004 Thanks to pressure from PETA, the governor of Louisiana signed a bill into law that makes it a crime to stage, promote, or attend a “hog-dog rodeo,” a …


PETA Shelters Needy Dogs in North Carolina

April 2004 PETA made its first delivery of 27 doghouses to needy dogs in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A local newspaper reporter rode along on a few of our deliveries …


Fifteen Thousand Animals Spayed and Neutered by PETA’s Mobile Clinic

April 2004 PETA’s mobile spay and neuter clinic, SNIP (Spay and Neuter Immediately Please), celebrated its 15,000th surgery with the lovely Rue McClanahan. Read more about how you can help …


New Jersey Hoarder Charged With Cruelty and $800 in Fines

April 2004 PETA wrote to the district attorney prosecuting a horrible case involving a New Jersey residence where authorities found animals perishing in filthy conditions. They seized 165 animals, including …


Starving Horses Seized in Virginia

April 2004 Thanks to pressure from PETA, these two starving horses in Virginia were relinquished from their neglectful owner and are now thriving in the care of a rescuer.  


Case Western Students Charged With Cruelty for Torturing and Killing a Hamster

April 2004 PETA received a link to video footage of three Case Western Reserve University students torturing and killing a hamster, including one student biting off the live hamster’s leg …


‘Chain Your Door, Not Your Dog’ Billboard Is a Hit!

April 2004 In late April, PETA debuted its new “Chain your door, not your dog” billboard (alerting people to the dangers that chaining dogs imposes on the animals themselves and …


Down and Silk: Birds and Insects Exploited for Feathers and Fabric

Each year, the down and silk industries exploit millions of geese, ducks, silkworms, spiders, and other animals, causing unnecessary pain and suffering to these feeling beings. Geese and Ducks …


Trap, Neuter, Return, and Monitor Programs for Feral Cats: Doing It Right

There are millions of feral cats in the United States. Feral cat population control is a difficult and emotional issue and has been a topic of heated debate for …


Pigs: Intelligent Animals Suffering in Farms and Slaughterhouses ©Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Pigs: Intelligent Animals Suffering in Farms and Slaughterhouses

Pigs “have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than] three-year-olds,” says Dr. Donald Broom, a Cambridge University professor and …


The Loss of a Companion Animal

Your animal companion is a member of your family. So, much like the death of a parent, sibling, spouse, or dear friend, the grief over the loss of an …