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Facts on Guinea Pigs

Perhaps because of the perilous misconception that guinea pigs, or cavies, make great “starter pets” for children, these fragile animals, along with other small exotic animals, such as hedgehogs, …


Facts on Gerbils and Hamsters

Because of their size, these tiny natives of the Middle East, Africa, India, and Asia are misperceived as being “low maintenance” animal companions. Employees are rarely trained to meet …


PETA’s Lawsuit Forces KFC to Stop Lying About Conditions for Chickens

October 2003 KFC and Yum! Brands made sweeping changes to their Web sites and customer service scripts in response to a lawsuit that PETA filed against KFC and its parent …


Washington Hoarder Arrested and 30 Animals Seized

October 2003 Thanks to PETA’s efforts, a Washington state hoarder was arrested on suspicion of first-degree cruelty to animals after police removed 30 animals from her property, including a goat …


Man Who Abused His Girlfriend and Then Turned Kitten Killer Slapped With a Six-Month Sentence

October 2003 A Seattle man was convicted of multiple felony charges stemming from an incident in which he attacked his girlfriend, choking her, and repeatedly slammed her 6-week-old kitten onto …


Florida Dog Torturer Slammed With One-Year Sentence

October 2003 A Florida man was slapped with felony charges for binding his dog’s paws and snout and cutting off the animal’s testicles with a dull pocketknife. Police reportedly discovered …


First Felony Cruelty-to-Animals Charge in Alabama Awarded to Abuser of Humans, Cat Torturer: Five-Year Prison Sentence!

October 2003 An Alabama man hanged a stray cat by a shoestring, doused her in lighter fluid, and set her on fire–she was found in the woods, alive, and was …


Pit Bull Pup With Mutilated Ears Rescued From a Virginia Breeder

October 2003 PETA’s Community Animal Project responded to a call about a Virginia pit bull breeder who was not only selling sick puppies but also doing “home cropping” jobs on …


Breeder Charged With Six Counts of Cruelty to Animals

October 2003 PETA got six emaciated German shepherd adults and puppies, who were living in an outdoor kennel used for breeding, seized. The owner was charged with six counts of …


Suffering Pot-Bellied Pig Rescued From Virginia Couple

October 2003 PETA came to the rescue of a 9-year-old pot-bellied pig named Wilbur, who was being neglected by an elderly Virginia couple. He was extremely overweight; he had open, …


Michigan High School Cancels Donkey Basketball Game

October 2003 Students at Hamilton High School in Michigan contacted PETA when they learned that a donkey basketball game was scheduled at their school. We immediately contacted the school’s principal …


Plans to Use Penguins as “Waiters” Are Canceled

October 2003 BiZBash Media is a New York City-based business that provides information about event marketing, event planning, and business entertaining to the industry’s top professionals. PETA contacted BiZBash CEO …


Chained and Starving Dog Rescued

October 2003 PETA’s Community Animal Project came to the rescue of a chained dog who was missing most of his hair and was literally starving to death. His owners frankly …


Neglected Horses Seized in Michigan and Abuser Charged

October 2003 Animal control in Evart, Michigan, refused to take action in a horse-neglect case until PETA put pressure on local authorities. Cruelty-to-animals charges were filed, and the horses were …


Military Police Seize Suffering Dog

October 2003 PETA got a dog on a military base in Louisiana–left chained on the porch while her owner left to go on vacation for 10 days–after neighbors alerted us …