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Actor Takes Action After PETA Investigation Prompts Seizure of Thousands of Suffering and Dying Rats, Reptiles, and Other Animals
For Immediate Release:March 13, 2013
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Riverside, Calif. -- Actor Jenna Dewan Tatum has
joined the more than 30,000 people who have signed PETA's petition calling for
criminal charges to be filed against the owner and operators of Global Captive
Breeders (GCB), where a PETA undercover investigation led to the largest animal
rescue in California history. In a letter sent today to Riverside County
District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, Jenna calls
for justice for the nearly 18,000 rats and mice and 600 reptiles who were found
languishing in waste-filled cages, many of them starved, injured, gravely ill, and/or with no access to water, when rescuers
entered GCB in mid-December.
"As an expectant mother, I was particularly heartbroken
to see photos
of ailing mother rats with open wounds on their bodies who stood guard protectively
over their dead or dying babies," Jenna writes. "I implore you … to take action and send the
strong and compassionate message that cruelty to animals is taken seriously and
will not be tolerated in Riverside County."
PETA's investigation uncovered routine, severe neglect at
GCB, including scores of rats drowning on a near-daily basis because of a faulty
watering system, rats dying of dehydration and eating each other alive in an
effort to survive, mother rats confined to bins so short that they could not
sit upright or even groom themselves or properly nurse their young, reptiles
slowly wasting away over the course of weeks as a result of systemic
deprivation, and more. PETA's investigator recorded
employees killing rats by slamming them against walls, shelves, and other hard
surfaces and shooting them with a BB gun.
Jenna previously starred in a "naked" PETA ad (available here),
which called attention to the millions of snakes, lizards, alligators,
crocodiles, and other reptiles who are killed for their skins every year in the
name of "fashion."
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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