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'Don't Dissect Anyone!' Says Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries Star in New PETA Campaign
For Immediate Release:January 14, 2013
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Los Angeles -- As students across the country head back to
school, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries star Torrey
DeVitto is teaming up with PETA to tackle a tough subject: animal
dissection. In a brand-new ad, DeVitto appears hugging a feline friend next to
the words "You Wouldn't Dissect Her, So Don't Dissect Anyone!" The
here, was shot by top celebrity photographer Robert Sebree.
In a PETA interview, DeVitto explains how she let fear of
disappointing her teachers push her into dissecting when she was in school—and
how she still regrets it. "I didn't think I had an option," she says.
"Kids need to know they have the option—they don't need to be subjected to
this. … You can do virtual dissection, which gives them just as much
information as dissecting a real cat or frog." In the interview, DeVitto
goes on to encourage students to refuse to dissect, saying, "You'll feel so much more proud of yourself
if you do stand up for what you believe … there's nothing more valuable than
your voice and your own opinions."
Every year, more than 10 million
animals—including cats, frogs, rats, mice, and fetal pigs—are dissected in
secondary-school and college science classes. Most of them come from biological
supply houses that sell cats obtained from animal shelters, fetal pigs cut from
the wombs of female pigs killed at slaughterhouses, and frogs who are taken
from their homes in the wild—a practice that wreaks havoc on local ecosystems. Studies
have repeatedly shown that virtual dissection is more effective for teaching
biology than cutting up dead animals.
DeVitto is part of a long list of celebrities—including Justin
Bieber, Lea Michele, Sarah Hyland, Kellan Lutz, Megan
Park, and Pink—who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness toward animals.
A broadcast-quality version of DeVitto's video interview can
be downloaded here.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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