Elementary School Teaches Kindness by Canceling Cruel Giveaways

October 2007

PETA immediately contacted Judy Steele Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada, after learning from concerned parents about a planned goldfish giveaway. Many animals who are given away don”t live for long, becoming victims of unintentional neglect or cruelty. Those who manage to survive are often discarded when people no longer consider them cute or when they tire of caring for them-many are abandoned in local woods or ponds, where, unable to fend for themselves, they soon die. Others are left at animal shelters, where they often are euthanized because of a lack of good homes. After receiving a phone call from PETA, Principal Beverly Ashford immediately canceled the event rather than allowing fish to suffer and possibly die from neglect or abuse.

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