Virginia Man Is Charged With Cruelty for Running Down Gulls

April 2003

A Chesapeake, Virginia, woman called PETA after witnessing a man intentionally run over and kill three ring-billed gulls. We immediately sent investigators to the scene, took photos, and called Chesapeake Animal Control. The man was charged with cruelty to animals and the judge gave him a severe verbal reprimand for his behavior.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind