Update: June 3, 2021
Lamar Advertising held its annual meeting last month, during which PETA questioned the company and urged it to stop rejecting our lifesaving ads.
As police departments, retail centers, humane societies, and child advocacy groups across the country desperately try to remind people that hot cars are death traps for animals and children, PETA asked Lamar why it refuses to help spread the word with our “Too Hot for Spot and Tot” billboard.
The CEO brushed off the question, saying that the company would continue to reject our ads until we “act in good faith”—something we’re clearly already doing by trying to place ads that could save dogs’ and children’s lives, as well as sharing other lifesaving messages.
Please contact Lamar (using the contact details given below) to urge it to run PETA’s lifesaving ads again, while we continue to push the company by speaking out at its annual meetings and through other avenues!
PETA and Lamar Advertising, an outdoor advertising company, have had a long relationship—the company has put up several billboards for PETA in the past. We would like this relationship to continue, but Lamar has informed us that it will no longer accept our postings, claiming that it has received complaints, particularly when it put up our billboard calling on SeaWorld to send long-suffering orca Tilikum to a seaside sanctuary. You can probably guess where those complaints came from!
As you know, PETA’s purpose is to stop animal suffering, and we seize every opportunity to reach people with our powerful and sometimes provocative messages. Our actions work—in just the past year, for example, SeaWorld announced that it will no longer breed orcas. That’s not enough, but it’s a significant step forward.
PETA offered to work with Lamar on ads that the company would be comfortable running, but it still refuses to accept any. It even rejected our lifesaving billboards alerting North Carolina dog owners to the dangers of leaving dogs chained outside in broiling summer heat, including deadly heatstroke and flystrike—a painful condition in which flies attracted to dogs’ waste eat away at their flesh, leaving bloody wounds and infections. We see this all the time in that state.
Please join other PETA members and supporters in politely asking Lamar Advertising to run our ads. Getting the word out about animal abuse, neglect, and exploitation is essential if we’re going to stop animal suffering.
Please send polite comments to:
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Reilly, Jr.
President and Chairman of the Board
Please feel free to use our sample letter, but remember that using your own words is always more effective.