Alicia Machado is PETA Latino’s ‘Angel for Animals’

New Campaign to Be Unveiled at Animal Care Center Calls for Spaying and Neutering

For Immediate Release:
May 3, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Wearing wings, a white gown, and a pageant sash reading “Angel,” telenovela star and Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado appears with a fluffy cat in a new PETA Latino ad that proclaims, “Be an ‘Angel’ for Animals. Spay or Neuter, and Save Lives.”

She will unveil the ad in person this afternoon at the Downey Animal Care Center in Los Angeles.

“Spaying and neutering our cats is very important,” Machado stresses in an exclusive video interview with PETA Latino. “Cats have a very short gestation period—three months. Whether they live on the street or in a home, they can have kittens constantly. And the consequences of this are that there are a lot of abandoned animals.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that more than 6 million animals end up in shelters across the U.S. every year and approximately half must be euthanized. Every spay or neuter surgery prevents many generations of animals from being born, meaning that fewer dogs and cats will enter the world only to end up in shelters, starve on the streets, or suffer at the hands of humans who abuse or neglect them.

Machado, who also voices a radio PSA for PETA’s “Let’s Fix L.A.” program, is part of a growing list of celebrities—including Aislinn Derbez, Dr. Drew, George Lopez, Marjorie de Sousa, and many others—who’ve teamed up with PETA and PETA Latino to stress the importance of spaying and neutering.

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