For Immediate Release:
March 10, 2022
Robin Goist 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – “Why Do You Hate Me?” That’s the message from a shelter cat, courtesy of PETA, to singer Machine Gun Kelly and actor Megan Fox after the couple recently bought a designer Bengal cat named Whiskey. The group has plastered West Hollywood with posters pointing out that the duo has overlooked millions of lovable homeless cats in U.S. shelters while pimping for the pet-breeding industry, which is a big part of the whole problem.
“Congratulations on the engagement of twin flames and two halves of the same soul. But really, didn’t even half of the soul consider homeless cats, who number in the tens of thousands at animal shelters in L.A., before purchasing a purebred one?” writes PETA Celebrity Relations Manager Matt Kilbourne in a letter to the couple. “In addition to having Whiskey neutered, if you decide to add to your family again, can we please ask that you get a friend for him at one of L.A.’s shelters so that you can help ease the overpopulation problem rather than exacerbate it?”
In the letter, PETA notes that more than 15,850 cats entered L.A. city shelters in 2021 and more than half of them were kittens. Last December alone, 608 cats entered L.A. shelters. In the U.S., around 70 million cats and dogs are homeless at any given time, an estimated 10% of whom end up in shelters, where many have to be euthanized for reasons including illness, injury, old age, emotional and psychological damage, and lack of good homes. Breeders add to this crisis by bringing more animals into the world, who in turn produce even more animals, including many who will end up on the street or in animal shelters.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.