For Immediate Release:
August 28, 2014
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – PETA recently closed down one of the largest chinchilla ranches in California, and in honor of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s marriage, PETA has named two of the rescued chinchillas after them (photos available here). Brad and Angie, the chinchillas, are up for adoption at PETA’s Virginia headquarters.
“Among Brad’s and Angelina’s kind acts are their animal rescues—as well as making their wardrobes fur-free—so naming two of PETA’s rescued chinchillas in their honor seems an apt wedding present,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “We can all follow this couple’s great example—and help chinchillas like Brad and Angelina—by refusing to wear any real animal fur.”
PETA’s website has the chinchillas’ backstory: They were two of more than 400 chinchillas whom PETA rescued from Valley View Chinchilla Ranch, which described itself as a breeder of “pets”—despite electrocuting, skinning, and then selling the pelts of chinchillas who didn’t sell or “work out” as companions so that they could be made into bedspreads, coats, and scarves. Many of the other chinchillas are available for adoption from the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.
You can read PETA’s congratulatory letter to the couple here.