Colwood Firefighters Receive PETA Award for Rescuing Fawn Stranded on Ice

First Responders Save Young Animal From Chilling Fate

For Immediate Release:
December 8, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Victoria, B.C. – When Colwood firefighters heard that a fawn was scrambling and slipping on the ice of Esquimalt Lagoon, they sprang into action, using a motorized inflatable boat, an oar, and long pick poles to break a path through the ice, reach the deer, and coax the young animal to shore. The fawn soon reached shallow waters and was able to bound away, unharmed, as the gathered crowd cheered.

For its dedication to protecting all of Colwood’s residents—no matter their species—PETA will send the Colwood Fire Department a framed Compassionate Fire Department Award, along with PETA’s Chocolate to the Rescue vegan dark chocolate bars, a letter of appreciation, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape through eating plant-based meals.

“The Colwood Fire Department’s know-how and dedication meant the difference between life and death for this little deer,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA hopes the firefighters’ kindness will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—offers tips for helping wildlife on its website.

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