Courtney Stodden to ‘Die’ In Anti-PetSmart Protest

PETA Exposés Reveal Sick, Starving, and Dying Animals at Pet Store Chain's Suppliers

For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2016

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Dressed as a vulnerable little mouse, Courtney Stodden will visit a PetSmart store in Los Angeles—where she will lie down and “die.” The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition star’s action comes on the heels of a 15-week PETA video investigation that revealed that a PetSmart supplier gassed animals in plastic bags and set them aside “to die and waste away.” Another recent PETA exposé of a second supplier found small animals warehoused like widgets in plastic bins and rodents crammed into plastic bags and put alive into a deep freezer to die.

Where:           PetSmart, 330 S. La Cienega Blvd. (near W. Third Street), Los Angeles

When:             Thursday, April 14, 12 p.m.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize that countless mice, rats, bunnies, and lizards die in filthy bins for PetSmart’s stores,” says Stodden.” PETA and I appeal to everyone not to shop in stores that sell live animals!”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has released six exposés that reveal unsanitary, abusive conditions for animals who are bred for sale at big-box pet stores.

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