Derick Dillard Called On to Consider All God’s Creatures in Appeal From PETA

Reality Star Asked to Apologize to Fans for Sledding Into Cat

For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

19 Kids and Counting star Derick Dillard—who recently took to social media with a video of his family laughing as he sledded into a cat—has a few things to learn about how Christians should treat God’s creations. That’s why PETA’s Christian outreach division, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” is rushing a letter to Dillard encouraging him to apologize to his legions of Christian, animal-friendly fans.

“Might doesn’t make right, but that’s the message Derick Dillard sent to scores of impressionable young children,” says Director of Christian Outreach and Engagement Sarah Withrow King. “PETA is asking him to apologize publicly for his actions and remind his followers that Jesus’ command to ‘do unto others’ includes all of God’s creatures.”

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PETA’s letter to Derick Dillard follows.

March 4, 2015

Dear Mr. Dillard,

I’m writing to you as PETA’s director of Christian outreach and engagement in response to the video you posted on your Instagram account on March 1, which depicts you apparently purposely sledding directly into an unsuspecting cat. Almost more disturbing than your enjoyment in it was your family’s.

Might doesn’t make right, but that’s the message you’ve sent to scores of impressionable young children and loyal fans. I hope you’ll publicly apologize for your actions and remind your followers that Jesus’ command to “do unto others” includes all of God’s creatures.


Sarah Withrow King
Director of Christian Outreach and Engagement

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