Firefighters Nab PETA Award for Rescuing Moose From Frozen River

Volunteers Break Through the Ice and Lead Young Animal to Shore

For Immediate Release:
December 15, 2016

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Shediac, New Brunswick – A Compassionate Fire Department Award is on its way from PETA to the Shediac Fire Department, which on Saturday morning rescued a young moose who had fallen through the ice on the Shediac River. Volunteer firefighters broke up the ice with axes and led the animal through the path to shore.

“These firefighters had the determination and the know-how that it took to save this young moose from a slow, icy death,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes this story will inspire people everywhere to come to the aid of wildlife in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is sending the fire department a box of delicious vegan cookies, a letter of congratulations, and a copy of The Engine 2 Diet, a Texas firefighter’s 28-day plan for staying in prime firefighting shape by eating plant-based meals.

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