Fontana Couple Receives PETA Award for Nabbing Coyote Killer

For Immediate Release:
July 21, 2021

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Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Fontana, Calif. – A Good Samaritan Award is on its way from PETA to Jadat and David Griffith, who had the presence of mind to start videotaping when they saw a local animal trapper named Lowell Miller shoot a terrified, yelping coyote more than 14 times in the head and face with a small-caliber firearm. Miller had captured the coyote in a trap at the Sierra Lakes Golf Course. Thanks to the Griffiths’ damning video evidence, Miller was charged with cruelty to animals, to which he pleaded no contest.

“Had it not been for the Griffiths’ quick action, watchful eye, and willingness to come forward, this abuser might never have been held accountable for the suffering that he caused this hapless animal,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is sure that their example will inspire others to act if they see any animal being abused.”

PETA encourages people to live in harmony with coyotes, as using lethal methods to “control” them is not only cruel but also ineffective. Effective nonlethal approaches include never feeding wildlife and modifying areas to make them less habitable, which will encourage the animals simply to move on naturally.

The Griffiths will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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