Gay PETA VP to Take Animal Heads to NRA to Protest All Gun Violence

Dozens Dressed in Mourning Will Cart Carcasses to Gun Lobby's Capitol Hill Office

For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Holding the mounted heads of animals—including a baboon, a deer, mountain goats, and many other species—who have been shot, killed, and stuffed, members of PETA dressed in mourning black will converge on the new lobbying office of the National Rifle Association to call for an end to all gun violence, including by hunters.

Where:           National Rifle Association, 412 First St. S.E., Washington

When:             Friday, June 17, 10 a.m. sharp

The protest will be led by PETA Vice President Dan Mathews. “As every decent person rages against the slaughter in Orlando, let’s recognize that the culture of gun violence often starts with hunting helpless animals,” says Mathews, also a longtime gay rights activist. “PETA wants gun control advocates to stop giving hunters a free pass, because there’s nothing responsible about fostering, often at a young age, a sadistic urge to kill.”

The dead menagerie was donated by a taxidermy collector who was moved by the massacre in Orlando, Florida, to give his collection—worth $20,000—to PETA to help make the connection among all types of gun violence.

PETA is dedicating a leaf on its Tree of Life memorial to the victims of the Orlando terror attack, and the organization and its staff are collecting donations for the victims’ beloved animal companions, who are wondering when the people they called family will come home.

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