For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2014
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
San Diego, Calif. – The woman who cofounded the country’s most controversial animal rights group, PETA, is on a nationwide speaking tour that will come to San Diego on February 6.
She can describe the huge change in attitudes that has taken place, the early victories that put PETA on the map—such as the first-ever convictions for cruelty to animals in laboratories and on factory farms—and the major breakthroughs that PETA has made in just the last few months to stop animal abuse, including the following:
- A two-month undercover investigation by PETA revealed thousands of neglected, dying animals at Global Captive Breeders—the largest U.S. company that bred and sold reptiles and rats for the “pet” trade—and led to the largest rescue of neglected rats in U.S. history and the largest seizure of animals ever in California. The company’s owner and former manager have each been charged with 106 counts of felony cruelty to animals.
- After a PETA campaign, Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., agreed to replace the use of ferrets in invasive intubation exercises with life-like human simulators.
- Eleven bears who had languished in barren concrete pits at Chief Saunooke Bear Park in North Carolina were finally freed following a PETA undercover investigation that forced the roadside zoo to surrender its exhibitor’s license. The bears were transferred to an animal sanctuary in Dallas, where they roam, dig, swim, and climb trees—in other words, where they can finally be bears.
- Each of the top 10 advertising agencies in the U.S. has signed PETA’s pledge never to use great apes—such as baby chimpanzees, who are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth and beaten into obedience—in their advertisements.