Hollandale Woman Nabs Award for Saving Skunk Stuck in Jar

PETA Urges Everyone to Help Protect Wildlife by Replacing Lids, Crushing Cups and Cans

For Immediate Release:
March 14, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Hollandale, Wis. – A Compassionate Action Award is on its way from PETA to Hollandale resident Brandy McNeill, who came to the aid of a skunk whose head was stuck inside a glass jar. She noticed the struggling animal on the side of the road while driving last week. After calling the state Department of Natural Resources for assistance but learning that no one was available to help, she chose to take action and managed to free the skunk, who ran off without spraying her.

“By refusing to drive by an animal in trouble, Ms. McNeill saved this skunk from the panic and terror of slowly starving to death or being run over by a car,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA reminds everyone to replace the lids on jars and to crush cans and cups before throwing them in the trash, in order to prevent wildlife from getting their heads trapped inside.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has tips on its website for living in harmony with wildlife and properly disposing of trash, such as by keeping all garbage in tightly sealed chew-proof containers, rinsing out aluminum cans and putting the tops inside so that they can’t cut an animal’s tongue, crushing cans and cups, and cutting open empty cardboard and plastic containers so that small animals can’t get their faces or heads trapped inside them.

McNeill will receive a framed certificate, a box of delicious vegan cookies, and copies of PETA’s posters reminding everyone to replace lids and crush all cans and containers, which she can put up in her community.

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