Panthers Receiver Devin Funchess Wants You to Keep Your Dogs ‘Off the Chain!’

NFL Star Teams Up With PETA for New Campaign: 'Neglecting Your Dog Doesn't Make You Tough'

For Immediate Release:
October 3, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Charlotte, N.C. – Together with his best canine pal, Chapo, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess stars in a brand-new PETA ad that stresses the importance of treating dogs like members of the family and never leaving them tethered or penned outside around the clock and that urges fans instead to keep them “off the chain”!

In an exclusive PETA video, Funchess watches footage of chained dogs who are pit bulls like Chapo, prompting him to say, “To people out there [who] chain their dogs and leave them out there in the sun and extreme weather conditions, compassion is what [you] need. You should just bring ’em inside and love on ’em, play with them. Neglecting and chaining … your dog doesn’t make you tough.”

PETA plans to run the ad as a billboard in North Carolina, near the Panthers’ headquarters and in an area that PETA’s field team visits every day to give food and water, sturdy shelters, and other basic care and affection to dogs who are neglected in backyards.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—will also run a radio PSA in which Funchess urges everyone who witnesses cruelty to animals to report it to the authorities.

Funchess is part of a growing list of athletes and other celebrities—including Jarvis Landry, Ryan Tannehill, Chris Culliver, Tyrann Mathieu, Tony Gonzalez, Stevie Johnson, Brandon Flowers, Terrell Suggs, Lance Briggs, and many others—who’ve teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.

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