PETA Offers Up to $5,000 Reward for Help in Nabbing Person Who Killed Mother Seal

Federal Officials Seeking Culprit and Missing Baby Seal

For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Ocean Park, Wash. – On April 19, a pregnant harbor seal gave birth on a beach just north of Ocean Park. Concerned residents set up a perimeter—complete with red flag–draped warning signs—and checked on the seals periodically. On the morning of April 20, a concerned resident arrived to find that someone had apparently driven a truck into the area and run over the seal, severing her tail. The seal had to be euthanized because of the extent of her injuries, and her baby remains missing.

Officials have yet to make any arrests. That’s why PETA is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this violent crime.

Would you please consider sharing this information with your audience? It might be the only way to apprehend those responsible for this heinous act.

“Study after study has confirmed that people who hurt animals often go on to hurt human beings,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “PETA is urging anyone with information to come forward now, before another violent act is committed.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement toll-free at 1-800-853-1964.

For more information, please visit To listen to PETA’s anti-violence public service announcement—which features Inglourious Basterds star and Hostel director Eli Roth—please visit

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