PETA Seeks Investigation Into Local Dog Breeder Used in New Tarantino Film

Delaware Red Pitbulls Supplied Animals for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Despite Apparently Operating Without a License

For Immediate Release:
August 5, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Wilmington, Del. – PETA has sent a letter requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigate Wilmington-based Delaware Red Pitbulls—the dog supplier for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—for apparently breeding, dealing, and exhibiting pit bulls without a license, in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

“This brazen operation is not only breeding one of the most abused breeds of dog while thousands of others sit homeless in shelters but also allegedly operating in violation of the law,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA is calling on authorities to investigate and, if warranted, hold this facility accountable for churning out litter after litter for illegal sale and exploitation.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that as the most abused and abandoned dog breed, pit bulls are frequently chained, caged, neglected, starved, beaten, and even set on fire and made to fight to death in dogfights. More than 6 million animals—many of them pit bulls—end up in animal shelters every year, and half are euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. PETA encourages everyone to adopt and never to buy from breeders or pet stores, which fuel the companion-animal overpopulation crisis.

In addition, portrayals of specific dog breeds in films and television shows—including Game of Thrones, 101 Dalmatians, Legally Blonde, and Men in Black—have reportedly caused massive spikes in sales of the featured breeds, and many of these dogs are evidently later left at shelters by their ill-prepared guardians.

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