PETA Statement: Mary Willard Was a Great Friend to Animals

For Immediate Release:
July 17, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange regarding the death of Mary Willard:

Mary Willard was a great friend to PETA and to animals for many years. With her humor and huge heart, she was a frequent guest at PETA’s events and was as involved in the PETA campaigns of her husband, Fred—including a popular animal birth control video and a quirky video in which he learned to speak “dog” in honor of National Pet Month—as he was. She was a warm, kind, generous person who will be missed by all of us here at PETA.

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