PETA Statement: Suspected Arsonist Needs Cruelty to Animals Charge Added

For Immediate Release:
August 10, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-540-2175

Riverside, Calif. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien in response to the arrest of Corona, California, resident Forrest Gordon Clark, who has been charged with arson after allegedly setting a wildfire in Orange and Riverside counties:

Millions of wild animals—from deer, raccoons, foxes, and bears to coyotes, frogs, birds, and insects—are losing their homes and their lives in shockingly painful ways, as they’re unable to escape from this inferno. PETA is calling for cruelty-to-animals charges to be added to those pending against the man now in custody and accused of starting the fire.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” and tips for residents affected by wildfires are available here. For more information, please visit

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