PETA Statement: We Will Miss George Michael’s Music and His Kindness

For Immediate Release:
December 26, 2016

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Norfolk, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Manager Andrew Bernstein about yesterday’s tragic loss of George Michael:

Everyone at PETA will remember George Michael as a music legend who had a big heart and a legendary love of dogs. As charitable as he was talented, George joined fellow singer and animal advocate Morrissey just earlier this month in leading other musicians as well as actors in calling on the British government to crack down on the illegal pet trade and enact new laws that would help improve welfare standards for animals. George was a devoted guardian who found it hard to be away from his canine companions when he had to travel. During a 2012 tour, the singer and his crew made a photo collage of their animal companions. This “Dog Wall” traveled with them everywhere they went and was later auctioned off. The world has lost a phenomenal singer and a beautiful voice for animals.

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