PETA to Double Reward for Conviction of Person Who Threw Pig’s Head at Mosque

PETA Adds $2,000 to Mayor's Offer, Seeks Public's Help in Finding Who Used Animal in Hate Crime

For Immediate Release:
December 9, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Philadelphia – As law enforcement tries to determine who is responsible for throwing a severed pig’s head out of a red pickup truck at the door of a Philadelphia mosque on Sunday, PETA is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the hate crime. PETA’s contribution doubles the reward offered by Philadelphia Mayor Nutter, bringing the total reward to $4,000.

“This hateful act in which a dead animal was used to denigrate human beings demonstrates a complete lack of empathy, and that spells bad news for the entire community,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is urging anyone with information to come forward immediately.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has also asked permission to place a banner adjacent to the mosque that promotes peace for every living being—regardless of religion, nationality, or species.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Philadelphia Police Department tip line at 215-686-8477.

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