For Immediate Release:
February 5, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Kansas City, Mo. – If Tyrann Mathieu gets an interception during this year’s Super Bowl, PETA will get $100,000. That’s the offer made by an anonymous donor in honor of Mathieu’s longstanding support of PETA.
The money is earmarked for the group’s work informing people about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot vehicles in the summer and about “outdoor dogs,” chained out in the cold 24/7, for which Mathieu has starred in two viral videos: He baked inside a hot car, where dogs can succumb to heatstroke within minutes, and he shivered inside a walk-in freezer to illustrate how dogs suffer when they’re left outside during the frigid winter months. His practice of putting his own body on the line to help animals recently nabbed him a PETA Humanitarian Award at the group’s 40th anniversary celebration, presented by teammate Patrick Mahomes, who called him “not only an asset to our team but to animals who need protection.”
“PETA has found a selfless dog defender in Tyrann Mathieu,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “We’ll be cheering him on this Sunday, knowing how pleased he’d be to win such a generous donation for the neglected animals he cares about.”
PETA’s field team—who can be seen in Breaking the Chain, the new documentary produced by Oscar winner Anjelica Huston—operates in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, supplying free services to low-income communities, including custom-built doghouses and straw bedding.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.