Petco CEO to Get Lumps of Coal for Christmas

For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

San Diego – Because Petco is ho ho horrible to animals and continues to sell them to anyone willing to pay, PETA supporters will leave a fitting gift outside the home of the chain’s CEO, Ron Coughlin: three sacks of coal. With the “gift” is a letter urging him to stop treating birds, reptiles, fish, and other small animals like inanimate merchandise. PETA points out that these animals endure grueling journeys from notoriously cruel suppliers, only to end up confined to small tanks and cramped cages. Many die far earlier than their natural life expectancy.

When:    Monday, December 20, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

“Christmas is coming early to Ron Coughlin this year, and he’s on the naughty list,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA wants Petco to offer some peace on Earth to everyone by no longer selling living, breathing beings alongside toys and leashes.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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