Press Conference: Kate del Castillo to Launch New Anti-Violence PETA Campaign

La Reina del Sur and Ingobernable Star Urges People to Help Prevent Violence Against Humans by Reporting Violence Against Animals

For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – On Tuesday, TV superstar Kate del Castillo will launch her new PETA campaign at the organization’s Bob Barker Building in Los Angeles. Del Castillo narrates a striking new video warning that nearly every recent mass shooter has had a history of hurting animals—and explains that we can all help prevent violence against humans by always reporting violence against animals.

When:    Tuesday, January 15, 11 a.m.

Where:    PETA’s Bob Barker Building, 2154 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

“In the wake of a mass shooting, we all wish we could have done something to prevent the violence and wonder if there’s anything that we can do to help prevent anything like it from happening again,” says del Castillo. “The link between cruelty to animals and violence against humans is so well established that FBI profilers use reports of animal abuse in analyzing the threat potential of suspects, so we’re asking people not to be silent when they see or hear about someone abusing an animal—and always to report it to the police or PETA.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that the perpetrator of the massacre in Parkland, Florida, reportedly talked about shooting lizards, squirrels, frogs, and a neighbor’s chickens and that the Sutherland Springs church shooter reportedly bought dogs on Craigslist to use as living targets. Many other perpetrators of mass shootings had histories of abusing animals before turning to hurting humans. Kipland P. Kinkel, who shot 27 students at Thurston High School in Oregon, liked to hunt small animals. Andrew Golden and Mitchell Johnson both started hunting as children before going on to shoot and kill five people at Westside Middle School in Arkansas.

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