Reward to Find Grand Canyon Squirrel Kicker Adds Vacation Package, Air Fare

As Travelers Return From Far-Flung Summer Travels, PETA Increases Reward to Bring Lout to Justice

For Immediate Release:
September 3, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. – The person shown kicking a squirrel into the Grand Canyon in this YouTube video that went viral remains unidentified, so PETA and its European affiliates are stepping up their efforts to find the culprit and are targeting visitors returning from overseas who may have missed the story or are just now hearing about someone’s trip to the U.S. To the reward of up to $15,000, PETA is adding a vacation to the Grand Canyon—including airfare and lodging for two—for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator, who is believed to be from a French-speaking country.

“Studies show that people who commit violent acts against animals don’t stop at just one victim,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “Someone out there may know who sadistically sent this trusting squirrel plunging to his or her death, and PETA is calling on that individual to come forward now—before anyone else gets hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Grand Canyon Chief Ranger Bill Wright at 928-638-7888.

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