For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Charlotte, N.C. – Together with his best canine pal, Fendi, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson stars in a brand-new PETA ad that urges everyone to let dogs live indoors with the rest of the family and never keep them tethered outside.
“I’m just really against that people keep their dogs chained up and outside during storms and hot weather,” Anderson says in an accompanying PETA video. “[D]ogs are meant to be loved. How would you feel to be left on a chain all day long, stuck outside … on a piece of concrete or old grass and dirt? … [T]here’s a lot of unloved dogs and mistreated dogs in the world. … Please don’t leave your dog outside on a chain.”
Anderson’s video features footage of “backyard” dogs filmed by PETA’s rescue team, which helps people in low-income areas of North Carolina and Virginia with animal-care needs, including providing them with free food, sturdy doghouses and insulating straw bedding, spay/neuter surgeries, and other basic care—all totally free of charge. The team’s essential work was recently profiled in Breaking the Chain, a documentary from executive producer Anjelica Huston. The film follows PETA’s fieldworkers as they visit dogs kept chained outdoors in all weather extremes, confined to the same few square feet of space 24/7 and deprived of the social interaction that they crave as pack animals. In the winter, dogs left outside have been found suffering from frostbite and exposure, and in the summer, heatstroke.
Anderson is part of a growing list of athletes and other celebrities—including Devin Funchess, Cam Newton, Jarvis Landry, Ryan Tannehill, Tyrann Mathieu, Terrell Suggs, and Tony Gonzalez—who’ve teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.