Statement From PETA re Texas Shooter’s Cruelty to Animals

For Immediate Release:
November 7, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Sutherland Springs, Texas – Sutherland Springs, Texas – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to reports that Devin Patrick Kelley, the Sutherland Springs shooter, had a history of cruelty to animals:

It is no surprise to PETA that—three years before he massacred 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas—Devin Patrick Kelley was charged with cruelty to animals for punching, throwing, and dragging a dog as the animal cried and struggled. Although the FBI has identified cruelty to animals as a warning sign of more violence to come and every school shooter and serial killer has a history of abusing animals, Kelley was given only a slap on the wrist for what was likely a “training crime.” While the issues of gun control and mental health rage on, one simple way to prevent many acts of violence is for local law-enforcement officials to pursue the strongest penalties possible in cruelty cases, for everyone’s sake.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” and more information is available at

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind