Celebrities Lend Their Voices to Real-Life Footage of Neglected, Lonely Animals
For Immediate Release:
February 8, 2017
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Actors Tom Hardy, Casey Affleck, and Priyanka Chopra have teamed up for a new PETA video to encourage people to treat their dogs like family by never leaving them chained up outside to suffer in the cold, hungry and alone. TV host Bill Maher, actor Edie Falco, rapper D.R.A.M., Latina superstar Kate del Castillo, and reality star Courtney Stodden also lent their voices to the project, which features real-life footage of neglected animals filmed by PETA’s fieldworkers.
The video begins with a shot of a chained dog sitting alone in the snow, while Hardy asks, “When you first got me, did you know that you were going to chain me up and leave me outside? Even in the cold and snow?” And as another dog stands helpless to escape from a large puddle, Manchester by the Sea star Affleck adds, “Did you know that you would leave me to fend for myself, even when it was pouring down rain and I had no way of keeping dry?” At the video’s end, Hardy asks, “If you did, then why did you get me at all?” before this message appears: “Treat dogs like family. Keep them inside.”
The dogs featured in the video were filmed near the Sam Simon Center, PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, where the group’s fieldworkers serve as a 24/7 resource for animals in need. They also serve more than 250 surrounding communities, providing “backyard dogs” and many other animals who are forced to live outdoors with free shelter, straw bedding, food, water, veterinary care, and other necessities.
Every year, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—receives thousands of complaints about people who leave dogs outside in the cold. Dogs and other animals can suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze. PETA encourages families to keep their dogs indoors during the winter and all year long.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.