PETA Praises Police Officer Who Freed Skunk, Urges Everyone to Replace Lids, Crush Cups and Cans
For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2017
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
York, Maine – A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from PETA to the York Police Department after Officer David McKinnon came to the aid of a skunk whose head was stuck inside a McDonald’s cup. McKinnon was on motorcycle patrol at around 1:30 a.m. on September 24 when he noticed the struggling animal in a parking lot near the beach, pulled over, and managed to pull the tightly stuck cup from his or her head. The skunk stared at him before running off into the woods, unhurt. Video footage of the rescue is available here.
“This compassionate police officer was likely the only hope for this skunk in dire straits, who could easily have experienced a miserable death by starvation, dehydration, or being hit by a car,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA reminds everyone to replace the lids on jars and to crush cans and cups before disposing of them to protect animals from getting their heads trapped inside.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has tips on its website for living in harmony with wildlife and properly disposing of trash, such as by keeping all garbage in tightly sealed chew-proof containers, rinsing out aluminum cans and putting the tops inside so that they can’t cut an animal’s tongue, crushing cans and cups, and cutting open empty cardboard and plastic containers so that small animals can’t get their faces or heads caught inside them.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.