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Death Penalty Focus, New Solitary Confinement Policy, The Louisiana Board of Pardons, Death penalty bill for child rapists in Florida & Scott Panetti unfit to be executed by Texas!

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released its long-awaited new solitary confinement policy following an order by Gov. Gavin Newsom. But, the new regulations have been criticized as not going far enough. The new policy, which only applies to prisoners in isolation for alleged gang membership or activities, allows for four hours out of their cells a day but does not change the amount of time they can be kept in isolation, which can still be years. Criticism centers mainly on the length of time someone can be placed in solitary and the fact that prisoners are still being placed in isolation for alleged gang affiliations rather than actual offenses. Activists and inmates’ rights groups say the lack of monitoring and accountability within the CDCR means that the new policy could easily be ignored, as was the case with past reforms.

The Racial Justice Act has been a highly debated topic in the California legal system, and its fate was recently decided by a state appeals court. In a split 2-1 ruling, the court upheld the Racial Justice Act, which has been developed to address the issue of systemic racism in the legal system and ensure that racial bias is not a factor in prosecutions and sentencing. This ruling marks a landmark moment in California’s efforts to achieve a fair and impartial justice system for all citizens, regardless of their race or ethnicity. It is a significant step forward in the fight against racial discrimination, and it solidifies California’s commitment to promoting justice and equality. The Racial Justice Act has been praised by many legal experts, civil rights advocates, and marginalized communities, who see it as a critical tool in addressing the systemic biases that have long been present in the justice system.

The Louisiana Board of Pardons has recently made a decision that has caused ripples in the world of justice. The board has denied the clemency hearing of the first five appeals who had applied to be granted mercy. The hearing could have given them a chance to turn their lives around and make amends for the wrongs they had committed. It is a disappointing turn of events that these individuals were denied the opportunity to state their case. The decision is being closely scrutinized by those who support the appeals for clemency while others, perhaps with a different perspective on the matter, seem to be applauding the move. Regardless of where you stand in the matter, it is clear that the Louisiana Board of Pardons’ decision has impacted the lives of the five individuals who were denied the chance to appeal for clemency.

Scott Panetti’s battle with paranoid schizophrenia has spanned over three decades, leading to a heinous crime committed in the year 1992 – the murder of his wife’s parents. Despite being convicted and sentenced to death in Texas in 1995, the severity of his mental illness could not be overlooked. In a recent development, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman blocked Panetti’s execution on the grounds of his debilitating affliction, which renders him unfit for capital punishment. The decision provides a glimmer of hope and renewed faith in the judicial system, showcasing that the court recognizes and respects the need for considering individual health and well-being in rendering verdicts. We hope that this ruling sets a precedent for the betterment of legal aid and the re-evaluation of similar cases to ensure that justice is served even to those struggling with mental illness.

A recent development in Florida has brought about a new law that is designed to significantly increase the consequences of committing a particularly heinous crime. The bill, which was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis back in May, establishes a minimum sentence of life without parole for individuals who are found guilty of the heinous crime of raping a minor. However, what is particularly noteworthy about this law is that it goes even further than this, allowing individuals convicted of this crime to be sentenced to the death penalty. This has been hailed by many as a significant step forward in the fight against child abuse in Florida, and it is hoped that it will send a strong message to would-be offenders that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in any way.

Indiana Public Media has recently released a gripping and comprehensive 13-part series called “Rush to Kill.” With an intense focus on the six-month killing spree of then-President Donald Trump, this series delves into the events of 2020 where Trump, along with his Attorney General Bill Barr, ordered the execution of 13 individuals – twelve men and one woman – in the final months of Trump’s presidency. The series provides a detailed and exhaustive analysis of these events, and aims to shed light on the political machinations behind them. Additionally, we recommend the review of Stephen B. Bright’s and James Kwak’s thought-provoking book, “The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts.” Together, these two recommended works strive to challenge and interrogate our society’s relationship with justice, and how it intersects with issues of race, poverty, and inequality.

In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey scheduled an execution date for Casey McWhorter for a 30-hour window between midnight November 16, and 6 a.m., November 17, the Montgomery Advertiser reports. McWhorter was sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of Edward Lee Williams. He was 18 when he was sentenced to death by a jury in a 10-2 vote. He had four accomplices, including the 15-year-old son of the victim, but he was the only defendant sentenced to death. 

In Texas, 48-year-old Jedidiah Murphy was killed by lethal injection early this month for the murder of 80-year-old Bertie Lee Cunningham in October 2000, CBS News reported. Murphy was killed after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal judge’s order that had been upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, delaying his execution after his lawyers “filed a lawsuit seeking DNA testing of evidence presented at his 2001 trial,” according to CBS. 

Also in Texas, Will Speer was granted a stay of execution last Thursday, less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to be killed by the state. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay for Speer, whose attorneys alleged that prosecutors withheld evidence and presented false testimony during his 2001 trial. He also alleges that his trial lawyers failed to provide evidence of the severe physical and sexual abuse he was subjected to as a child. Speer, sentenced to death for the killing of another imprisoned individual, was named the first “Inmate Coordinator for the Death Row Faith-Based Program” just a few months ago by corrections officials.

In Idaho, the Commission of Pardons and Parole agreed to a commutation hearing for Thomas Creech, who was scheduled to be executed on November 8. The commission’s decision, announced in a news release from the Federal Defender Services of Idaho,  means his execution date will be postponed. A date for the hearing was not set. “He looks forward to elaborating on the reasons for requesting to have his death sentence commuted to life without parole when the hearing is held,” the statement said. The 73-year-old Creech has garnered broad support for commutation, including from the judge who sentenced him to death 44 years ago. Judge Robert Newhouse said killing Creech now would be “just an act of vengeance” by the state, according to the FDS. Creech has been on the state’s death row longer than anyone else. There are currently eight people on the state’s death row. Idaho’s last execution was in July 2012, when it executed Richard Leavitt by lethal injection.

In Utah, Ralph Menzies, sentenced to death in 1988 for the 1986 kidnapping and murder of Maurine Hunsaker, has exhausted his appeals and will face a hearing this month where a judge is expected to sign his death warrant, the Utah Attorney General announced in a news release. But according to Fox 13, the Utah Board of Pardons & Parole could commute his sentence. In addition, Menzies is one of four others on death row who have filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s execution protocol. Utah’s primary method of execution is lethal injection, but when the drugs aren’t available, it relies on a firing squad to kill its citizens. It’s believed the state does not have the drugs it would need to kill Menzies. 

In Oklahoma, Philip Hancock, scheduled to be killed November 30, filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking DNA testing on evidence he maintains could establish that he acted in self-defense, the City Sentinel reports. Hancock was convicted and sentenced to death for killing Robert Jett and James Lynch in 2001. He has always maintained that he acted in self-defense. In his lawsuit, Hancock states that DNA testing of Lynch’s fingernail scrapings and his clothing, as well as Jett’s clothing, wallet, and a letter recovered from the scene would “to prove that Jett and Lynch violently assaulted Hancock immediately before, and then while, Hancock shot them in self-defense.” None of the crime scene evidence has ever been tested. Republican Reps. Kevin McDugle and Justin Humphrey and former Pardon and Parole Board member Adam Luck are asking the parole board to recommend clemency for Hancock, and for Gov. Kevin Stitt to commute his sentence, KOSU reported. 

A dolphin demonstrates a performance with a trainer at a dolphin pool in Taiji, southwestern Japan, where visitors can play with the animals Monday, March 8, 2010. The Japanese fishing village featured in "The Cove," which won an Oscar for best documentary, defended Monday its practice of hunting dolphins as a part of its tradition. Residents of this remote village nestled on the rocky coast expressed disgust at the covertly filmed movie, which they said distorted the truth, though few acknowledged seeing it in its entirety. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Miami Seaquarium Debacle Continues with more Sanctions, The Taiji Hunting & Capturing Season is What Sells Them to the Hotels, SeaWorld’s, Zoo’s & Seaquarium.

The infamous Miami Seaquarium is unfortunately embroiled in yet another scandal as they face accusations of mistreatment towards their animal residents. According to a recent federal inspection report, the amusement park has been cited for a number of offenses including a patron’s hand being bitten by a dolphin. Additionally, it has been reported that the park endangered one of their dolphins by allowing it to ingest plastic and a chunk of concrete in an outdated tank. The park also came under fire for their treatment of other animals, such as a manatee being held alone in an enclosure with no shade and a dolphin that sustained injuries due to being trapped with incompatible tankmates. Many are now calling on Miami-Dade County, who is the owner and lessor of the land the park is on, to take responsibility for the surviving animals’ welfare by shutting down the problematic facility.

When Miami-Dade County officials provided assurance to the public about bringing a significant change at the Miami Seaquarium, they had reasons to believe that they could deliver on their promise. The facility was riddled with violations of animal welfare regulations. Some of them, such as staff-induced starvation of dolphins, caused emaciation of the animals to the point of performing for food. Others were much more severe, like holding dolphins that are incompatible with each other, leading to significant trauma that resulted in death. The officials pledged to enforce regulations and keep a keen eye on the facility, ensuring that everything goes according to plan. Even the lease transfer to the current owner, The Dolphin Company, was seen as hope for salvaging the park. However, the reality on the ground is much different – animals are undergoing suffering that seems to have no end in sight.

Dolphins are incredibly intelligent and social creatures. In their natural habitat, they exhibit a vast range of dynamic behavior, such as swimming long distances of up to 60 miles in a single day, diving deep into the ocean as far as 3,000 feet, and maintaining complex relationships with their pod members. It is disheartening to see such majestic animals being held captive in tiny tanks and being forced to perform for human entertainment. This is a clear example of speciesism, a belief that promotes human superiority over other forms of life.

Though the recent plan to move the orca Lolita to a seaside sanctuary has come too late, there is still hope for the other dolphins that continue to suffer captivity at the park. It is high time we recognize and understand the importance of treating each living being, regardless of species, with compassion and respect. It is our responsibility to end this practice of keeping marine animals captive and realize that their true home is in the vast open waters where they belong.

There is a growing movement calling upon Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to use her voice and her powerful position to advocate for the closure of the Miami Seaquarium. This important step would not only have far-reaching positive effects on the wellbeing of dolphins currently in captivity there, but also send a strong message to society about the proper treatment of animals in our care. As many concerned individuals and organizations have pointed out, captive dolphins at the Seaquarium are not only subjected to a life of confinement, but also traumatic living conditions that cause them great distress. A shut-down would demonstrate a clear commitment to animal welfare and be a true reflection of the values that underlie our society. Our hope is that Mayor Levine Cava will listen to this important call for reform and take concrete steps forward towards a better future for these intelligent creatures who share our planet.

 
The feds cited the Miami Seaquarium for creating a stressful environment for humans and other animals.

The notorious facility was cited for apparently doing the following:

  • Having vacancies in vital staff positions, including veterinarian and vet tech roles, which left a single veterinarian responsible for the care of almost 50 marine mammals and hundreds of birds, fish, and other animals
  • Failing to prevent a dolphin from biting a patron’s hand during an interactive session
  • Allowing a dolphin to ingest plastic, sand, glass filtration materials, and a chunk of cement from a deteriorating tank
  • Failing to provide a manatee kept in isolation with adequate shade from the sun
  • Housing a dolphin with incompatible tankmates, leading to the animal sustaining multiple bilateral rib fractures

PETA is urging Miami-Dade County officials to shut down this abusement park and compel it to send the animals to seaside sanctuaries, where they would finally be able to start recovering from their lifetime of trauma.

Conscientious people should stay far away from the Miami Seaquarium and every other marine park that exploits animals for entertainment.

Not really “aquarium” related but I saw this and something really put it  into perspective for me how terrible sad this situation is. (Lolita, Miami  Seaquarium) : r/AquariumsIf we set aside all other aspects and focus solely on one matter, we will find that the size of the pool wherein these majestic creatures, whales and dolphins, reside, is simply astonishing. It is indeed quite concerning how small the space is when compared to pools that many individuals may have in their personal homes.

One cannot even begin to fathom how these intelligent and social animals manage to survive and thrive in such an enclosed environment.

It is a matter that requires immediate attention and action.

As inhabitants of this planet, it is our responsibility to ensure the well-being of all creatures that coexist with us. We must show empathy and take every necessary measure to ensure that these beings are provided with the appropriate space that nature intended them to have. It is only then that they can truly flourish, and we can work towards a brighter and more sustainable future for all.

And, on the week of and days that are the ‘Day of the Dead,’ Let’s Help Honor Animals Who Died in Marine Park Tanks
 
Celebrated on November 1 and 2, “The Day of the Dead”—or Día de los Muertos—is an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away.
 
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Our Future & How Today’s Youths Like to get “Shit” Done even as Republicans Target GOP Youth Voters to Make Easy Things Harder!

That’s how we’ve been able to make more progress on critical issues like gun violence prevention and climate change in the last 3 years than in the last 3 decades!

‘With more Gen Z voter turnout than ever before, young people across the United States are voting in record high numbers, making up a large proportion of votes for progressive candidates, AND we’re continuing to push our leaders to get shit done. Think about it: In five years, we went from having the most pro-NRA president in American history to the most pro-gun-safety president in American history. That wasn’t an accident: it was a sign of our power and a result of our efforts to mobilize the youth vote. The GOP knows this and are trying to stop us.’David Hogg

The statement highlights how their efforts in the fight against gun violence prevention and climate change have yielded more progress in the past three years than it has been in the last three decades. This impressive achievement is undoubtedly due to the consistent and determined effort of the organization and its supporters. One can see how far the organization has come by taking into account a crucial fact- in just five years, the country went from having the most pro-NRA president in history to the most pro-gun-safety president! One can agree that this was not a coincidence- that it was a clear indication of our power, highlighted by the mobilization of the youth vote. The Republican Party seems to be well aware of this and is undoubtedly putting in measures to prevent the organization and its supporters from taking down their agenda. It is incredibly admirable to see this organization’s ability to make such positive progress in critical issues despite significant opposition.

Young people have historically motivated change across societies, and this has continued within the United States. As such, the Republican Party has become increasingly aware of the powerful voice that the youth carries, particularly regarding issues that many young people are passionate about, such as climate change, social justice, and equity. Unfortunately, some Republicans across the country have attempted to make it more difficult for young people to vote in recent years. Consequently, the United States has witnessed a wave of voter suppression targeting youth voters unlike anything seen before, a trend that is extremely concerning. As a helper, it is crucial to stand alongside young people and advocate for their right to vote and participate in democracy to help shape the future of our nation.

A recent development in Idaho’s political landscape saw the governor, who subscribes to right-wing ideologies, signing a bill that has elicited mixed reactions from the public. The bill in question seeks to ban the use of student IDs as a form of identification during elections in Idaho. This decision is not without its critics, who argue that the move unfairly disenfranchises young people and students. The issue highlights the tension between the desire to ensure the integrity of elections and the need to promote accessibility, particularly for marginalized groups. As such, the governor’s decision has ignited a debate around voting rights, proving to be an essential and topical issue in contemporary politics. Regardless of one’s opinion on the matter, there is no denying that the implications of this bill go beyond Idaho and are likely to be felt across the country.

Ohio has gained a reputation for making it incredibly difficult for students who come from out of state to exercise their voting rights. Despite the constitutional guarantee of voting rights for all United States citizens, Ohio imposes stringent requirements that make it especially complicated and burdensome for out-of-state students to register and cast their ballots. These hurdles include strict residency requirements, confusing voter ID laws, and limited early voting options. Due to these factors, the process of voting can become an overwhelming and convoluted experience for many out-of-state students in Ohio. The state’s restrictive policies often discourage students from participating in the democratic process and fulfilling their civic duty, which is a troubling trend for a society that values inclusivity and equal representation for all.

Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida enacted a new piece of legislation aimed at ensuring election integrity and security by requiring all first-time voters without a social security number or state ID to cast their ballots in-person. This measure is aimed at reducing the potential for fraud and ensuring that only eligible citizens are able to participate in the electoral process. With the increased concerns and scrutiny around election processes in recent years, it is imperative that steps are taken to address potential vulnerabilities in the system. By enacting this new requirement, Governor DeSantis is taking proactive steps to protect the integrity of our elections and ensuring that the voices of all eligible citizens are heard. While it may pose some logistical challenges, such as longer wait times at polling stations, the benefits of this policy are clear, and it will undoubtedly help to safeguard the stability and legitimacy of our democracy.

Now more than ever, it is vital that we continue the momentum we have gained and work diligently to ensure that we are raising adequate resources to overcome the challenges that lie ahead. Our task is not an easy one as we are faced with the daunting task of combating special interests that threaten to buy elections and elected officials who are standing in the way of progress. We must be relentless in our efforts and remain steadfast in our mission to create change. Through our combined efforts, we can overcome these obstacles and move towards a brighter future. Let us not falter in our resolve and keep pushing forward with determination and purpose. The stakes are high, but together, we can achieve our goals and make real progress for the betterment of all.

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PETA requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture terminate the exhibitor, Animals of Montana’s (AOM) license, and the federal agency agreed!

Victory! Following a complaint from PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) terminated notorious wild-animal exhibitor Animals of Montana’s (AOM) federal exhibitor license on October 6. AOM is owned by Troy Hyde.

In a joyous turn of events, animal rights activists and advocates have found reason to celebrate – a significant achievement that marks a long-awaited victory in the fight against animal captivity and exploitation! The notorious wild-animal exhibitor, Troy Hyde, had operated his business, Animals of Montana, for decades, despite the severe criticism and disapproval from animal welfare organizations. Hyde’s business model cruelly confined various wild animals, ranging from tigers to grizzly bears, into small, unsanitary cages, merely to be used as props in film shoots. The investigation into complaints made by PETA eventually led to the closure of this abhorrent operation, one that had caused much outrage and distress. Just recently, on 6th October, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) revoked Animals of Montana’s federal exhibitor license. Finally, the animals are free from the clutches of exploitation and can now have a second chance living their lives out in a natural and safe environment. It’s a powerful victory that animal rights champions can be proud of!

In June 2023, PETA requested the termination of AOM’s license which the USDA began to process in July by filing an order to show cause for its termination. AOM was given 20 days to explain why their license shouldn’t be terminated but failed to respond. Their lack of response was taken as an admission of the allegations made against them in the order. The USDA had begun the process of terminating AOM’s license due to PETA’s request, which was likely based on concerns about the exhibitor’s treatment of animals. It is unclear what exactly led to PETA’s request, or what actions AOM took or failed to take that led to the termination of their license. However, this decision by the USDA demonstrates the importance of proper treatment of animals in industries that involve their use for entertainment or other purposes.

The process of terminating AOM’s license began in July 2023 as the result of a request made by PETA to the USDA. In June, PETA had requested that the USDA terminate AOM’s license and was able to see their request come to fruition just one month later. The order to show cause was filed by the feds and AOM was given 20 days to respond, but they failed to do so, which in a sense was considered as an admission of guilt. As a result of their lack of response and actions, the feds concluded that Hyde and AOM were unfit to continue operating as an exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

The feds determined that AOM would be operating in violation of state and local laws and had been found to have violated state or local laws or regulations pertaining to the transportation, ownership, neglect or welfare of animals. The administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service determined that “Hyde’s continuous possession of he AWA license would be contrary to the purposes of the AWA.” This was a clear message that the AWA should not be compromised in any way, and that animal welfare and protection should always be at the forefront.

Animals in unaccredited captive wildlife facilities such as roadside zoos and game ranches often suffer due to lack of knowledge, resources, and care. With one more exhibitor no longer legally allowed to operate a roadside zoo, this is a significant win for animal-rights advocates and helps end speciesism.

Following a complaint from PETA, the USDA has begun the process of terminating the federal license of notorious wild-animal exhibitor Animals of Montana. This shameless profiteer kept animals in filthy and appalling conditions and repeatedly put them and the public in danger. We urge everyone to avoid supporting seedy operations like AOM by shunning any form of entertainment that exploits animals.

lion in cage at roadside zoo 'Animals of Montana'

PETA’s complaint pointed out that because AOM has violated state and federal laws pertaining to transportation, ownership, neglect, or welfare of animals—including 22 violations of Montana’s captive-animal regulations that led to the permanent revocation of the facility’s roadside menagerie permit—the USDA could and should terminate AOM’s federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license. The agency has now taken the first step toward doing so by filing an order to show cause why AOM’s license shouldn’t be terminated.

For over two decades, the owner of Animals of Montana, Troy Hyde, has trucked animals all over the country to be used as living props in movies and advertisements.

He’s racked up a laundry list of animal welfare and employee safety violations, including the following:

  • Allowing a tiger to escape during a photo shoot, then directing a member of the public to threaten the animal with a weed whacker
  • Placing employees in dangerous proximity to bears, leading to a fatal attack on a worker

The USDA terminated AOM’s license in 2009 for violating the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act but granted Hyde a new license two years later. Since then, AOM has accrued 29 more violations of state and federal laws, including the following:

  • Keeping wolves in unsanitary and severely crowded cages
  • Failing to provide wolves with drinking water (According to reports, the wolves “were either out of water, water was froze [sic], or what was left in the bottom was brownish-black from saturation by fecal matter.”)
  • Allowing a fisher to escape (The animal was never found.)
  • Failing to properly secure the cages of potentially dangerous animals, including a bear, a coyote, a bobcat, a Siberian lynx, a black leopard, an arctic wolf, and a gray wolf
  • Failing to clean a cross fox’s cage for several days, leading to the accumulation of “a significant amount of feces”

What You Can Do to Help Animals in Roadside Zoos

Across the U.S., many unaccredited zoos and roadside menageries have long histories of harming animals or otherwise violating the AWA. Bears, big cats, and others at these tourist traps face many hardships: They’re often denied proper veterinary care, clean and safe enclosures, and adequate shelter from the wind and extreme temperatures.

Never visit roadside zoos or game ranches that exploit captive wildlife for photo or video shoots.

Take Action to Help Animals in Roadside Zoos

In shabby roadside zoos across the country and at countless other tourist traps around the world, animals are suffering.

Animals held prisoner in pseudo-sanctuaries, traveling shows, and roadside displays are forced to spend their lives behind bars to entertain the public. They endure relentless frustration, neglect, and sometimes even abuse from the people who are supposed to be caring for them. This stress causes many of them to rock, sway, or pace endlessly. Some even resort to hurting themselves by chewing on their own body parts or pulling out their fur or feathers.

Together, we can make a difference for animals in roadside zoos. Keep reading to learn more, or click on the button below to start taking action.

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Lolita’s Necropsy Report Will Make You Livid—Take Action for Corky Now

The necropsy report on Lolita the orca—who was held captive for over five decades and forced to perform at the Miami Seaquarium—is now public, and as you’ve probably guessed, it’s not pretty. Don’t let Corky suffer the same fate at SeaWorld. WHAT LED TO LOLITA’S DEATH?

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The 16 young people we represent in Held v. State of Montana made history with their colossal win in August. Then recently, as expected, the State of Montana filed their notice of appeal. 

We are now preparing to present our arguments to the Montana Supreme Court on behalf of our young clients and we are confident that Judge Seeley’s ruling will be upheld! Once the Montana Supreme Court rules, that will be the final word because state constitutional cases like this don’t go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In an exciting update, we have made progress in our youth-led case in Utah, where we have submitted our opening brief to the Utah Supreme Court. Alongside our brief, several other groups have submitted amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” briefs. These groups include the ACLU and ACLU of Utah, the American Academy of Pediatrics – Utah Chapter, Voices for Utah Children, Utah Moms for Clean Air, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, and a group of 37 law professors from 25 law schools. Their involvement in the case shows broad support for our cause. We look forward to the court’s decision on the matter, and will continue to fight for the rights and future of our youth and the planet.

We’ve advanced our youth-led case in Utah, submitting our opening brief to the Utah Supreme Court, alongside amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs by the ACLU and ACLU of Utah, the American Academy of Pediatrics – Utah Chapter, Voices for Utah Children, Utah Moms for Clean Air, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, and a group of 37 law professors from 25 law schools.

In youth-led advocacy news, last month Juliana v. U.S. youth plaintiff Isaac testified at a virtual public meeting with the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Isaac urged members to:

  1. Recognize that children have fundamental, constitutionally-protected rights to a safe climate that should be protected by courts.
  2. Advise the White House Council of Environmental Quality and White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council to align their policies to allow youth, especially children within environmental justice (EJ) communities, access to courts.
  3. Tell the U.S. Department of Justice to cease its efforts to preclude the Juliana plaintiffs access to their courts to seek judicial protection of their rights.
  4. Urge Congress to pass the Children’s Fundamental Rights and Climate Recovery resolution that recognizes children’s rights and demands a climate recovery plan!

You can join Isaac in his plea to the U.S. Department of Justice to end their opposition to his case proceeding to trial. Contact the DOJ today and tell Attorney General Merrick Garland: Let the Youth Be Heard!

We are actively preparing the next wave of climate litigation building upon the win in Montana, including preparations for trial in Navahine F. v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation.

We also anticipate decisions soon from the courts hearing Juliana v. United States and La Rose v. His Majesty the King, as well as dates to be scheduled to appear before the Montana Supreme Court and Virginia Court of Appeals.

  • TIME named Rikki Held to the Time100 NEXT list for her leadership and determination to create a better future.
  • The Climate Change Leadership Institute presented Our Children’s Trust with their 2023 Climate Courage Award “for most commendably representing young people and honoring their right to a healthy and livable climate”
  • The International Center for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of MultiGenerational Legacies of Trauma honored Julia Olson with the Repairer Excellence Award “for founding Our Children’s Trust, trailblazing an inspiring path to victory and hope in the first U.S. children’s constitutional climate trial.” 

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Tuesday, October 31
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

PETA is stopping deadly experiments on animals, and we want to tell you how!

PETA has been stopping horrifying experiments on animals since our very first undercover investigation into a dungeon-like Maryland laboratory more than four decades ago.

Today, PETA’s team of campaigners, scientists, and investigators is leading a global movement that’s preventing countless dogs, rabbits, monkeys, mice, and other animals from ever experiencing the nightmare of a laboratory cage.

This Halloween, we want to show you how—together—we’re stopping deadly tests, shutting down experimenters’ torture chambers, and promoting effective, modern research methods that don’t harm a single animal.

Please join us for our special PETA town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 31, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You’ll get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at our vital work for animals in laboratories—with three committed PETA scientists and me as your guides.

To participate, simply log on to PETA.org/OctoberTownHall at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, October 31. We’ll send you a reminder e-mail shortly before the meeting begins.

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Now that the “Worst Roadside Zoo in America” has been stripped of its filthy crown and shut down, which decrepit, broken-down hellhole for animals has taken the number one spot? The notorious Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation.

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Since 1995, Kirshner has acquired over 100 baby wild animals from breeders and other roadside zoo operators. More than 80 of these animals were under 3 months old when they were shipped to the facility. From January 2021 through June 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Kirshner 13 times—an average of one citation every six weeks.

Compassionate people everywhere are turning away from shady roadside zoos, and Kirshner is at the top of the garbage pile. Please e-mail its operator, Roberta Kirshner, and urge her to close this cruel facility and send the animals there to reputable sanctuaries. E-Mail Roberta Kirshner.

Then help other animals suffering in the entertainment industry: Take Action Now

fox in carrier at auctionUrge Greedy Dealers and Roadside Zoos to Dump Horrific Mt. Hope Auction

Animals at this auction have been emaciated, suffering from obvious injuries or illnesses, or even left for dead. One fox—who was given a number instead of a name—was trapped in a small plastic carrier with a broken leg and, instead of being treated, was forced into the auction ring by someone trying to pocket some cash. We already asked you to message the auction owners—now we’re urging everyone to take the next step by e-mailing the dealers selling animals at the auction. E-MAIL DEALERS AND OTHERS NOW

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Kevin Cooper lawyers urge CA Gov. Gavin Newsom to reject
biased and inaccurate innocence investigation of his case

We wanted to update you on the Kevin Cooper case, which we have written extensively about over the years.

Cooper, who has been on California’s death row for 35 years, is asking California Gov. Gavin Newsom to reject the findings of an investigation into his case by the law firm Morrison Foerster that was released in January.

He included his request in a detailed rebuttal to the Morrison Foerster report. Orrick’s 77-page response (and an additional 364 pages of exhibits) methodically debunks the report point-by-point, and asks Newsom to appoint a new special counsel consistent with his May 2021 Executive Order.

Morrison Foerster failed to conduct an independent innocence investigation and has produced a report “riddled with a steadfast commitment to ‘stick to the script’ the prosecution has been peddling for the last 40 years,” Orrick states.

Newsom’s order called for an investigation into Cooper’s 1985 death penalty conviction for a quadruple murder in San Bernardino County in 1983. The instructions were to “conduct a full review of the trial and appellate records in this case, and of the facts underlying the conviction, including facts and evidence that do not appear in the trial and appellate records. The firm’s review shall include an evaluation of all available evidence, including the recently conducted DNA tests.”

But Morrison Foerster didn’t do what was asked. Instead, its report was shockingly and openly biased toward the San Bernardino County District Attorney and Sheriff’s office. The law firm relied on “expert” witnesses who weren’t experts, dismissed legitimate questions about evidence that had been destroyed, gone missing, and showed signs of tampering. It ignored documented Brady violations, and the pervasive racism surrounding the case, and failed to interview relevant witnesses.

Orrick’s report states that “Special Counsel’s Report is filled with confirmation bias, incompetent analyses, and conclusory statements that are unsupported by any reasoned analysis. Incompetently, Special Counsel did not seek to uncover significant issues bearing on Mr. Cooper’s innocence, including an improper police investigation, prosecutorial misconduct, and ineffective assistance of counsel.”

The rebuttal refers to a similar recent investigation of the Richard Glossip case in Oklahoma, another man sentenced to death despite similar credible evidence of innocence. That pro bono investigation, conducted by the law firm Reed Smith, involved 30 lawyers, three investigators, and two paralegals devoting more than 3,000 hours to interviewing jurors, experts, and witnesses, including civilians and members of law enforcement. The result was five reports that concluded that Glossip’s trial could not “provide the basis for the government” to take his life.

“This serious and comprehensive review. . . stands in conspicuous contrast” to Morrison Foerster’s report “that is devoid of even identifying what process Special Counsel followed. . . and perhaps most importantly, what witnesses he interviewed and what documents he reviewed,” Orrick stated.

“When Mr. Cooper was tried almost 40 years ago, law enforcement failed to pursue the multiple, concrete leads on all possible suspects in their investigation of the Ryen/Hughes crimes and instead utilized all their resources to pin the guilt on a man who is innocent. Special Counsel tragically repeated this senseless and grave error,” Orrick said.

As a result, Cooper is now asking Newsom to “select new unbiased and fully vetted special counsel to conduct such an investigation and ensure that such counsel has the requisite experience to conduct that investigation with professional, experienced, and qualified investigators.”

You can read Orrick’s full report here.

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Survival at Stake: How Our Treatment of Animals Is Key to Human Existence by PETA U.K. Senior Vice President of International Affairs Poorva Joshipura is available to order—and the reviews are in:

Survival at Stake may be the most fascinating and troubling book you will ever read. Tracing the path that brought us HIV, COVID-19, and other killers, it shows exactly how to protect against future threats. More than a wake-up call, it is an alarm bell for environmental and health risks, along with a well-mapped escape route. The real gift of this book is its optimism. It shows how the steps that protect our health and those that protect our planet and the animals with whom we share it are one and the same.”

Dr. Neal D. Barnard, president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, D.C.

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“There is absolutely no doubt that a vast array of diverse nonhuman animals (animals) are sentient and have rich and deep emotional lives. The important question is not if animals are emotional beings, but why emotions have evolved and why it is essential to pay careful attention to these well-established scientific facts in all of our interactions with them. We also know that caring for nonhumans spills over into caring for humans, and Poorva Joshipura’s wise words show that when we treat other animals with respect, dignity and compassion, it’s a win-win for all. Survival at Stake is a must-read for a global audience, and animals around the world will thank us for doing so.

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Colorado–Boulder, and author of The Animals’ Agenda

So don’t wait another moment—order your copy today! Order Here

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Just How Deadly Are These Racehorse Auctions? See What PETA Caught on Video

PETA’s latest investigation goes “behind the screens” of the killing of juvenile horses at auctions, where the animals are whipped and driven to run as fast as they can possibly go—sometimes to their deaths. URGE AUCTION COMPANIES TO SPARE HORSES

 

 

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Blind Cat Dies and Four Kittens Escape From EGYPTAIR Crates

PETA is alerting federal officials and calling for an investigation after an airline shipped more than three dozen cats and kittens overseas, several in broken crates held together with duct tape. HELP ANIMALS BEING SHIPPED LIKE CARGO

 

 

 

Bobo and Burt have apparently been defanged (i.e., mutilated) to sell photo op tickets by the greedy Banana Derby. In addition to being treated like props, these two middle-aged capuchin monkeys are tied by their necks to the backs of running dogs. Shockingly—and despite the inherent cruelty—the Columbia County Fall Fair in Georgia is still planning to host this heinous event.

In addition, the North Georgia Fair is hosting a callous show in which tigers are exploited by Felicia Frisco, who last year greedily forced tigers to endure the distress of traveling thousands of miles for six straight months. Urge These Georgia Fairs to Stop Hosting the Suffering of Wild Animals!

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Without a doubt, there are no good laboratories for the animals imprisoned in them. Learn which university facilities are mutilating owls, sewing baby monkeys’ eyes shut, cutting into pigs, and more—then take action to help shut down this senseless cruelty.

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1. Harvard University

Newborn baby monkeys at Harvard University are torn from their loving mothers’ arms. Some of these infants have their eyes sewn shut, while others are raised by experimenters wearing welding masks. In both cases, the terrified animals don’t see any human or monkey faces for an entire year, damaging their development. This is the work of Harvard experimenter Margaret Livingstone, who conducts these depraved sensory-deprivation experiments to tell us what we already know: Being confined to total darkness is damaging.

A person bottle feeds a baby monkey. Their face is hidden by a black mask

In cruel experiments that have no relevance to human health, baby monkeys in Livingstone’s laboratory are torn away from their mothers and raised in emotionally impoverished conditions, without the possibility of seeing any faces—human or monkey—for a full year.


2. Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is hooked on animal abuse, and it’s time for a serious intervention. University experimenters have given prairie voles the equivalent of 15 bottles of wine a day, and they’ve subjected monkeys to a plethora of abuse within the school’s primate research center. If that weren’t enough, PETA recently discovered that university doctors-in-training mutilate live pigs by using them as human stand-ins during obstetrics and gynecology residency training. They cut into live female pigs, dissect their organs, perform invasive surgeries on them, and then kill any survivors. OHSU apparently isn’t aware that humans and pigs have very different anatomies.

Pig looking at viewer from a barren cage. There are multiple notches in their ears.


3. University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Tiny marmoset monkeys don’t experience menopause, yet experimenter Agnès Lacreuse at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst still zip-ties them into restraining devices, shoves them into plastic cylinders, and implants electrodes in their skulls in attempts to study age-related changes in human cognition. She removes the monkeys’ ovaries and uses hand warmers—yes, hard warmers—on these animals to mimic hot flashes. It’s no wonder that these experiments haven’t amounted to anything useful. The laboratory is only accomplished in doing two things without fail: killing delicate monkeys and racking up animal welfare violations.

Marmoset experiments at UMass


4. Louisiana State University

Birds “born” on the bayou may end up dead in a laboratory, thanks to Louisiana State University experimenter Christine Lattin. Fond of kidnapping and terrorizing wild birds, she conducts experiments that have included feeding crude oil to birds and starving sparrows. In her latest tests, she injects chemicals into sparrows’ heads to damage their brains. She then exposes them to various objects, such as cocktail umbrellas and pipe cleaners, to frighten them and record their reactions. After this torment, she kills them and chops up their brains.

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5. University of Wisconsin–Madison

Newborn baby monkeys were torn from the arms of their panic-stricken mothers. Frustrated monkeys mutilated themselves compulsively and plucked themselves bald. Stressed animals were forced to live together in small cages, resulting in fights and injuries. Babies were starved, and their limbs were broken. Animals were killed due to staff negligence. This is a snapshot of life before experimentation for the thousands of monkeys trapped within the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. If they survive these grisly conditions, they will then endure an array of painful procedures. As just one example, experimenters restrain monkeys and electroshock their penises until they ejaculate.

Baby monkeys Cora and Turnip at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center


6. University of Washington

Cut from the same soiled cloth, the Washington National Primate Research Center at the University of Washington (UW) is yet another ghastly monkey prison with a long history of animal welfare violations. Monkeys have been strangled to death, died of thirst, been mauled by other stressed monkeys, and choked to death on their vomit. To add insult to injury, the center also has a facility dedicated to experimenting on baby monkeys. UW’s other laboratories are also rife with issues, having let animals starve, suffocate, and slowly bake to death under a heat lamp.


7. Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University experimenter Shreesh Mysore cuts into the skulls of barn owls, screws metal devices onto their heads, inserts electrodes into their brains, forces them to look at screens for hours a day, and bombards them with noises and lights. In some experiments, he restrains fully conscious owls for up to 12 hours in cramped plastic tubes that prevent them from moving. In the end, he kills them. Since owls are nothing like humans, these abominable experiments do nothing to further the understanding of human disorders.

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This owl is one of many imprisoned in Shreesh Mysore’s laboratory, where he cuts into their skulls and screws metal devices onto their heads in curiosity-driven experiments that have no relevance for human health.


8. Utah State University

In a cruel Utah State University psychology course, rats are imprisoned inside barren metal boxes and blasted with random bursts of bright light while being trained to push a lever to receive food pellets. Although the course had previously used an effective and humane “online rat simulator,” the university made the backward decision to torment animals instead.


9. Simpson College

Simpson College in Iowa also imprisons rats inside tiny boxes. In a psychology course, students attempt to train them to push a lever to receive a drop of flavored water. After the course ends, the rats who don’t get adopted are killed.

“None of us really like talking about that too much,” Don Evans, Simpson’s chair of psychology, said publicly.

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Yeah, don’t worry, we’ll do that for you. We’ll keep talking about this until the university ditches this cruel curriculum and switches to effective, non-animal methods.


10. Lackeys bankrolled by the U.S. Navy: Duke University, University of California–San Diego, University of Maryland–Baltimore, and University of South Florida

The U.S. Navy pays these four universities to do its dirty work and conduct sickening decompression experiments on animals. In tests at the University of California–San Diego and Duke University, experimenters force rats and mice to run on a treadmill and electroshock them if they can’t keep up. Experimenters also lock them inside pressure chambers and induce seizures in baby mice. At the University of Maryland–Baltimore, experimenters lock mice in decompression chambers, probe their rectums, drill into their skulls, and inject chemicals into their brains and eyes. At the University of South Florida, experimenters cut open rats and run wires through their bodies, induce seizures in them, and drill into their skulls. In the end, experimenters at all four universities kill the animals—sometimes by bleeding or gassing them to death.

This doomed animal in a hyperbaric chamber is one of the countless rats who University of South Florida experimenter Jay Dean has used to supposedly study oxygen toxicity in humans, even though human-relevant, animal-free methods are widely available.

This doomed animal in a hyperbaric chamber is one of the countless rats who University of South Florida experimenter Jay Dean has used to supposedly study oxygen toxicity in humans, even though human-relevant, animal-free methods are widely available.


Looking to Do Even More?

PETA’s Research Modernization Deal is a comprehensive plan to phase out all animal experimentation in favor of modern, human-relevant methods. Please voice your support today.

 

NO JAIL DEATHS

Over the course of the past two years, the City of St. Louis has exhibited an alarming trend within its correctional facilities. Shockingly, at least 10 individuals, who were fathers, brothers, uncles, and sons to their loved ones, have passed away while being held in the jurisdiction’s jails. To make matters even worse, three of these men lost their lives in the last 90 days alone. This disheartening revelation serves as a stark reminder that jail facilities should never be facilities of punishment to the extent that individuals are losing their lives. Of the ten deceased individuals in question, it is important to note that they were not even convicted of the alleged crimes that landed them in incarceration in the first place. This grievous situation demands immediate attention and action to ensure that preventable deaths are not permitted to continue.

EJUSA, with other partners on the ground in St. Louis, is demanding accountability and transparency about what is happening inside St. Louis’ so-called “Justice Center.” Please join us!

The harsh reality is that incarceration is not the solution to our problems. We cannot forget that when we lock someone away in jail, we are effectively isolating them from the rest of society, and subjecting them to unbearable shame and trauma. This experience often makes it difficult for them to reintegrate back into the community, and often fuels the cycle of violence that leads them right back to where they started.

It’s important to recognize that instead of incarcerating individuals, we should be investing in programs that are dedicated to tackling the root causes of violence. By focusing on programs that empower communities and foster healing from past traumatic experiences, we can truly build safer societies.

As a society, we must come together to transform the current criminal legal system and put an end to mass incarceration. This begins by recognizing that we need to do what’s best for all members of our communities, and work towards providing them with the support they need to heal and thrive.

Demanding individuals don’t die while awaiting trial is the absolute bare minimum.

Please join us and others on the ground in St. Louis to demand that conditions inside city jail be improved, those in positions of authority are held accountable for these deaths, and that no more innocent people die awaiting trial.

We demand the following: 

1. Jail warden Jennifer Clemons-Abdullah must resign or be fired. 
2. The Detention Facilities Oversight Board must be given immediate and unfettered access to do its work. 
3. There must be a full transformation of the city’s jail policies and practices including ceasing the use of chemical spray, 23 hour lockdown, adequate and sanitary conditions in the jail. 
4. All information regarding jail conditions, practices, and policy changes must be shared transparently with the public. Anything less than these changes is unacceptable. 

Learn more about private prisons, the Innocence Project, and the criminal justice system.

It has recently come to light that the Ferrero North America brand Mother’s Cookies has displayed insensitivity towards the harm that animals face when they are exploited and subjected to cruel treatment in circuses. The packaging of these cookies depicts images of elephants, camels, and lions as “circus animals”, which unfortunately contributes to the harmful ideology of speciesism. This derogatory language conveys the message that using animals for human enjoyment is acceptable and perpetuates a cycle of cruelty. The depiction of animals in such a manner is offensive and can further desensitize people to the fact that animals have feelings and deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. This messaging runs counter to the belief of many people who recognize the importance of animal rights and strive to promote ethical practices.

The treatment of animals in circuses is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a deeply concerning issue, which sadly involves the horrendous and inhumane practices of separating babies from their mothers, confining them in cages or chaining them up. These animals are forced to endure a constant state of fear and anxiety, knowing that any moment they may be subjected to brutality and torture wielded by the cruel and often heartless hands of the circus trainers. Forced to perform acts that are unnatural to their species, such as balancing on balls, spinning on pedestals, walking on two legs, and even riding bicycles, these animals are robbed of their fundamental freedom to live their lives according to their own natural instincts. It is a travesty that Mother’s Cookies would turn a blind eye to this suffering, and it is high time that we as a society stand up for animal rights and give these creatures the respect, dignity, and care they deserve.

Just last year, Dukal Corporation stopped making bandages featuring images of animals in circuses, joining Nabisco, which redesigned its animal crackers box, and Trader Joe’s, which redesigned several packages to no longer feature images of elephants in circus settings or performing circus-style tricks. Hundreds of venues and dozens of communities nationwide have banned or restricted circuses with animals. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returned without using living, feeling beings, and UniverSoul Circus has ditched its cruel animal acts.

Please use the form to urge Ferrero North America to stop promoting animal circuses on its Mother’s Cookies packaging and to be truly animal-friendly by ditching the dairy and confectioner’s glaze—which comes from insects—in its products.

Just three and a half months ago, Texas named Will Speer as the first Inmate Coordinator for the Death Row Faith Based Program. Now, the State plans to execute him on October 26, 2023.

Will Speer is one of the original members of a voluntary, immersive evangelical Christian program for people incarcerated on Texas death row.

Through the program, Will has deeply studied the way of Christ and recommitted his life to Him. He has developed deep faith in God and grown to feel sincere remorse for the violent acts of his past. His newfound relationship with God and the tools he learned in the program have enabled him to heal from the trauma, neglect, and abuse he experienced as a child.

Will now ministers to others who are incarcerated, carrying a message of healing, redemption, and love to people in Texas’s prisons.

Despite all that Will overcame and the positive impact he is making in his historic new role as the first Coordinator for the Faith Based Program, the State plans to execute him in a little over a month. If allowed to live, Will wants to devote the rest of his days to serving as a prison minister.

The answer is that we aren’t against older people in government. We just want to make sure younger people are represented at a level that more closely reflects our population, too. Given the unique issues facing young people today, it’s pretty important that we have leaders who understand where we’re coming from!

Make sure to read more, and then please be a part of electing young leaders all over the country.

Since we launched Leaders We Deserve, there is one question that I keep getting asked. It’s a question I’ve been getting asked regularly since I started my activism with March For Our Lives, where we were an organization run by young people.

“If you want more young people in office — Why do you support Joe Biden?”

Leaders We Deserve is not about young people vs. old people — it’s always been about making sure Gen Z and Millennials have representation that reflects that we make up a third of the country’s population.

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Will Spear, National Park Foundation, Mt. Hope Auction in Ohio, SPCA Tampa Bay, Envigo’s Beagle-Breeding Facility, Petco, PetSmart, Chewy, & The Worst Roadside Zoo in America at Sustainable Action Now, Rescue TV & SAN TV!

Just three and a half months ago, Texas named Will Speer as the first Inmate Coordinator for the Death Row Faith Based Program. Now, the State plans to execute him on October 26, 2023.

Will Speer is one of the original members of a voluntary, immersive evangelical Christian program for people incarcerated on Texas death row.

Through the program, Will has deeply studied the way of Christ and recommitted his life to Him. He has developed deep faith in God and grown to feel sincere remorse for the violent acts of his past. His newfound relationship with God and the tools he learned in the program have enabled him to heal from the trauma, neglect, and abuse he experienced as a child.

Will now ministers to others who are incarcerated, carrying a message of healing, redemption, and love to people in Texas’s prisons.

Despite all that Will overcame and the positive impact he is making in his historic new role as the first Coordinator for the Faith Based Program, the State plans to execute him in a little over a month. If allowed to live, Will wants to devote the rest of his days to serving as a prison minister.

A Dead Ram, a Fox With a Fractured Leg, and Bone-Thin Antelope Without Wateranimals stacked in cages at auction

The Mt. Hope Auction in Ohio, which is “Mt. Horror” for wild animals, is nothing but cruelty on display. See for yourself what PETA Foundation eyewitnesses documented at a recent auction—and take action before more animals sustain injuries or die for this inhumane event. Click Here to help and Click Here for information about how to help with Animals and Wildlife!

Tell SPCA Tampa Bay to End Its Corrupt Puppy Mill Collaboration

dog in muddy kennel outsideHow could the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay—an organization that claims to protect animals—partner with a puppy mill broker and a pet shop? Dogs bred for the pet trade are often kept in constant deprivation and confinement and force-bred repeatedly, only to have their babies taken from them—often before they’re even weaned. This is cruelty! Click Here to help and Click Here for information about how to help with Animals and Wildlife!

Overweight Animals Swelter in the Heat at the ‘Worst Roadside Zoo in America’

bear in enclosure in the hot sunWe’ve seen the exploitation of baby bears who were torn from their mothers and animals showing signs of psychological distress at a dismal roadside zoo. Take a minute to help Lucie, Topaz, and other animals at a facility PETA has named the “Worst Roadside Zoo in America.” Click Here to help and Click Here for information about how to help with Animals and Wildlife!

Envigo’s beagle-breeding facility, Urge Petco, PetSmart, and Chewy to Stop Supporting Beagle Abuse

A groundbreaking PETA investigation blew the lid off neglect, intense confinement, suffering, and death at Envigo’s beagle-breeding facility, sparking a historical domino effect that paved the way for the closure of the dog prison. As a result, thousands of dogs were released from the facility and given the opportunity to have a loving home. Now, we’re working to save tens of thousands of other beagles who are being bred for use in cruel laboratory experiments. Marshall BioResources operates massive facilities that are among the world’s largest breeders of dogs, cats, ferrets, pigs, and other animals for sale to laboratories. The multinational conglomerate also owns Marshall Pet Products, which makes toys and other merchandise sold by Petco, PetSmart, and Chewy. Petco sells ferrets obtained from Marshall, too.

Marshall breeds beagles and other animals for sale to research labs around the world, where their gentle and trusting nature is exploited and they’re tormented. At Marshall, animals are confined to barren, windowless buildings. The company has been cited for housing dogs and ferrets inside filthy, decrepit wire cages in buildings teeming with mice and flies and for failing to provide animals with adequate veterinary care. A company representative callously stated, “We will breed anything a lab wants. If they want a dog with 3 legs or an abnormally large heart, we can do it.”

Most people see dogs as beloved family members, and many imagine that it must be illegal to experiment on and kill them. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and beagles have become the animal experimentation industry’s dog of choice because they’re of a convenient size and naturally docile. Even when they’re being abused, they don’t bite. Click Here to help and Click Here for information about how to help with Animals and Wildlife!

The National Park Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to ensuring that our country’s national parks are protected, enjoyed, and preserved for generations to come. The foundation works closely with the National Park Service to support initiatives that promote conservation, education, and recreation in our parks. It also strives to raise awareness about the importance of preserving these precious natural and cultural resources, as well as to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to visit and explore these incredible places. By partnering with individuals, businesses, and communities, the National Park Foundation is able to harness the power of philanthropy to protect and preserve America’s national parks both now and in the future. So whether you’re an avid adventurer, a history buff, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, the National Park Foundation is here to help you connect with and support our nation’s most treasured landscapes.

The answer is that we aren’t against older people in government. We just want to make sure younger people are represented at a level that more closely reflects our population, too. Given the unique issues facing young people today, it’s pretty important that we have leaders who understand where we’re coming from!

Make sure to read more, and then please be a part of electing young leaders all over the country.

Since we launched Leaders We Deserve, there is one question that I keep getting asked. It’s a question I’ve been getting asked regularly since I started my activism with March For Our Lives, where we were an organization run by young people.

“If you want more young people in office — Why do you support Joe Biden?”

Leaders We Deserve is not about young people vs. old people — it’s always been about making sure Gen Z and Millennials have representation that reflects that we make up a third of the country’s population.

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“The Torture of Solitary Confinement” w/ Mike Farrell, Will Speer on Death Row in Texas, National Park Foundation, Dog on Menu, Jim Irsay, Danai Gurira & If you want more young people in office — Why do you support Joe Biden at Sustainable Action Now!

The discussion will air on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at noon PT /3:00 p.m. ET, and is free of charge.

Death Penalty Focus is marking the 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty with a webinar featuring a conversation on “The Torture of Solitary Confinement” with DPF President Mike Farrell, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez, and Rachel Meeropol, who, as a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, represented those imprisoned in solitary confinement in California in their landmark lawsuit, Ashker v. Governor.

Death Penalty Focus is marking the 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty with a webinar featuring a conversation on “The Torture of Solitary Confinement” with DPF President Mike Farrell, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez, and Rachel Meeropol, who, as a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, represented those imprisoned in solitary confinement in California in their landmark lawsuit, Ashker v. Governor.

Just three and a half months ago, Texas named Will Speer as the first Inmate Coordinator for the Death Row Faith Based Program. Now, the State plans to execute him on October 26, 2023.

Will Speer is one of the original members of a voluntary, immersive evangelical Christian program for people incarcerated on Texas death row.

Through the program, Will has deeply studied the way of Christ and recommitted his life to Him. He has developed deep faith in God and grown to feel sincere remorse for the violent acts of his past. His newfound relationship with God and the tools he learned in the program have enabled him to heal from the trauma, neglect, and abuse he experienced as a child.

Will now ministers to others who are incarcerated, carrying a message of healing, redemption, and love to people in Texas’s prisons.

Despite all that Will overcame and the positive impact he is making in his historic new role as the first Coordinator for the Faith Based Program, the State plans to execute him in a little over a month. If allowed to live, Will wants to devote the rest of his days to serving as a prison minister.

The National Park Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to ensuring that our country’s national parks are protected, enjoyed, and preserved for generations to come. The foundation works closely with the National Park Service to support initiatives that promote conservation, education, and recreation in our parks. It also strives to raise awareness about the importance of preserving these precious natural and cultural resources, as well as to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to visit and explore these incredible places. By partnering with individuals, businesses, and communities, the National Park Foundation is able to harness the power of philanthropy to protect and preserve America’s national parks both now and in the future. So whether you’re an avid adventurer, a history buff, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, the National Park Foundation is here to help you connect with and support our nation’s most treasured landscapes.

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PETA Latino Put Barbecued ‘Dog’ on the Menu in Mexico

Disturbed by a canine carcass cookout? This demonstration will make you think twice before putting a cow, pig, or chicken on the grill.

If you wouldn’t barbecue a dog, why put a cow, pig, or chicken on the grill? That’s the question PETA Latino and Animal Heroes supporters—complete with chef hats and aprons—asked this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in three cities across Mexico.

BBQ Dog, Anyone?

The demonstrators served up some food for thought in Guadalajara, León, and Querétaro by “barbecuing” a lifelike “dog” and vegetables while other animal defenders handed out vegan starter kits and held signs reading, “End Speciesism—Go Vegan!”

Jim Irsay holding his dog

Beyond the Game: Jim Irsay Is a Trailblazer for Animals

PETA sat down with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay to learn about the motivations behind his compassionate decisions and his heartwarming connection with his beloved dog, Drake.

It’s not every day that someone pledges $20 million to help one individual, but to Jim Irsay, the life of Toki the orca—who had been kept in a small concrete tank for over 50 years—was priceless. A few months before Toki (also known as “Lolita”) passed away, the well-respected NFL team owner announced that he was funding and working to achieve her move to a seaside sanctuary in her home waters.

How Black Panther's Danai Gurira Became Our Most Interesting Action Star |  GQStar of Black Panther and The Walking Dead Goes on a Mission to Save Dogs

Warrior for animals Danai Gurira teamed up with PETA to warn people about the dangers dogs face when left in hot vehicles, even for just a few minutes. Do you know the five simple steps to help a dog in a hot car?

Danai Gurira, celebrated for her roles in The Walking Dead and Black Panther, has once again stepped into the spotlight, but this time it’s not to fend off zombies or fight for the survival of Wakanda. Instead, she has taken on the role of a real-life hero—with her sidekick, Papi—to remind citizens of every universe never to leave dogs in hot cars, no matter the reason or season.

Danai Gurir saving dog from hot car for PETA adHundreds of dogs die in parked cars every year because someone brought them along to run errands when they should have been left at home. Mild weather can be misleading—the temperature outside might be a lovely 78 degrees, but the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 degrees in minutes.

The answer is that we aren’t against older people in government. We just want to make sure younger people are represented at a level that more closely reflects our population, too. Given the unique issues facing young people today, it’s pretty important that we have leaders who understand where we’re coming from!

Make sure to read more, and then please be a part of electing young leaders all over the country.

Since we launched Leaders We Deserve, there is one question that I keep getting asked. It’s a question I’ve been getting asked regularly since I started my activism with March For Our Lives, where we were an organization run by young people.

“If you want more young people in office — Why do you support Joe Biden?”

Leaders We Deserve is not about young people vs. old people — it’s always been about making sure Gen Z and Millennials have representation that reflects that we make up a third of the country’s population.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signed the SB 300, the Heartbeat Protection Act, and in August, DeSantis Signed to have Michael Zack be the first Execution of Convicted Murderer on Death Row since 1997 (Lethal Injection happens at 6PM EST Today)!

Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has signed into law the Heartbeat Protection Act, which is aimed at protecting the sanctity of human life and is also known as SB 300. However, people are questioning the Governor’s commitment to life due to his recent action in August. Governor DeSantis signed a death warrant for a death row inmate, which will be the first execution carried out in the state since 1997. This leads to some to question with regard to the Governor’s stance on human life and whether or not his decision to sign the Heartbeat Protection Act was simply a political move rather than a genuine concern for life. In light of these other events that will kill a human, it is critical to consider the Governor’s actions and how they contradict anything with regard to his stance on human life.

Death Penalty Focus is marking the 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty with a webinar featuring a conversation on “The Torture of Solitary Confinement” with DPF President Mike Farrell, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez, and Rachel Meeropol, who, as a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, represented those imprisoned in solitary confinement in California in their landmark lawsuit, Ashker v. Governor.

We’re asking for your help again because Florida has scheduled its sixth execution this year. Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a death warrant for Michael Zack and scheduled an execution date of Tuesday, October 3, at 6 p.m.

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It brings us immense pleasure to share the groundbreaking news that one of the most significant bills of today’s time has officially been given the green light. Proposed by Maxwell Frost, this piece of legislation has gained immense support and momentum from Leaders We Deserve, young activists, organizers, and leaders across our movement. This landmark decision will come to fruition via the Biden Executive Action, marking a pivotal moment not just for our organization but for the entire nation.

UniverSoul Circus has set a commendable example for other circuses to follow by taking this bold step. The decision to end animal acts represents a momentous step towards a fairer and more just society, where animal entertainment doesn’t come at the cost of innocent creatures’ well-being.

As a result of this decision, UniverSoul Circus can now concentrate on promoting human talent, creativity and entertainment without compromising the welfare of its animals. Additionally, this decision marks an important move towards preserving our planet’s biodiversity by ensuring the well-being of animals, which play a crucial role in our ecosystem. This is a positive development for animal lovers, as it brings hope that other companies will follow in the footsteps of UniverSoul Circus.

An undergraduate psychology course at Utah State University (USU) requires students to torment live rats in a psychology experiment, forcing the animals to endure cruel training involving pushing a lever in order to obtain food while being blasted with disorienting lights.

As an individual who values ethical treatment of animals and the importance of academic research, it is concerning to hear that an undergraduate psychology course at Utah State University (USU) involves the tormenting of live rats in a psychological experiment. Animal welfare is an issue that has been increasingly emphasized in recent years, as awareness spreads regarding humane treatment of all living creatures. While psychology research is valuable in advancing our understanding of behavior, it is important to question the methods used and ensure that the well-being of animals is not compromised. It would be encouraging to learn more about the details of this experiment, whether ethical guidelines were followed and how the results can contribute to psychological knowledge. Ultimately, we must balance the pursuit of academic research with compassion for all living beings.

Landlords are failing to offer humane rodent control methods to students at Baylor University in Texas after complaints regarding mice and rats at an off-campus apartment complex, so PETA is stepping in to help.

Glue Traps Are Death Traps! PETA Offers 8 Humane ‘Rodent Control’ Tips Instead

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Sustainable Action Now, Utah State University (USU), Baylor University in Texas, National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring 35 Latino and Latina Celebrities brought to by PETA & UniverSoul Circus Is Finally Animal-Free!

As someone who upholds strong moral and ethical values regarding the humane treatment of animals and recognizes the outstanding significance of academic research, it is vastly concerning to have been made aware of an undergraduate psychology course conducted at Utah State University (USU) that reportedly involves subjecting live rats to cruel and inhumane experimentation.

Given the immensely distressing and agonizing circumstances revolving around this alleged practice, it raises enormous concerns and deeply troubling questions about the extent to which animal cruelty is being permitted in the name of scientific research. Particularly when it involves deliberately harming and inflicting emotional and physical pain on living beings, such practices not only contradict the values and principles embedded in modern society, but also blatantly disregard the welfare and dignity of innocent creatures.

As a result, it is essential that, as a community, we continue to voice our concerns about such practices, and advocate for more responsible and ethical measures that prioritize the safety and humane treatment of all animals alongside furthering scientific progress.

Baylor University, a renowned educational institution located in Texas, is presently making use of glue traps at their off-campus housing facilities. This practice has raised concerns from various stakeholders who are advocating for the humane treatment of animals. It is worth noting that glue traps are notorious for causing immense suffering to animals that get caught in it. The inhumane nature of this approach is not only cruel but also ineffective in the long run. Considering that there are numerous humane ways of managing pest infestations, such as utilizing live traps or exclusion methods, it is important for Baylor University to halt its use of glue traps and explore more ethical and effective methods of pest control. We, therefore, call on the University to review its pest management policies and take action towards embracing more humane practices that prioritize the welfare of all animals.

Next, PETA, short for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is proud to present the National Hispanic Heritage Month, an incredibly inspiring celebration showcasing over 35 prominent Latino and Latina figures. Throughout this impressive and exciting event, we will be highlighting the rich culture, traditions, and contributions of our diverse Hispanic community, as well as bringing attention to important topics such as animal welfare and cruelty-free living. From accomplished musicians, actors, athletes, and activists to chefs, writers, entrepreneurs, and beyond, our lineup represents a wide array of talents and backgrounds, all of whom share PETA’s commitment to creating a kinder world for all species. We invite you to join us in this momentous occasion as we honor the amazing achievements of our Hispanic icons and strive towards a brighter future for animals and the planet.

And last, UniverSoul Circus, a renowned traveling circus, has recently made an important and significant decision to become animal-free. After numerous discussions and consultation with animal welfare organizations, the circus has taken a firm stance in support of animal rights and ethical treatment of all living beings. By eliminating animal acts from their shows, the circus is setting an example for other entertainment industries to follow, and is paving the way towards a more compassionate and humane world. In addition to this, the removal of animal acts will allow the circus to focus on other exciting and awe-inspiring performances, showcasing the talents of human performers from diverse backgrounds. This move signifies a positive stride towards promoting a more sustainable and responsible future, where entertainment options are not at the cost of animal exploitation and abuse.

It brings me great pleasure to inform you of a groundbreaking decision made by UniverSoul Circus. The circus has finally decided to end its animal acts, marking a significant shift in attitudes towards animal welfare. This is fantastic news for animal rights activists, as it signifies a growing awareness of the suffering of animals in entertainment industries.

UniverSoul Circus has set a commendable example for other circuses to follow by taking this bold step. The decision to end animal acts represents a momentous step towards a fairer and more just society, where animal entertainment doesn’t come at the cost of innocent creatures’ well-being.

As a result of this decision, UniverSoul Circus can now concentrate on promoting human talent, creativity and entertainment without compromising the welfare of its animals. Additionally, this decision marks an important move towards preserving our planet’s biodiversity by ensuring the well-being of animals, which play a crucial role in our ecosystem. This is a positive development for animal lovers, as it brings hope that other companies will follow in the footsteps of UniverSoul Circus.

An undergraduate psychology course at Utah State University (USU) requires students to torment live rats in a psychology experiment, forcing the animals to endure cruel training involving pushing a lever in order to obtain food while being blasted with disorienting lights.

As an individual who values ethical treatment of animals and the importance of academic research, it is concerning to hear that an undergraduate psychology course at Utah State University (USU) involves the tormenting of live rats in a psychological experiment. Animal welfare is an issue that has been increasingly emphasized in recent years, as awareness spreads regarding humane treatment of all living creatures. While psychology research is valuable in advancing our understanding of behavior, it is important to question the methods used and ensure that the well-being of animals is not compromised. It would be encouraging to learn more about the details of this experiment, whether ethical guidelines were followed and how the results can contribute to psychological knowledge. Ultimately, we must balance the pursuit of academic research with compassion for all living beings.

Landlords are failing to offer humane rodent control methods to students at Baylor University in Texas after complaints regarding mice and rats at an off-campus apartment complex, so PETA is stepping in to help.

Glue Traps Are Death Traps! PETA Offers 8 Humane ‘Rodent Control’ Tips Instead

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a highly significant and celebratory time in the United States that runs from the 15th of September to the 15th of October. During this time, we honor and pay tribute to the many important, powerful, and life-changing contributions that Latino and Latina individuals have made to society. In light of this auspicious time, PETA, an organization that advocates for the ethical treatment of animals, is proud to recognize and pay homage to the many Latinos and Latinas who are working tirelessly to break down the barriers of speciesism and pave the way for a better future for all creatures. We are excited to name these incredible celebrities and give them the recognition they rightly deserve for their efforts to create a kinder, more compassionate, and more just world for animals everywhere. Their inspiring work is having a profound impact on the world, and we are honored to be able to acknowledge their achievements.

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1. Aislinn Derbez

This meat-shunning actor—known for starring in EasyLa Casa de las Flores, and De Viaje con los Derbez—was featured in a striking PETA Latino ad encouraging guardians to spay or neuter their animal companions. The campaign artwork, which she personally unveiled at a PETA Latino event at the famous Olvera Street in Los Angeles, featured a stunning pair of wings painted by Derbez herself!

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2. Alicia Machado

Venezuelan model Alicia Machado rose to stardom as Miss Universe 1996. Now based in Miami, she has since honed her advocacy for animals by partnering with PETA and PETA Latino to appear in a body-positive “naked” ad proclaiming herself “proud to be me and fur-free.”

But that’s not all. Machado has also starred in a campaign calling on her fans to have their animal companions spayed or neutered and had passionately advocated for the transfer of the long-suffering orca Lolita to a seaside sanctuary.

In 2023, plans for Lolita’s move were finally announced, but they came too late—she died before experiencing a moment of freedom.

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3. Alisun

Mexican American singer Alisun encouraged people to change their tune by going vegan for Earth Day to benefit animals—including humans—the planet, and their own health.

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4. Ana Bárbara

Award-winning singer and actor Ana Bárbara joined PETA Latino for a powerful video in which she experiences firsthand what dogs go through when they’re left in hot cars.

5. Ana María Polo

Straight-talking TV judge Ana María Polo throws the book at animal abusers by making sure everyone knows that it’s never OK to force cats or dogs to live outside in all weather extremes. She had also called on the Miami Seaquarium to release Lolita from a life sentence in the smallest orca tank in the world before the orca’s tragic death.

6. Camila Cabello

Singer-songwriter Camila Cabello is a role model to millions of fans around the world. She used her platform as a former member of the band Fifth Harmony to advocate for animals, once starring in a PETA video asking folks to adopt animal companions and have them spayed or neutered.

7. Bella Thorne

This Cuban American singer and actor threw some serious shade on SeaWorld in a stunning PETA ad. Check it out:

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8. Carla Morrison  

Latin Grammy Award winner Carla Morrison and her beloved animal companions, Tino and Chawiwi, joined PETA to remind people to celebrate with music, not explosions.

 

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9. Chris Pérez

This guitar player from San Antonio is known as a former member of the band Selena y Los Dinos. He stands up for dogs and encourages his fans to adopt animals, not buy them.

10. Clarissa Molina

Univision TV host Clarissa Molina has joined PETA Latino to remind guardians of the importance of having an emergency plan in place to keep their entire family—including animals—safe during natural disasters.

11. Constance Marie

Actor Constance Marie—star of George Lopez and Switched at Birth—decided to ditch meat in the ’90s, after an eye-opening experience while shooting the movie Selena had her holding a chicken for long periods of time on set. She realized that chickens are sensitive animals with their own interests and a strong will to live and could no longer justify eating them.

She has also advocated for orcas trapped at SeaWorld and asked her fans to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

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12. Daniel Suárez

Daniel Suárez is the first Mexican-born professional driver to win a national NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship. He’s also dedicated to helping animals. He races to the rescue of dogs in hot cars and gently releases mice visitors outdoors.

13. Daniella Monet

These days, former Nickelodeon star Daniella Monet is an influencer and a vegan mama of two. She encourages kids to say no to dissection at school and to keep fish and other animals off their plates.

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14. Edward James Olmos

This Chicano icon is a Hollywood legend and a native of East Los Angeles who’s also vegan! He calls on his fans to treat their animal companions like members of the family and keep them safe from fireworks. Additionally, he has lent his voice to the coyote in our Council of Animals display in Washington, D.C., to spread the message that if our fellow animals could be understood by humans, we’d hear them begging us to stop harming, exploiting, and slaughtering them. He recently received a PETA Humanitarian Award for using his celebrity platform to promote compassion for all species.

15-16. Emilio Rivera and Theo Rossi 

These stars of the television shows Sons of Anarchy and Mayans M.C. prove that real strength comes from protecting animals and never chaining them. They’re showing the world that being tough doesn’t mean being heartless and that the greatest strength of all is the power to love and care for all sentient beings.

Theo Rossi and Emilio Rivera pose in front of a gate with Jenni, a black and white dog, at their feet. There is a broken chain at her paws. Rivera holds a pair of metal cutters in one hand, and the remainder of the chain in the other.Photo: © Peter Yang

17. George Lopez

George Lopez is a well-known comedian and actor from Los Angeles. This Dodgers fan is also a big fan of adopted dogs! That’s why he’s called on his fellow Angelenos to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

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18-19. Jesse & Joy Huerta

Mexican American singer-songwriter duo Jesse & Joy are wonderful friends of PETA (and played at our 2020 40th anniversary virtual celebration) as well as reliable champions for animals. They have starred in multiple PETA Latino campaigns calling on fans to adopt animals and have them spayed or neutered, keep animal companions safe during natural disasters, and ditch fur.

20. Juan Pablo Di Pace

This Argentine actor and LGBTQIA+ heartthrob won the 2019 PETA Libby Award Brightest On-Screen Star for Animals. He once played Jesus and is, thankfully, also a savior for other species—he has called on his Fuller House fans to stay away from circuses that exploit animals.

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21. Julio Torres

Julio Torres is a comedian, an actor, and an activist who hilariously incorporates his experiences as a vegan into his standup routines. The Salvadoran comic was featured as one of PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan celebs of 2021.

22. Kate Del Castillo

Kate Del Castillo, the star of La Reina del SurIngobernable, and The 33, is a member of PETA’s honorary board of directors. The actor and activist has taken part in many PETA and PETA Latino campaigns, including these.

23. Lucía Méndez

Lucía Méndez is a soap opera star, a top model, a singer, and an angel for animals. She and her dog, Aura, starred in a beautiful ad to remind people that animal companions are members of the family.

24. Marco Antonio Regil

Marco Antonio Regil is a Mexican American TV host known as the face of popular game shows, including 100 Latinos Dijeron and Minuto Para Ganar.

Regil is vegan and the very first celebrity supporter of PETA Latino. He even helped us conceptualize, develop, and launch the program in its earliest days—just one of many reasons he was the recipient of PETA’s 2015 Humanitarian Award. He has starred in multiple videos calling on his fans to go vegan and also helped PETA garner media attention at a spay-a-thon event in Cancún, Mexico.

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25. María Celeste Arrarás

In addition to hosting a show on CNN en Español, Maria Celeste Arrarás is a longtime staunch supporter of PETA and PETA Latino. She has spoken out against bullfights and circuses that exploit animals and was the winner of PETA’s 2001 Humanitarian Award.

 

 

26. Nicholas Gonzalez

This Texas-born Mexican American actor shares his home with two adorable adopted dogs. He is anti-fur and joined with PETA to encourage people to treat their dogs like their best friends.

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27. Oriana

Argentine singer, model, and actress Oriana’s beautiful ad reminds people that we are all animals and deserve the same consideration, regardless of what some humans think.

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28. Patricia De León

Actor, reality star, and Miss Panama 1995 Patricia De León helped launch PETA Latino and has starred in campaigns urging fans to go vegboycott bullfights, and be kind to animals. She even has her own line of cruelty-free lipstick.

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29. Paulina Rubio

Legendary Mexican singer Paulina Rubio has a history of defending animals, asking her fans never to leave dogs in hot cars or give animals as holiday gifts.

30. Carmen Carrera

Model and actor Carmen Carrera is known for fearlessly using her platform to raise awareness of transgender and LGBTQIA+ issues. And making a bold statement of another sort, she bared all to draw attention to the suffering endured by animals who are caged and killed for their fur—and to encourage her followers to transform their wardrobes by going fur-free.

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31. Roselyn Sánchez

Roselyn Sánchez was the first Latina celeb to take part in PETA’s iconic “rather go naked than wear fur” campaign.

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32. Sie7e

Based in Puerto Rico, vegan singer-songwriter Sie7e is all about good vibes for humans and other animals.

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33. Sofía Sisniega

This Mexican American actor who stars in the hit shows Club de CuervosLa Casa de las Flores, and Aquí en la Tierra is 100% committed to ending animal exploitation. Sisniega has also starred in multiple PETA campaigns, including ads asking consumers to use cruelty-free makeup and personal-care products, calling on people to go vegan, and asking fans not to wear wool.

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In addition, she’s led several PETA Latino protests in Mexico City, such as one asking Forever 21 to drop wool and another giving away vegan holiday roasts for Nochebuena.

34. Stephanie Sigman

Bond girl and star of Narcos and S.W.A.T. Stephanie Sigman is an angel for animals who promotes responsible dog adoption.

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35. William Valdés

Cuban actor, singer, and television host William Valdés joined PETA Latino to share the naked truth behind the fur industry and spread the word that compassion is always in fashion.


Honor the Contributions of Latinos and Latinas This National Hispanic Heritage Month and All Year Round

When it comes to the huge contributions of the Latine community to the animal rights movement, this post only scratches the surface! If you learned something new about one of your favorite stars, be sure to share this page with your friends, family members, and social media followers. Encourage them to discover all the ways they can speak up for animals any day of the year.

 

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