PETA billboard ‘memorializes’ dead hens

  • By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski, West Valley View Executive Editor
  • 14 hrs ago
PETA’s billboard is at MC 85 between South 223rd and South 221st avenues. Photo by Janelle Hines

PETA erected a billboard near the main office of Hickman’s Family Farms “in memory” of the more than 165,000 birds who were killed in March in a fire at a facility owned by the company.

The billboard, at MC 85 between South 223rd and South 221st avenues, urges anyone upset by the animals’ suffering to take personal responsibility by no longer buying eggs and by going vegan.

“We’re encouraging people who were feeling sympathetic to those birds to take a look at their own actions that are also making those birds suffer on a daily basis,” said Amber Canavan, PETA senior campaigner spokesperson. 

Canavan said PETA watches out for incidents in the news involving animals on farms. 

“That goes for fires and transport trucks,” Canavan explained. “Transport trucks have fairly high incidents of crashes on the way to slaughterhouses, from facility to facility.

“There are least 100 a year. Many are not even reported or make it into the news. Those animals are crammed onto transport trucks, shoulder to shoulder, in there for days without food, water or rest.”

She said the public rarely thinks about animals locked behind closed doors, “out of sight, out of mind.” 

“We want to make sure that they don’t just say, ‘Oh, that’s sad and go on about their day.’ We have the power to help them in many cases by not buying meat, dairy and eggs in the first place.”

PETA’s statement said hens used for egg production are confined to cramped barns, where each bird has no more than a square foot of space. Few farms install smoke detectors or fire-suppression systems. 

PETA notes that going vegan spares animals immense suffering and helps prevent future epidemics and pandemics. SARS, swine flu, bird flu and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.

PETA Billboard to Honor Cows Killed in Truck Crash


For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Green Bay, Wis. – In honor of the 12 cows who were killed when a truck reportedly carrying them to a JBS slaughterhouse overturned at the roundabout of N. Packerland Drive and Highway 29 on Monday, PETA plans to place a billboard near the crash site proclaiming, “See the Individual. Go Vegan.” Some of the 12 died instantly, while others had to be shot dead on the scene after being severely injured.

“Twelve gentle cows died in terror and agony as a result of this crash, and the traumatized survivors were likely hauled off for their throats to be slit and their bodies carved up for food,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s ad encourages anyone disturbed by the thought of animals suffering on the side of the road or under the slaughterhouse knife to go vegan.”

Cows in the meat industry are often confined to cramped, filthy feedlots without protection from the elements. At the slaughterhouse, workers shoot them in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hang them up by one leg, and cut their throat—often while they’re still conscious.

Update: Sik Gaek Restaurant Removes Live Animals From Menu


Updated March 26, 2021:
Thank you to everyone who contacted Sik Gaek restaurant in Queens, New York, to ask it to stop serving live octopuses and lobsters. Before disabling its Facebook page, the restaurant posted, “Sikgaek is no longer available for live octopus. We decided not to serve octopus and lobster alive.” We hope this is the truth and that this abject cruelty won’t simply be available “off menu.” Rest assured, we’ll be watching, and we hope you will, too.

Original post:

The intelligence of octopuses is well known, but did you know that they have been observed decorating their homes with pretty bits of glass, shells, and bottle tops? They’ve also been seen using tools and playing games! Octopuses have extremely sensitive skin for both touch sensation and chemical recognition. Their suckers are the equivalent of a tongue or fingertip, and the linings are regularly shed to maintain sensitivity to touch and taste. These brilliant beings are like us in so many ways that for most people, the thought of eating one alive is unimaginable.

However, Sik Gaek in Queens, New York, has for years insisted on serving octopuses and lobsters—another complex, misunderstood species also known to have the ability to experience great pain—still squirming on dinner plates, to those customers who find slowly hacking apart living, suffering animals to be appetizing. The restaurant even brags about this horrific practice on its website.

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‘Meat Shame’ Protest Planned for QFC


PETA Will Praise Shoppers Who Save Animals and Protect Slaughterhouse Workers by Buying Vegan Foods

For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Seattle – Slaughterhouse Shame Month continues on Thursday with a PETA protest outside QFC, where the group’s supporters will stand with paper bags over their heads that read, “Meat Shame,” and shirts that say, “I Bought Meat and a Slaughterhouse Worker Died From COVID-19” or “I Bought Meat and an Animal Was Killed for It.”

When:    Thursday, July 16, 12 noon

Where:    QFC, 1401 Broadway, Seattle

Other PETA supporters will offer shoppers a choice of two bags: a nice tote sporting the words “I Care About Animals and Workers. I Buy Vegan Foods” or a paper bag that states, “I Don’t Care About Animals or Workers. I Buy Meat.” The group notes that confining and killing animals for food has been linked to SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19—and a new strain of swine flu with “pandemic potential” is now spreading from pigs to humans in China.

“Anyone who is still supporting slaughterhouses, where animals’ throats are slit and more than 35,000 workers have tested positive for COVID-19, should be ashamed,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is urging everyone to practice compassion by choosing only delicious, healthy, and versatile vegan foods that never caused a pandemic.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

PETA Hits Major Papers With ‘America: It’s Time to Move Away From Meat’ Ad Blitz

As COVID-19 Spreads, Full-Page Ads Appeal to Consumers: ‘Eat as if Everyone’s Life Depends on It, Because It Does’

For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Swine flu, bird flu, SARS, and now COVID-19 have all been linked to confining animals for consumption—but that point is often missed in conversations about preventing future pandemics. To put animals on the table, in the right way, PETA has hit The Washington Post, the Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesThe Boston Globe, and other major dailies with full-page ads that urge people to think about the filth and cruelty inside factory farms and slaughterhouses—and consider being part of the solution by going vegan. Copies of the ads are available here.

“No one needs meat,” the ads underscore. “Eat as if everyone’s life depends on it, because it does.

“From swine flu to SARS to COVID-19, it’s as clear as the gloved hand in front of your masked face that eating animals is killing us,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s ads directly tell the public that it’s about more than social distancing and hand sanitizer—it’s about what, or who, we’re putting on our plates.”

The Hill, the Washington Examiner, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and The Seattle Times also ran PETA’s ads, and others are pending approval. The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune rejected a version that ran in the Los Angeles Times. Other papers that rejected PETA’s ads include the Toronto Star, the National Review, and the New York Post.

To help everyone go vegan, PETA is offering free vegan starter kits, its one-on-one Vegan Mentor Program, and a list of vegan-friendly restaurant chains, many of which are still offering takeout during the pandemic, among other resources.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

‘Enough Is Enough’ Pro-Vegan Puzzle Is on Its Way to Bill Gates

Amid Efforts to Curb and Cure COVID-19, PETA Gift Aims to Help Philanthropic Puzzle Enthusiast Piece Together How Vital It Is to End Meat Consumption

For Immediate Release:
April 6, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Seattle – Bill Gates is helping to lead the fight against COVID-19, so PETA is sending the known puzzle aficionado a special gift: a customized jigsaw puzzle that spells out the link between deadly pandemics and killing animals for food—as well as a note urging him to address the source of the plague and encourage everyone to go vegan.

“Preventing the next pandemic means shutting down filthy live-animal markets, slaughterhouses, and factory farms, where pathogens that cross the species barrier thrive,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Social distancing is good, but PETA is urging Bill Gates to help combat this threat at the source by advocating for a vegan world.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 75% of recent infectious diseases affecting humans began in animals.

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PETA’s letter to Gates follows.

April 6, 2020

Bill Gates

Co-Chair and Trustee

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dear Mr. Gates,

I’m writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), including our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide, in response to your call for a nationwide shutdown to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as well as to news reports that you are funding a vaccine. We applaud your efforts to help combat this global pandemic. Also, knowing that you enjoy puzzles, we’ll be sending you one with an important reminder: From swine flu and Ebola to bird flu and coronaviruses, the public health risks associated with the consumption of animals are growing.

While social distancing, sheltering in place, and racing to find a vaccine are all important factors in containing COVID-19, it is urgent to address the source of the problem. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 75% of recently emerged infectious diseases in humans began in animals. SARS, which originated in bats, claimed 774 lives. Swine flu, or H1N1—which originated in pigs—killed as many as 575,400 people. And the COVID-19 death toll has already surpassed 70,000.

Zoonotic diseases aren’t limited to a single country or to wet markets—wherever animals are bred, intensively confined in their own filth, and slaughtered, humans risk creating another pandemic. In a paper published in 2018, Belgian spatial epidemiologist Marius Gilbert found that more “conversion events” for bird flu—in which a not very pathogenic strain of the virus becomes more dangerous—had occurred in the U.S., Europe, and Australia than in China, where it originated.

Now, while the world is battling the current pandemic—which originated in a wet market—it’s clear that what our puzzle points out is true: Enough is enough.

As the world faces unprecedented losses of many kinds because of COVID-19, how to make our planet a kinder, greener, healthier place is a puzzle that’s easily solved. We hope you will focus on the big picture: The fetish for flesh is killing us, and a vegan world must become the new normal. We encourage you to call for this change. Thank you for your consideration.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk



What an interesting web we weave.  For decades now PETA and environmentalists have looked down on hunters and have called them every name you can think of except wanted and needed.

Well that could all change, MSN is reporting that there is a decline in the number of hunters in our nation and the consequences could hurt their causes.

According to  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data hunting license sales have fallen from a peak of about 17 million in the early ’80s to 15 million last year.  In fact, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agency their 2016 survey pointed to an even deeper decline of 11.5 million Americans who say they hunt, down more than 2 million licensees from five years earlier.

“The downward trends are clear”

So what are PETA and the environmentalist concerned about since they are achieving their stated goals?  Well, the decline in hunting licenses means a decline in cash and now that is resulting in some pretty large financial shortfalls in many state wildlife agencies.

I remember reporting on the state of California forcing people to conserve water.  That worked so well they saw a precipitous decline in cash coming into their waterworks departments so they had to increase their rates greatly.

The article stated the following:

In Wisconsin, a $4 million to $6 million annual deficit forced the state’s Department of Natural Resources to reduce warden patrols and invasive species control.

Michigan’s legislature had to dig into general-tax coffers to save some of the state’s wildlife projects, while other key programs, such as protecting bees and other pollinating creatures, remain “woefully underfunded,” according to Edward Golder, a spokesman for the state’s natural resources department.

Some states, including Missouri, are redirecting sales tax revenue to conservation.

Here in Pennsylvania — where the game commission gets more than 50 percent of its revenue from licenses, permits and taxes — the agency had to cancel construction projects, delay vehicle purchases and leave dozens of positions vacant, according to a 2016 report, even as it tackled West Nile virus and tried to protect rare creatures such as the wood rat.

So now what are people are calling for, well I told you what happened in California when it came to their water rates.  Now a national panel has called for a new funding model to keep at-risk species from needing far costlier emergency measures.

Interesting what happens when people get what they want and have strived for decades to achieve.  Apparently they never really look fully at the consequences of their actions, kind of like teenagers if I remember those years of being one and raising them.

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Justin Bieber’s $35k part-exotic kittens are not a hit with PETA

Justin Bieber defends his $35k cats against PETA scrutiny 01:20
(CNN)Justin Bieber and PETA are engaged in a cat fight.

It all centers around the singer’s part-exotic kittens, Sushi and Tuna.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bieber paid $35,000 for the pair of Savannah breed cats from Illinois-based breeder Select Exotics.
“Baby, baby, baby, nooooooo,” PETA said in a statement to CNN. “Justin Bieber could inspire his fans around the world to save a life by adopting a cat from a local animal shelter — rather than fueling the dangerous demand for hybrid cats, contributing to the animal overpopulation crisis, and proving that when it comes to helping animals, his stance so far is ‘I don’t care.'”
Select Exotics’ website says Savannah cats are “a Serval/domestic feline cross” that is “the largest hybrid cat available today.”
“Bright, inventive, intelligent, even ingenious, playful, charming, and intensely energetic, the personable Savannah cat is very dog-like,” the site said. “Readily trainable, most love to play fetch, ride in cars, and relish outdoor walks on a leash.”
The kittens were purchased in the weeks leading up to Bieber’s second wedding to his wife, the former Hailey Baldwin, and he’s clearly enamored with them.
So much so that he launched a @kittysushiandtuna Instagram account to document their lives in the Bieber household.
The Biebs didn’t take too kindly to PETA’s statement.
He posted a screen shot of a story about PETA protesting his purchase on his Instagram stories, writing “PETA can suck it.”
“PETA go focus on real problems. Like poaching and animal brutality,” he wrote in a note posted on his Instagram stories. “Ur tripping because I want a specific kind of cat? U weren’t tripping when I got my dog Oscar and he wasn’t a rescue.”
Bieber added that he believes “in adopting rescues but also think there are preferences and that’s what breeders are for.”
“PETA go help with all the plastic in the ocean, and leave my beautiful cats alone,” he ended his note.
On Friday, PETA responded to Bieber in another statement provided to CNN.
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said “Sorry, Justin, but you must think more deeply about this issue: When millions of animals are losing their lives every year because not enough people adopt — choosing instead to shop — the animal overpopulation crisis is a ‘real problem.'”
“That’s what ‘sucks,'” she said. “PETA urges you to spend just one hour in a municipal animal shelter with us — we think you’ll understand how hard it is to look into the animals’ eyes and know that because people pay breeders, many of them will pay with their lives. You have the power to be a great role model on this issue — your behavior guides that of tons of your fans — so please put that to good use.”

Update: 11 Koi Rescued From Abandoned Pond in Cumming!

With the help of Home Partners of America, which permitted access to a vacant rental property in Cumming, 11 neglected koi were removed from a dangerous situation. Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak out about this urgent issue and to Atlanta Koi Rescue for coordinating the rescue effort and ensuring a happy ending for these animals.

Please be sure to check out our other urgent alerts and help animals who still need your voice!

PETA has been alerted to an evidently abandoned koi pond reportedly located on a vacant rental property in Cumming, Georgia. We’re told that the pond once contained as many as 30 fish but that up to a month has elapsed without anyone feeding them. Water levels are running perilously low, and a nonworking pump has resulted in inadequate oxygenation. One witness claims that dozens of fish have perished since April and that approximately 10 koi remain in the murky water struggling to survive. Local entities stand ready and willing to rescue these survivors but can’t do so unless the property management company that oversees the location gives them access. Despite numerous calls from PETA and local officials to the company, access has still not been given.

Hollywood Remembers Doris Day: Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Goldie Hawn Sing Icon’s Praises

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Refresh for updates… Hollywood was quick to remember Doris Day, the beloved actress, singer and animal rights activist who died today at age 97. “The great Doris Day left us and took a piece of the sun with her,” tweeted Goldie HawnTony Bennett recalled what a thrill it was for him to appear on The Doris Day Show in 1970, and said he’d miss her “beautiful smile.”

Meanwhile, songwriter Diane Warren tweeted an absolutely appropriate string of animal emojies in honor of one of Hollywood’s earliest and staunchest animal rights activists. The family of Day’s The Doris Day Show co-star Rose Marie shared a memory and a photo (see it below).

Rose Marie-Official


Sorry to hear of Doris Day’s passing. We got to know Doris when Mom worked with her. They talked frequently until Mom’s passing. We all shared our love for animals. I’m happy & proud to say I knew her & loved seeing her close friendship with my mother. They truly loved each other

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The Academy


Today, we remember Doris Day, who brought us so much joy with her humor, extraordinary talent and kind heart. Farewell to a Hollywood legend.

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Mitzi Gaynor


Bravo wonderful Doris Day on a life beautifully lived. Thank you for the great gifts you shared with all of us, they will live forever.

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Lisa Lange, PETA Senior Vice President: “Doris Day was a silver screen and singing legend, but PETA will always remember her for her most important role: animal champion. She personally rescued, fostered, and found loving homes for hundreds of animals; founded an organization to stop animal homelessness through spaying and neutering; and formed the Doris Day Animal League, which joined PETA in opposing cruel chemical tests on animals. Day was a warm, kind, generous person, and she will be missed by all of us here at PETA.”

Doris Day Dies: Iconic Actress, Singer, Animal Rights Activist Was 97

Sharon Lawrence


Nobody like her. And there never will be again. RIP You made the world better. 

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carl reiner


This morning I was saddened to learn that Doris Day who starred in a film I had written “The Thrill Of It All” had passed away at 97. Just a week ago, I contacted her and welcomed her to the 97 Year Actor’s Club.

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Paul McCartney: “So sad to hear of Doris Day passing away. She was a true star in more ways than one. I had the privilege of hanging out with her on a few occasions. Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style. She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with. Her films like ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘Move Over, Darling’ and many others were all incredible and her acting and singing always hit the mark. I will miss her but will always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh as well as the many great songs and movies she gave us. God bless Doris.”

Stella McCartney


The one, the only, the woman who inspired so much of what I do… Doris Day I love you, my calamity Jane. An iconic woman who I was hugely honoured to meet and share precious moments with. Rest in peace x

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John Barrowman MBE


RIP Doris Day such an amazing career. ‘Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps’ is one of our favorite songs. @scottmale jb @ Palm Springs, California 

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Candace Cameron Bure


Throughout my career, I always dreamed of being a modern
Doris Day 💗💕💗
Thank you for being a role model. 

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William Shatner


Condolences to the family of Doris Day. She was the World’s Sweetheart and beloved by all. ❤️ Que Será, Será!😞

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Seth MacFarlane


We’ve lost another great Hollywood talent. Take a minute to appreciate the legendary Doris Day: 

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Luke Evans


Goodbye Doris Day, there was only one of you! I have always loved your voice and the beautiful songs you made eternal. RIP. Hollywood actress and singer, dies aged 97 

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Actress Doris Day dies aged 97

Hollywood star Doris Day, whose films made her one of the biggest female stars of all time, has died aged 97

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George Takei


For those of us in my generation, Doris Day was synonymous with Hollywood icon. She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, “Que sera sera,” but we will miss her dearly anyway. Rest now in our hearts forever, Ms. Day.

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Paul Rudnick@PaulRudnickNY

Doris Day was kind and decent, onscreen and off; she maintained her friendship with Rock Hudson after his AIDS diagnosis, in a climate of fear and abandonment – one of his last appearances was on a TV show with her. Here they are in younger days:

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Royal Albert Hall


Farewell to the great Doris Day.
Here’s the legendary actor and singer at the Hall in 1955, being directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She’s about to spot a bad guy in our Door 6 porch, setting up the nerve-shredding finale of ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ 🎥

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Nigel Lythgoe OBE


I fell in love with when I was 10 years old.

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The Humane Society of the United States


It is with profound sadness that we say goodbye to our friend Doris Day, legendary actress, singer, & fierce animal advocate.

Though she will be missed, we can’t thank her enough for her admiration & devotion to animals.

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Goldie Hawn


The great Doris Day left us and took a piece of the sun with her. She brighten our lives and lived out her life with dignity. May she rest peacefully. ❤️

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Tony Bennett


Susan and I are saddened to hear of Doris Day’s passing. She was a wonderful friend to us and a lovely and very talented lady. We will miss her beautiful smile and it was such a thrill to appear on The Doris Day Show back in 1970 

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Michael Feinstein


There are moments in life that you cherish forever. Singing to for her 97th b’day was one of those moments. Doris lived a life full of highs and lows, but always with love exuding from her heart. God bless you Doris. You were a beacon of talent, beauty, grace, and love.

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Diane Warren


Doris Day is 🐵🐱🐶🐺🐎🐈🦁🐯🐅🐮🐆🐎🦄🦌🦌🐃🐄🐽🐏🐑🐐🐪🐁🐀🐀🦏🦛🐭🐁🐁🐀🐰🐿💔💔💔💔❤

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Today, we wave goodbye to the iconic Doris Day, who brought so much joy to her fans throughout her legendary career.

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Brent Spiner


Farewell Doris Day. She could do it all. Spectacularly!

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James Duke Mason


RIP the great Doris Day- here she is with my grandfather and Judy Garland in 1954 ❤️

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RIP to the one, the only Doris Day.

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