As we prepare to celebrate PETA’s 30th anniversary, we’d like to share a few stories with you about some of the individual animals who have been helped over these last three decades, thanks to the support of compassionate readers like you.
These rescued animals represent just a few of the millions of animals saved from lives of suffering and abuse during PETA’s first 10 years. Check PETA Prime over the coming weeks for another two decades of stories from PETA’s groundbreaking work for animals.
Elizabeth was one of thousands of chickens who were slated for death at a slaughterhouse. Her beak had been cut off-a gruesome but routine procedure in the factory-farming industry-and she was ill and weak. She was nursed back to health and spent the rest of her life dustbathing, sunning herself, and enjoying the company of other chickens.
PETA cofounders Ingrid E. Newkirk and Alex Pacheco found Chester, a macaque, in a filthy laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland. Pacheco took a volunteer position in order to learn more about how animals are exploited in laboratories. Little did he know that his investigation would lead to the first-ever prosecution and conviction of an experimenter on cruelty-to-animals charges. Chester was rescued from the lab and eventually able to live with two of his companions in a large, sunny enclosure in California.
1982: Ms. Bea
For years, Ms. Bea lived with a motorcycle gang until her guardian was tragically shot to death. PETA’s Ingrid E. Newkirk came to Ms. Bea’s rescue and opened up her heart and home to the abandoned dog. Ms. Bea was just as dedicated to helping animals as her new guardian was. Always vocal and opinionated, Ms. Bea led many PETA protests, and she was a reassuring greeter to many nervous dogs who arrived at the animal shelter.
When Darryl was taken from an exotic-pet store, he was close to death. The dealer had no experience in the proper care of tropical animals. In his new home, Darryl grew robust and healthy. He had the run of the house, and every night he climbed onto his human companion’s chest, where he was quietly stroked to sleep.
When General was rescued from a horse-slaughter operation, he was so weak he could barely stand up. PETA attended auctions at which horses who were intended for slaughter were purchased. PETA bought some of the terrified horses and placed them in loving homes. Following our exposé, the Texas operation closed its doors forever.
Martin was only 3 months old when he was adopted from an animal shelter. In many areas, pound-seizure laws allow experimenters to buy animals from shelters. Fortunately, Martin was rescued in time. At his new home, he was given an indoor-outdoor run, fresh vegetables every day, and plenty of love.
Buddy was rescued after eight months inside a testing laboratory. He was forced to inhale intense concentrations of a popular brand of hair spray for hours at a time, which left him permanently brain-damaged.
When PETA got word that the Washington, D.C., area’s C&O Canal was going to be drained-and that little Lorelai and many other goldfish who had been dumped into the canal were going to die-we went to work. Armed with wading boots and buckets, we scooped up the fish and took them to safety.
Jeanne was just one of the 300 starving beavers rescued from an abandoned fur farm in Montana. She and many others were later rehabilitated. The fur farm went bankrupt and was closed down for good.
Janet’s destiny took a lucky turn when she was rescued from imminent slaughter after being a victim of the inhumane wool industry. Janet tried to escape during her first night at a sanctuary, bleating in fear. But her fears soon faded, and Janet quickly became part of the sanctuary’s motley little flock.
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