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March 29, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Port Trevorton, Pennsylvania. – “Penny needs help.” This post is outside the Union County Athletes’ Club (UCSC) on US Route 15, where PETA has placed a new billboard advising passers-by to avoid a shady object and help Penny, a pea who lives in an aviary full of feces and shows signs of bumblebee – a painful and potentially fatal disease which can lead to bone infection.
The ad came a year after a spirited PETA campaign convinced the UCSC to transfer Dillan, an arthritic Asian black bear with a life-threatening dental condition, to an accredited wildlife sanctuary in Colorado. Now PETA wants Penny and other animals at UCSC have the same chance of receiving proper care, including veterinary treatment, from reputable institutions.
“Dillan’s life went from hell to heaven as soon as he was able to explore, dig, climb, swim, relax and play in his natural habitat,” says PETA Foundation Deputy Chief Compliance Officer Debbie Metzler … “Penny deserves that chance too – and PETA is willing to pay the bill to make it happen.”
Birds at UCSC suffer from loss of plumage and overgrown beaks, and exhibit abnormal walking behavior, most likely due to being kept in small, sterile cages and prevented from flying, roaming, sitting, swimming and feeding. The UCSC also did not always provide the animals with adequate veterinary care, resulting in the deaths of five deer because their nursing mothers did not receive an adequate diet.
The billboard is located on US Highway 15, 8 miles south of Selinsgrove.
PETA, whose motto is in part that “the animals are not ours to be used for entertainment” – opposes arrogance, a worldview focused on human superiority. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…