As Lockdown Limits Traffic, Group Goes Full Steam Ahead on Free Billboards Urging Animal-Friendly QuarantinesFor Immediate Release:
April 21, 2020
Manila — With Manila on lockdown, and knowing that most people are hunkered down, PETA has nonetheless jumped on a generous offer from HDI Admix to post billboards all over the city free of charge. The hope is that the few people still out who aren’t essential workers will see the ads, take heed, head home, and spend some quality time with their animal companions—or consider fostering an animal in need during the at-home quarantine period.
“Erecting ads that hardly anyone will see might not start the next animal rights revolution, but if they remind just one person to show his or her animal companion some love, then that’s a victory in these tough times,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA’s lockdown life hacks are cooking vegan meals, fostering a dog or cat, and enjoying lots of playtime with your four-legged family members.”
PETA encourages anyone in a position to foster or adopt an animal in need at this time to contact the group at [email protected]. Countless animals are currently fending for themselves on the streets, where they may be hit by cars, suffer from diseases, or endure abuse. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—urges everyone to adopt animals, never buy them from breeders or pet stores, and always have them spayed or neutered.
In addition, the group offers animal guardians tips on ways to keep cats and dogs happy and healthy during this unprecedented crisis:
- Stock up on two weeks’ worth of animal food and treats, medications (if necessary), and cat litter.
- If your area still permits dog walking, wear a mask and wipe down your dog’s paws and snout with wipes afterwards. Don’t let anyone pet your pup, as the virus can survive on animals’ fur just as on any other surface.
- Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay indoors away from others and arrange for someone else to care for any companion animals in the household.