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January 12, 2024
Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382
Gillett, Ark. – Upfront of the Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Membership’s annual Gillett Supper—for which dozens of trapped and hunted raccoons are cooked—PETA fired off a letter to occasion organizer Gabe Holmstrom right this moment, urging him to present the occasion a sorely wanted replace and providing to assist develop or present a vegan meal that honors raccoons as a substitute. PETA factors out that raccoons are curious, very smart animals who really feel ache and worry, share their meals, and profit the ecosystems during which they reside—they usually endure mightily once they’re chased up timber by hounds or caught in metal traps, after which their chests are sometimes crushed beneath a boot or they’re left to die slowly and painfully from blood loss, exhaustion, or publicity.
“Raccoons are intelligent, delicate animals who don’t need to be trapped, shot, or lower up and served subsequent to a pile of potatoes,” says PETA Government Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges Gillett to have fun native wildlife with a scrumptious, wholesome vegan supper that everybody can be ok with, and if it helps, PETA will present it.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals aren’t ours to abuse in any means”—factors out that Each Animal Is Somebody and affords free Empathy Kits for individuals who want a lesson in kindness. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Holmstrom follows.
January 12, 2024
Gillett Coon Supper
Pricey Mr. Holmstrom:
I’m writing on behalf of Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals and our tens of 1000’s of members and supporters in Arkansas to induce Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Membership to replace its annual supper. Let me be frank: With all due respect, the very title of this supper is offensive, as is the style during which raccoons, who ought to be revered as indigenous wildlife, are acquired (that’s, caught in metal traps, hounded, treed, terrified, and killed). Instances have modified, and this occasion displays an unlucky failure to acknowledge the evolution in society’s pondering on points that contain disrespect and worse.
Raccoons are curious, very smart animals who, similar to the members of your membership, really feel ache and worry if cornered and threatened with dying. Research present that they usually share meals and eat collectively. They contribute to the ecosystem by dispersing seeds from the wild berries, fruit, and nuts they eat. Their digging improves soil aeration, benefiting plant recruitment and dashing up decomposition. Recognizing raccoons for who they’re, not what they style like, can be an applicable option to have fun Arkansas’ wildlife.
Raccoons caught in traps battle in excruciating ache because the steel cuts into their flesh, usually all the way down to the bone. Some animals, particularly moms who’re determined to get again to their younger, endure the agony of chewing off certainly one of their very own trapped limbs. This ordeal can final for hours. Finally, the animal succumbs to exhaustion and infrequently publicity, frostbite, shock, or dying or is dispatched by a trapper crushing their chest or taking pictures them if they’re “fortunate.” In racoon hunts, these animals are as petrified as you’ll be if hounds have been out to kill you, and they’re usually chased to exhaustion, mauled, or shot.
We urge you to make the Gillett Coon Supper a vegan occasion, which might ship a robust message about your respect for all life. Our latest collaboration with vegan chef Sasha Raj for a roadkill cook-off in West Virginia highlights the up to date change in hearts and minds about consuming animals. We might gladly give you an exquisite meal that you just’d discover satisfying in each respect.
Thanks on your time and consideration. We eagerly await your response and can be found for help.
Government Vice President