Written by Alisa Mullins
Accompanied by his own former "shelter dog", Sky,
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law last week naming animals adopted from
shelters Colorado's official "state pet." Colorado is the first state to distinguish—and promote the adoption of—animals
from shelters in this way.
The law was spearheaded by students at Peakview School in Walsenburg and
Rooney Ranch Elementary school in Lakewood as part of a school project to learn about
the legislative process. Kids attended a Senate committee hearing to testify in
favor of the bill. One legislator's rescued dog, Angus, also took part.
At the hearing, 14-year-old Peakview student Roger Arellano
reminded legislators that raising awareness about the need to adopt animals
from shelters is "a matter of life and death."
In recognition of
their achievement, PETA Kids has honored students at both schools with
Compassionate Kids awards, and we've also sent thank-you notes and vegan
chocolates to the bill's sponsors as well as the governor.
all your friends I'm kind." That's what 6-year-old Catherine Hubbard
used to say to
insects, in the hope that they would all feel welcome and safe, according to
her mother, Jenny. The thoughtful, introspective
redhead was one of the 26 children and educators tragically gunned down at
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December.
To honor Catherine,
PETA is inscribing a leaf
on the Tree of Life monument at our
Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters that reads:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CATHERINE VIOLET HUBBARD
FRIEND TO ALL ANIMALS
loved to watch baby birds in their nests and reveled in having butterflies land
on her. She doted on her beloved rabbit, Flopsy, and would help her elderly, arthritis-stricken
dog, Samantha, to her feet when she struggled. Before Catherine's funeral, her parents asked that, in lieu
of flowers, donations be made to The Animal Center in Newtown, an organization that rescues homeless animals and
provides them with foster care. So far, more than $200,000 has been donated in
Catherine's name. Catherine
had dreamed of establishing her own animal shelter one day, and The Animal Center plans to use the money
raised in her name to build the Catherine
Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, where children can visit and learn
about animals rescued from abusive situations.
Each of us can pay tribute to
Catherine by trying to live like she would—by taking a stray cat to a shelter, stopping
to help a turtle cross the road, or walking a neighbor's dog. These are the
kinds of things that Catherine would do if she were here—and the things she
would teach others to do by her example.
PETA invites parents who want to
raise compassionate kids like Catherine to visit PETAKids.com. And urge your kids to take a page from Catherine's book and
tell all their friends that they're kind.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
The new 3-D animated film Delhi Safari has all the elements of a kid-friendly romp: wise-cracking animals, madcap adventure, and sing-along–worthy musical scores performed by the likes of dancing parrots and turbaned flamingoes. But cleverly disguised beneath the hilarity and hijinks, the film's message is one that's never too early for kids to hear: Human beings must think about how our actions affect other species.
As the film, which is set in India, opens, builders begin bulldozing a forest to erect a new housing development. But an intrepid group of animals who call the forest home band together on a
journey to Delhi to ask the government to stop the destruction. Throughout the exciting escapade, kids can see that animals value their homes, their families, and their lives, just as we do. And, as the animals make clear when they finally reach Delhi, we must all learn to coexist peacefully.
The film, which features the voice of PETA supporter Jane Lynch, is being released in select cities, but Delhi Safari is worth taking kids on
their own safari to see it. You can request a showing in your area using GATHR, or buy tickets online
for a theater near you.
You can also visit PETAKids.com for fun activities, games, stickers, coloring books, and more that can help kids develop compassion for animals.
Written by PETA
10-year-old Nicky Schwarz learned that the principal of his California
elementary school had agreed to eat fried worms if the students read for a half-million
minutes, this kind kid sprang into action. Nicky circulated a petition calling
for an alternative to the event and rallied his friends and classmates to speak
up, too—and the stunt was called off!
For demonstrating that compassion should apply to all
Nicky received a PETA
Compassionate Action Award. We sent this smart fifth-grader a framed
certificate, a letter of recognition, and a bagful of PETA goodies.
Help inspire the kids
you know to turn their compassion into action by giving them a copy of PETA
President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help
When President Obama received this year's lucky turkey to be pardoned, he had some brow-raising reservations: "I'm told Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson actually ate their turkeys. You can't fault them for that; that's a good-looking bird," he said.
Malia and Sasha's response? No. He. Couldn't.
"Thanks to the interventions of Malia and Sasha—because I was planning to eat this sucker—'Courage' will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate," he said.
To show Malia and Sasha that we're thankful for their lifesaving involvement this Thanksgiving, we're giving the girls an honorary membership to PETA Kids!
Written by Logan Scherer
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