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Upon hearing that during the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair in Columbus, Indiana, in July, live hermit crabs and iguanas were doled out as booth prizes to attendees, PETA implored the event organizers to commit to ending this irresponsible and inhumane practice—but so far, they’ve failed to do so. Your voice is needed now!
People who “win” animals can’t be properly vetted for suitability as animal guardians, and they’re usually ill prepared for and quickly overwhelmed by the extraordinary responsibility. The animals often become victims of abuse or neglect—or, once the novelty wears off, they may be surrendered to already-overburdened shelters or bounced from home to home, ending up in tiny, barren enclosures, lonely, and forgotten. Others are abandoned outdoors to fend for themselves, only to die from starvation, dehydration, exposure, stress, or injuries sustained in attacks by other animals.
Please join PETA in urging the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair to implement a policy against live-animal giveaways—then forward this alert far and wide. Feel free to send the sample letter provided, but keep in mind that your letter will carry more weight if you write your own customized message and subject line.