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14 October 2001 Issue
Jerry Orbach of "Law & Order" Stars in New PSA Exposing Cruel Trophy Shooting of Captive Animals at Canned Hunts

from Michael Markarian - mmarkarian@fund.org 

New York (October 11, 2001) -- Today, The Fund for Animals announced its new Fall 2001 PSA campaign to educate television viewers about the cruel and unsporting practice of shooting tame, captive animals for trophies at fenced "canned hunts" across the United States. The PSA, produced by New York-based Bright Light Agency, Inc., is narrated by Jerry Orbach of "Law & Order."

In the PSA, Orbach states, "Canned hunting is when hunters pay money to kill trapped animals for fun or for trophies. Tame animals obtained from zoos are frequently used, because they have no fear of people. The animals are shot while in small, fenced in areas, often while eating, drugged, or tied up. Canned hunting is a cruel and unfair chase. To find out how you can help stop it, contact The Fund for Animals."

According to Michael Markarian, executive vice president of The Fund for Animals, "This PSA is both an educational tool and a call to action for viewers to get involved in efforts to protect captive animals from the cruelty of canned hunts. Viewers will want to find out whether canned hunts are taking place in their communities, and whether animals from their local zoos are being sold or traded to this violent fate."

Added Heidi Prescott, national director of The Fund for Animals, "Wildlife advocates, biologists, and even hunters are working together to stop this unsporting and unsavory practice. Canned hunts are creating health risks to domestic animals and native wildlife populations, are detrimental to the public image of all hunters, and are egregiously cruel and inhumane."

The public can view the PSA, and find more information about canned hunts, at The Fund for Animals' web site devoted to this issue:

http://www.cannedhunts.com 

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