MICHAEL VARTAN GIVES DOG ‘PARENTS’ SOUND ADVICE ‘Spending Quality Time With My Best Friend, Millie, Is Always at the Top of My List,’ Says Hawthorne Star Los Angeles — As Dr. Tom Wakefield on the TNT hit series Hawthorne, Michael Vartan is often called upon to advise his patients. Now, Vartan is giving advice to parents—of dogs, that is. Vartan—along with his dog, Millie—stars in a brand-new TV ad for PETA in which he talks about the importance of giving animal companions all the love, care, and attention that they need and deserve. “No matter how hectic my life gets, spending quality time with my best friend, Millie, is always at the top of my list,” begins Vartan in the 30-second spot. “Millie doesn’t get to make her own schedule. In fact, we decide when our dogs eat, take walks, play with their pooch pals—even relieve themselves. So when I take her on a walk, I make sure she gets to sniff as long as she wants. And it’s up to her whether she walks, runs, or even sunbathes. I always remember this is her walk, so I don’t pull on her, and I don’t rush her. These things may […]
Yes, there is a Santa Claus—at least there is for Sheena, a lovable mutt who was slated to be used in cruel experiments at the University of Utah (the U) but is now safe in a foster home. Sheena’s former guardian, Gayle, reluctantly surrendered the dog to the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS) in hopes of finding her a new home because Sheena wasn’t getting along with another dog in the house and Gayle could not afford to keep three large dogs. Unbeknownst to Gayle, who visited Sheena at NUVAS several times to make sure that she was being cared for, the shelter sells animals to laboratories for use in experiments. One day, Gayle called NUVAS to check on Sheena and learned that, without warning, the dog had been sold to the U. When Gayle asked NUVAS staffers what would happen to her dog and pressed them for details on the shelter’s arrangement with the U, she was told that shelter employees are prohibited from speaking with the public about it. After contacting the U to make sure that Sheena was still alive, Gayle immediately called PETA’s emergency hotline and learned that dogs who are purchased from NUVAS by […]
Had it not been for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, federal investigators might never have known about conditions inside U.S. Global Exotics, the “massive international exotic-animal wholesale facility in Arlington” raided on December 15. For seven months, PETA had a man on the inside gathering evidence that owners Jasen and Vanessa Shaw were allowing tens of thousands of exotic animals to live — and, in most instances, die slow, horrible deaths — in what PETA calls “continuous, cruel confinement.” As a result, U.S. Global Exotics was shut down — and now, Jasen Shaw’s on the run, a fugitive from federal authorities who allege, among other things, that he violated the Lacey Act. Following this morning’s story about Shaw’s apparent run to his native New Zealand, PETA’s David Perle, in its D.C. office, directs our attention to its newly updated Web site filled with graphic, often grisly, footage — the very evidence it used to convince federal authorities to raid the facility shortly before Christmas. The special section devoted to U.S. Global Exotics is called “To Hell and Back: A Journey Inside the Pet Trade,” and, fair warning, it lives up to its name.