Target: Cathy Kangas
Goal: Show Cathy Kangas our appreciation for her dedication to protecting and saving the lives of animals
Cathy Kangas recently became the recipient of the Compassion in Action Award from the Humane Society of the United States. For the last 20 years, Kangas has been one of the most influential animal welfare supporters and activists in the world. Her resume is a testament to her work. From saving baby seals, to working to allow veterans to bring dogs home from deployment, to cruelty-free cosmetics, she has saved countless lives. For this, she deserves our gratitude.
By working with the press and diplomats within the European Union, Kangas promoted a boycott on baby seal pelts. Since then the numbers of seals killed annually in Canada has gone from 335,000 to around 15,000. With the aid of philanthropists and the press, she also managed to prove that Canada’s refusal to end the seal pelt industry is not a financial matter by offering the Canadian government 16 million dollars, the industry’s annual income, to shut down the slaughter. They declined the offer.
In 2002 she worked with the Save the Chimps organization to buy out a bankrupt research lab in New Mexico, which allowed them to acquire their 266 chimpanzees that now live on 150 acres of protected land in Florida. With the help of the SquirrelWood Equine Sanctuary in Montgomery, N.Y., she has also worked to save horses from slaughter, instead rehabilitating them and putting them up for adoption. The ones who aren’t eventually sold are free to live in a sanctuary.
These are only a few of the incredible contributions Cathy Kangas, along with the help of her husband and various organizations, has made to the lives of animals. Please sign the petition below to congratulate her on her award and thank her for all of the work she has done to ensure that animals are cared for and their rights are acknowledged.
Dear Cathy Kangas,
Congratulations on being the recent recipient of the Compassion in Action award from the Humane Society of the United States. Your contributions to the protection of animal rights and welfare certainly haven’t gone unnoticed. The world needs more people such as you who selflessly dedicate their time, money, and lives to helping those who unfortunately do not have a voice in this world.
From the bottom of my heart, congratulations. Thank you for all that you have done and for the countless lives you continue to save.
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