Kiefer Sutherland is getting a cattle call from the animal rights activists of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The PETA zealots are pleading with the short-fused 24 actor not to replace cattle he recently lost in an alleged scam.
The actor — a former rodeo rider — allegedly handed over more than $1 million to help fund pal Michael Wayne Carr’s plans to provide him with steers from Mexico. Carr never bought the steers and is also accused of selling steers that didn’t belong to him. He’s been charged with 12 felonies, including grand theft, forgery and embezzlement, and is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 8.
And PETA bosses have reached out to Kiefer with a letter describing the slaughter of cows in bid to prevent him from seeking more Mexican cattle.
“While financial woes are never pleasant, what’s worse are the abuses that cows suffer at the hands of the meat industry,” PETA boss Michelle Cho wrote in an open letter to Kiefer on Thursday, “We implore you not to replace the cattle you were purchasing. Cattle on factory farms spend the majority of their lives in dark, cramped metal sheds surrounded by their own faeces, and they are branded with hot irons, castrated, and dehorned without painkillers,” Michelle continued. “They are fed an unnatural diet consisting of high-bulk grains and other fillers and are pumped full of drugs in order to make them grow faster and keep them alive in these miserable conditions. At slaughter, cattle are often hoisted upside down by their hind legs and are skinned and dismembered while they are still conscious. According to one slaughterhouse worker, who was interviewed by The Washington Post, they die piece by piece.”