Connie Crayden Stars in Latest PETA Adoption Campaign

‘Married at First Sight’ Star Urges Fans to Adopt, Not Shop

Sydney – Beloved Aussie influencer Connie Crayden – best known for her appearance on Married at First Sight in 2019 – poses with her adorable rescued greyhound Skyla in a new super-cute PETA ad spreading the important “Adopt, Don’t Shop” message. Crayden adopted Skyla in October last year and says, “I couldn’t imagine my life without her.”

“I was mortified to find out that more than 500 animals are euthanised a day in Australia purely because they don’t have a home. That’s not OK,” says Crayden in an accompanying video. “There are so many people who want to bring an animal into their family, so people should really be considering the idea of adopting. … When you adopt a dog, they feel the love and they give it back 10 times more.”

Skyla was fortunate to be rescued from the cruel greyhound-racing industry. From the discovery of mass graves full of dead dogs to live-baiting scandals and shocking reports of injury and death at tracks, the systemic abuse of animals in the greyhound-racing industry has become blatantly clear.

An estimated 18,000 greyhounds are killed every year in Australia, simply because they aren’t deemed fast enough to win races. A recent report by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds revealed that dog deaths in the industry are up 44%.

The dogs who do make it to the racetrack are at significant risk of sustaining serious injuries, such as head trauma or broken legs, during training and racing. The intensity of the racing also means that dogs can suffer from seizures caused by a lack of oxygen and cardiac arrest. Because they’re forced to work for profit, greyhounds are treated as possessions rather than the sensitive, loving animals they are. They’re often confined to cramped, barren pens and kennels, completely deprived of human companionship and stimulation. They’re left in these sad conditions for up to 23 hours a day.

“While hundreds of thousands of animals languish in shelters, waiting patiently for a loving home, breeders exploit mother dogs and bring more puppies into the world, lowering the chances dogs have of being adopted,” says a PETA spokesperson. “We loved working with Connie and Skyla to spread this important message.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au or follow the group on Facebook or Instagram.

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