Townsville Woman Nabs PETA Hero to Animals Award

For Immediate Release:

29 July 2020

Animal Rights Group Applauds Local Woman for Saving Huntsman Spider

Townsville – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has given Townsville resident Elina Walsh a Hero to Animals Award for her wonderful work nursing an injured huntsman spider back to health.

Elina Walsh with her Hero to Animals Award.

Walsh found the spider, whom she named Peggy, emaciated, dehydrated, and missing six of her legs. After learning that huntsman spiders can regrow legs, Walsh spent time carefully looking after Peggy, who is now showing “great enthusiasm” at mealtimes.

On the left is Peggy when Elina found her, on the right is Peggy after regrowing her legs.

“We take our hats off to this compassionate woman, who displayed great care and respect for Peggy and went above and beyond to save her life,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Spiders are sentient beings with a will to live, just like humans, and they all deserve the same kindness and respect that Peggy has been shown by Elina.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

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