Internet’S ‘Most Downloaded Woman’ Joins PETA’S ‘Iams Cruelty’ Campaign

Cindy Margolis Poses for Anti-Iams Ad on Web Site Visited by Millions

For Immediate Release:
24 June 2004
Andrew Butler 020 7357 9229, ext. 230
Dawn Carr 020 7357 9229, ext. 224 
London – Cindy Margolis has a bone to pick with pet-food maker Iams. The self-made businesswoman, actor and Internet phenomenon – heralded as the world’s ‘most downloaded woman’ and named one of the ‘50 Most Beautiful People’ by People magazine – has joined PETA’s campaign against Iams and vows to boycott the company until it stops conducting cruel and deadly experiments on dogs and cats. The ad, which shows her (in a bikini) hugging her dog, Sparky, next to the tagline ‘Iams Isn’t My Doggie’s Style’, can be seen on her Web site,, under ‘In the Spotlight’, and on PETA’s Web site Cindy, who has appeared on several TV series and is currently working on two feature films, took a break from her hectic schedule to pose for the ad.

Why are Cindy and PETA fed up with Iams? A recent PETA US undercover investigation revealed deplorable conditions at an Iams contract laboratory. At least 27 dogs were killed, while others died of illnesses that went untreated, despite assurances from Iams that no animal in any Iams test would ever be deliberately killed. PETA’s investigator also found the following:

·        Dogs and cats confined to small, barren cages, some for up to six years
·        Dogs whose vocal cords had been surgically cut out to keep them from barking
·        Workers’ reports of a live kitten who was washed down a drain
·        Kennels that were stifling in the summer and near freezing during winter
·        Dogs force-fed vegetable oil through tubes inserted down their throats
‘My dog Sparky and I are barking mad over Iams’ cruel tests on animals, and we want them to end’, says Cindy. ‘Anyone who loves animals knows that Iams is dead wrong to treat them as nothing more than test tubes with a tail.’

For more information, please visit PETA’s Web site To view Cindy’s PETA ad, please visit and click on ‘In the Spotlight’ (a copy of the ad is available from PETA on request).