Telford Woman Named ‘Most Compassionate Mum 2012’ By PETA

For Immediate Release:
15 March 2012

Ben Williamson 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]
Elisa Allen 020 7357 9229, ext 243; [email protected]

Telford, Shropshire – PETA’s mission to find the most deserving mum and recognise her for her efforts in helping animals has paid off for a Telford woman. Julie Bowyer has been named PETA’s Most Compassionate Mum 2012. Bowyer was nominated by her son, Chris, who summed up his submission by saying, “[M]y mum’s commitment to the well-being of all animals is second to none”. Bowyer’s award will be announced on PETA’s website on Mother’s Day, 18 March.

“When you think of mothers, you think of nurturing, but Julie Bowyer has taken compassion for others to a whole new level”, says PETA spokesperson Ben Williamson. “PETA is very pleased to recognise Julie’s extraordinary efforts to fight animal suffering wherever and whenever it occurs.”

Bowyer has attended animal rights demonstrations throughout the UK and says she will continue to do so for as long as she can. She even travelled twice to America to help PETA US raise funds and to meet PETA Founder Ingrid E Newkirk. Bowyer went vegan years ago, and she’s adamant about never buying any product that was tested on animals. Typical of her modesty, Bowyer’s comment upon being notified that she had won the award was, “I should be doing more”.

The story of one special cat offers a good glimpse into Bowyer’s dedication. She knows that buying an animal from a breeder kills the chance for a cat or dog awaiting adoption to find a loving home. After recently learning that a cat whose guardian had died was unwanted by surviving members of the family, Bowyer wasted no time. She not only offered to adopt the cat but also paid for all the animal’s medical needs, including spaying, mouth surgeries and flea medications.

Bowyer will receive a certificate and a goodie bag filled with cruelty-free prizes and will appear in PETA’s popular Animal Times magazine.