Twilight’S Kellan Lutz Takes A ‘Bite’ Out Of Dog And Cat Homelessness In New PETA Us Ad

For Immediate Release:
24 February 2010

Sam Glover 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Los Angeles – Gorgeous Twilight saga actor Kellan Lutz – known to many fans as sexy vampire Emmett Cullen – reveals his softer side in a new ad for PETA US. Part of the “Adopt, Don’t Buy” campaign, the ad shows Lutz hugging his rescued mixed-breed dog Kola and reads, “Buying Animals Is Killing Animals. Save a Homeless Dog or Cat – Always Adopt and Never Buy”. The ad was shot by top celebrity photographer Collin Stark.

“I love mutts!” gushed Lutz in an exclusive interview with PETA US. “If anything, I think mutts stay the healthiest.” Lutz also addressed the animal-overpopulation crisis. “There are surprisingly so many animals, so many animals in these animal shelters”, he said. “It’s sad, and knowing that they get euthanized – and there’s a lot you can do – spay or neuter your pets so that doesn’t happen.”

In the UK in 2009, more than 100,000 stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by local authorities – an increase of 11 per cent from the previous year. Thousands of these dogs will be euthanized because of a lack of good homes. Buying an animal from a pet shop or breeder robs a homeless animal of a chance at adoption and encourages sellers to acquire more purebred animals. Lutz, a big fan of mutts, encourages “Twilighters” to adopt.

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