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It is an unlikely pairing, PETA recognizing the US military for a rescue effort. While PETA has criticized even President Obama for inhumane killing of flies, this time around they are taking part in a feel good story and recognizing three US Marines.
Lance Cpl. Chris Berry will receive a Compassionate Action Award from PETA for rescuing homeless cats in Afghanistan. One cat, KeyKe was sent to safety at his parents’ Davison home and preventing the birth of more unwanted cats by having KeyKey neutered. Marine Cpl. Brian Chambers’ was the second of three Marines helping with the effort by rescuing KiKi who know resides at his home in Pearland, Texas.
The three Marines will each receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation from PETA for evacuating the cats from their deployment overseas. While stationed in Afghanistan, Berry, Chambers and Lance Cpl. Aaron Shaw found several homeless cats, and the Marines fed, sheltered, and provided medical care for many of them.
PETA’s President Ingrid Newkirk had the following to say:
We salute Chris and his friends, who were deployed in a war zone thousands of miles from home and still made time to save animals who needed their help. War zones are a nightmare for animals, too, but thanks to these Marines, Kiki and KeyKey can look forward to a life filled with all the love, care, and security that they deserve.
All in all, a happy ending.