As we honor those loved ones who have passed away, we'd like to take a moment to remember the many animals whose passing has gone largely unnoticed and unmourned—except by PETA and its supporters.
Thousands of thoroughbreds die on racetracks every year, and thousands more "retired" racehorses are sent to slaughter in Canada and Mexico.
Each year in the U.S., more than 8 billion chickens are killed for their flesh. More chickens are killed in slaughterhouses than any other animal, yet they are exempt from even the meager protection of the Humane Slaughter Act.
The millions of animals killed annually for their fur are electrocuted, bludgeoned, and sometimes skinned alive.
Elephants in circuses die far short of their natural lifespans of captivity-induced diseases like arthritis and chronic foot problems caused by standing chained for hours on end on hard concrete floors.
Three to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year across the country for lack of a good home. Every animal who is purchased from a pet store or breeder takes a home that could have been opened to an animal waiting on "death row" at a shelter.
It's easy to save animals' lives on Memorial Day and every other day of the year by simply making educated choices at the grocery store and shopping mall. Learn more about getting active for animals at PETA's "Get Active" page.
Written by Michelle Sherrow