Pluto and Lady and the Tramp… in Chains?! Disney’s Iconic Dogs Are Reimagined To Help Neglected Dogs In Real Life

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For immediate release:
July 28, 2022

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Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

San Jose, California. – Beloved stars of Disney classics such as toy story and 101 Dalmatians receive a reimagined narrative, chained or stuck in a pen, courtesy of PETA’s Senior Social Artist Tiani Hernandez, who created a satirical new series, available here, as part of PETA’s nationwide campaign to get dogs out of filthy farms and chains in backyards. Images include Dug weeping over a ‘chain of pain’ attached to a decrepit doghouse; Lady and Tramp strain on their tethers, unable to reach a plate of spaghetti; and Pluto panting outside in the scorching heat as Mickey and Minnie enjoy lemonade in a cool house.

For Hernandez, illustrations are personal. As a child in San José, his best friend and “little brother” was the family dog, Kalani. “He was so smart and expressive – I couldn’t imagine him not being treated like a member of our family,” she says.

Hernandez went on to study visual communication and design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, where she was encouraged to consider the impact of humans on animals and the environment – and became a vegan after realized that “animals used for food are no different than Kalani. Now at PETA, she explains that her goal with her artwork is to help people “imagine themselves in the position of animals, empathize with them, and to understand that they live and feel beings like us”.

Hernandez with Pluto and Dug. Photos published with kind permission of the artist.

Hernandez’s reimagined imagery is rooted in real life, not fairy tales. Like this Washington Post Journal Details from the cover story, “barnyard dogs” are often deprived of adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care, confined to the same few square feet of space day after day. Some freeze to death in the winter, and many suffer fatal heatstroke and dehydration with no relief from the scorching sun. PETA field workers — who provide shackled dogs with basic needs daily, including food, fresh water, sturdy kennels, and prevention of flea and fly attacks — have found dead or dying dogs , many of whom were imprisoned for life in small enclosures and/or had heavy chains around their necks, which is why the group is working to press charges against their abusers, find loving adoptive homes for surviving animals and to enact chain bans across the country.

Hernandez’s drawing of a crying Pongo and Perdita surrounded by Dalmatian puppies in a dirty pen was also inspired by what she saw “at work,” including a Michigan-based breeding operation where dozens of dogs and puppies were confined to small, sterile kennels. with little protection from the freezing cold until it was closed after a spirited campaign by PETA.

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.

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