“The Vampire Diaries” Star Torrey Devitto Teams Up with peta2 to End Dissection

January 18, 2013

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You might know Torrey Devitto best as crazy nanny Carrie from “One Tree Hill” or even as Spencer’s shady sister on “Pretty Little Liars,” and lets not forget “The Vampire Diaries”! As it turns out, Devitto has one of the biggest hearts in the business and she’s teamed up with peta2 to tackle a tough subject: animal dissection. In a brand-new ad, DeVitto appears hugging a feline friend next to the words “You Wouldn’t Dissect Her, So Don’t Dissect Anyone!” The ad was shot by top celebrity photographer Robert Sebree.

In a peta2 interview, DeVitto explains how she let fear of disappointing her teachers push her into dissecting when she was in school—and how she still regrets it. “I didn’t think I had an option,” she says. “Kids need to know they have the option—they don’t need to be subjected to this. … You can do virtual dissection, which gives them just as much information as dissecting a real cat or frog.” In the interview, DeVitto goes on to encourage students to refuse to dissect, saying, “You’ll feel so much more proud of yourself if you do stand up for what you believe … there’s nothing more valuable than your voice and your own opinions.”

Every year, more than 10 million animals—including cats, frogs, rats, mice, and fetal pigs—are dissected in secondary-school and college science classes. Most of them come from biological supply houses that sell cats obtained from animal shelters, fetal pigs cut from the wombs of female pigs killed at slaughterhouses, and frogs who are taken from their homes in the wild—a practice that wreaks havoc on local ecosystems. Studies have repeatedly shown that virtual dissection is more effective for teaching biology than cutting up dead animals.

DeVitto is the latest celebrity to join peta2 in speaking up for animals. Visitors to peta2.com can find interviews with all their favorite bands and celebrities—including Justin Bieber, Lea Michele, Sarah Hyland, Kellan Lutz, Megan Park, and Pink.

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