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2023 Highlights for Animals & People

The Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund is dedicated to making the world a better place for animals, while emphasizing programs that also benefit people.

This holiday season, will you add your name to the list of 2023 supporters below?

I’m proud to share these highlights from programs to which the Greg Fund contributed this year:

Puppy available for adoption, PETA-supported shelter of Animal Rescue Kharkiv, December 2023.

Helping Ukraine war victims

Since the war in Ukraine began in February 2022, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has used its Global Compassion Fund to help that country’s animals. PETA-Germany has shipped 40 tons of food per month for cats, dogs, and horses in Ukraine. It has supported longtime partner Animal Rescue Kharkiv in saving over 12,000 animals from missile strikes and disasters — providing medical treatment and spay/neuter surgeries for hundreds of animals each month, evacuating some to other European countries, and providing shelter or reuniting others with their humans inside Ukraine.

This Fund made a grant to PETA’s Global Compassion Fund in 2023 for the 3rd consecutive year. In June, PETA presented its 8th annual Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award to Animal Rescue Kharkiv.

The Exam Room Live from New York City, July 2023.

Promoting nutrition literacy

The Exam Room™, a plant-based podcast from nutrition experts at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has recorded nearly 500 episodes since 2017, which have been downloaded over 18 million times in 150+ countries. In 2023, The Exam Room added live in-person programs in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C.

In 2023, this Fund made a grant to help sponsor The Exam Room podcast for the 5th consecutive year.

Charlie, who PETA and I rescued from the racing industry in 2016.

Stopping cruelty to horses

PETA’s Equine Matters team has continued work in the US and worldwide to end cruelty to horses.

The California Horse Racing Board amended its rules, prohibiting licensees from participating in or even attending unsanctioned “bush track” races, responding to PETA’s investigation in Georgia which drew attention to similar illegal racetracks in at least 30 US states. Anheuser-Busch announced that it would stop amputating tails of its Budweiser Clydesdale horses, responding to PETA’s investigation of its Missouri farms and a nationwide campaign against the practice. Meanwhile, PETA has been working to protect juvenile Thoroughbreds who are not covered by US federal racehorse protections; and to rescue former US racehorses from near-certain slaughter in South Korea.

In 2023, this Fund made a grant to help support PETA Equine Matters for the 8th consecutive year.

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary rescued calves Colin & Woody (2018) & piglet Sylvia (2023); Humane Long Island rescued ducklings (2023).

And there’s more!

The Greg Fund also contributed in 2023 to these organizations and programs:

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Greg Fund in 2023 to date:

  • Alejandro H. Aguilar
  • Scott Anderson
  • Ting Yi Bell
  • Jeana Curro
  • Joni Jablansky
  • Keith Kemplin
  • Ilona Lantos
  • Dana Meeker
  • Kelly Molino
  • Jim North
  • Cynthia Lynn Sampson
  • Anonymous (4)

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