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A Times Square billboard backing Pete Davidson in his fight against PETA has been removed within 24 hours, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
The Center for Organizational Research and Education unveiled its new billboard featuring comedian Pete Davidson using his phrase ‘BDE’ — a play on words to mean ‘Buy a Dog Energy’ — in the heart of New York City early Wednesday morning.
It noted on the billboard that it is standing behind Davidson after the animal rights group criticized the Saturday Night Live star for buying a new dog for his mother from a breeder at a shop in the Big Apple rather than adopting a dog from a shelter.
But by Thursday the billboard was taken down, with sources at CORE telling DailyMail.com that the company that owns the billboard was bombarded with calls from the animal rights group and eventually caved into pressure from PETA representatives to take it down.
‘PETA was bullying them, tying up their phone lines and preventing them from normal business operations,’ spokesman Will Coggin told DailyMail.com.
He claimed their behavior was ‘very disruptive to the business,’ which ultimately decided to take it down.
But a spokeswoman for PETA told DailyMail.com that the calls to the billboard company came from its supporters ‘who were furious about this billboard’s attempt to distort PETA’s lifesaving work.’
The Center for Organizational Research and Education unveiled its new billboard featuring comedian Pete Davidson using his phrase ‘BDE’ — a play on words to mean ‘Buy a Dog Energy’ — in the heart of New York City early Wednesday morning. But it was taken down the next day
Davidson, 29, had come under fire from PETA executives for buying a dog from a breeder rather than adopting a dog last month. He is pictured here at the store with his girlfriend, Chase Sui Wonders
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Coggin accused the animal rights organization of not being able to take criticism.
‘They dish it but they can’t take it,’ he said, citing its previous ad campaign comparing eating chicken to the Holocaust.
The organization is now standing with Pete Davidson, he noted, because it believes his new dog stands a better chance of survival with him than at a shelter and that all dogs deserve a loving home.
‘It seems that PETA doesn’t believe that,’ he said.
But in a statement to DailyMail.com, a spokeswoman for PETA said: ‘This attack ad was from a front group for the puppy mill industry and other animal abusing industries that have a financial interest in propagating misinformation about PETA’s rescue team, which is on call 24/7 to offer relief to abused and suffering animals and provide end-of-life services for people who can’t afford to pay for their sick and dying animals to be put to sleep.’
She added that the organization’s offices ‘were inundated with calls from people who were furious about this billboard’s attempt to distort PETA’s lifesaving work, and many of them surely called the billboard company, as well—especially since New York State lawmakers have taken lifesaving measures to end the sales of dogs from puppy mills (effective next year).
‘This billboard and anyone who supports it is on the wrong side of history—and that the best way to help dogs is to adopt from shelters, and never buy from breeders or pet stores.’
PETA’s Senior VP of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch expressed her disappointment at his decision not to adopt in a statement
It is unclear whether the shop where Davidson purchased his mother’s new dog is a puppy mill — which kills dogs over a certain age.
Davidson, 29, was spotted picking up the new dog from a breeder at a shop in New York City alongside his actress girlfriend Chase Sui Wonders last month.
PETA’s Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch later expressed her disappointment at his decision not to adopt in a statement.
‘It’s tragic that Pete didn’t seek out a borough-born mutt from a city animal shelter, because a scrappy New Yorker with charm, personality, and unconventional handsomeness could have been his perfect match,’ she said.
‘Since shelters in New York and across the country are overflowing with homeless animals, PETA urges Pete to show some big heart energy by adopting, not shopping, in the future.
The star replied to PETA’s criticism by leaving an unhinged voicemail to the group in which he screamed ‘f*** you, suck my d***’ as he explained that he had to get a specific dog breed because he is ‘severely allergic.’
He said he had to get the cavapoo — a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a poodle — because it is considered safe for allergy sufferers due to its low-shed coat.
‘Hi my name is Pete Davidson, this message is for Daphna,’ he began.
‘Thank you so much for making comments publicly that I didn’t adopt a dog. I just want to let you know I am severely allergic to dogs so I have to get a specific breed.
‘I am only not allergic to cavapoos and those type of dogs.’
And then he explained the new pet was in fact for his mom after her previous dog died at the age of two.
The comedian continued: ‘My mom’s f****** dog who was two years old died a week prior and we’re all so sad so I had to get a specific dog.
‘So why don’t you do your research before you f****** create news stories for people because you’re boring… ‘
And he angrily ended the message with ‘F*** and suck my d****.’
Davidson later left the PETA executive a voicemail explaining that he needed a hypoallergenic dog and that the new pet is for his mother
The animal rights charity said there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog and that the specific breed Davidson purchased can be adopted from shelters.
‘Our hearts go out to Pete and the rest of the Davidson family for the loss of their beloved dog, but there’s no excuse for promoting the puppy mill industry by buying a dog from a pet store when millions of wonderful dogs await loving homes in animal shelters,’ a spokesman said.
‘We know Pete cares about animals and was trying to do a nice thing for his family, but he has millions of impressionable fans and his choices matter—so the next time he’s ready to welcome an animal into the family, we hope he makes the compassionate choice to adopt, not buy.’
Davidson has admitted he was unware he could ‘adopt a specific hypoallergenic dog’ and was told ‘it wasn’t an option, and if it was, it was rare’.
He pointed to how his family were struggling following the death of his mom’s dog.
‘I haven’t seen my mom and sister cry like that in over 20 years. I was trying to cheer up my family. I was already upset that the store had filmed me without my permission or acknowledgement,’ he told TMZ.
‘Then this organization (PETA) made a public example of us, making our grieving situation worse. I am upset. It was a poor choice of words. I shouldn’t have said what I said, but I am not sorry for standing up for myself and my family.’
Source: DailyMail UK