Parton, Lynn, Harris Champion Animals in New TV Spots

Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton have two new PETA public service announcements airing on television stations across the country. Parton donated the bluegrass song “Will He Be Waiting for Me?” for a spot starring comic Kathy Najimy as a woman rushing home at all odds to take her dog out, as a reminder that dogs need company and are miserable when neglected as shut-ins. Harris’ commercial was filmed inside Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and features the singer declaring, “I’m a proud member of some fine organizations. One is the Grand Ole Opry. Another is PETA. PETA distributes unwanted furs to the homeless, builds dog houses for poverty stricken families and has convinced cosmetics companies to replace animal tests with more reliable alternatives.” Public response has prompted PETA to produce a third spot with music donated by another country icon — Loretta Lynn. Her country hit “I Wanna Be Free” will be used in a commercial urging people not to leave their dogs chained outside with no shelter during freezing winter weather. 11/26/03