Bernadette Peters arrests protesters at annual dog adoption event

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Bernadette Peters, Tony Award winner and animal rights activist, silenced protesters at her 24th annual Broadway Barks event in New York this weekend.

The actress, who hosts the adoption event each year, walked the red carpet before delivering a speech. Other celebrities in attendance included Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster and Julianne Hough.

Peters, who is notoriously charitable, was able to continue the program after the brief hiatus. Watch the video below.

Protesters speak out

In a video shared on Twitter, Peters appeared to be halfway through when a group of protesters interrupted the actress and singer. It’s hard to understand what the protesters are saying in the video, but Peters had none of it.

She replied quickly, “Excuse me, you are preventing all the animals here from having a chance of being adopted. Isn’t that what you want? The audience responded with cheers and applause.

It is unclear what the protesters were advocating. A Twitter user speculated that they were protesting the operations of the Humane Society of New York, which has been accused of storing animals by ignoring adoption requests, closing doors to the public and failing to advocate for their animals on social media.

About Broadway Barks

Co-founded in 1998 by Peters and actress Mary Tyler Moore, Broadway Barks is an organization that advocates for pet adoption. The organization has grown tremendously since its inception, helping with thousands of adoptions.

Affiliated with several rescues across the country, the Broadway Barks foster “a sense of community among many animal shelters and rescue groups.” Broadway Barks also raises awareness about “responsible pet ownership, the importance of spaying and neutering, pet identification, and the impact pets have on our lives.”

If you want to learn more about Broadway Barks, visit their website here.

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