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Chris DeRose

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Chris DeRose
Born (1948-06-28) June 28, 1948 (age 76)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Years active1963–2010

Chris DeRose (born June 28, 1948) is an American animal rights activist,[1] and recipient of the 1997 ‘Courage of Conscience’ International Peace Award and a former actor. He appeared as a regular on the ABC series San Pedro Beach Bums, General Hospital, Cagney and Lacey, CHiPs, The Rockford Files and Baretta. He also had lead or guest roles in 14 feature films. He was an on-camera reporter for the television shows Hard Copy and Inside Edition. Earlier, he worked as a police officer and as an investigator. [citation needed]

Life and work[edit]

DeRose was born in Brooklyn, New York, and at age five, he went into an orphanage in New Jersey. He is the founder and president of Last Chance for Animals (LCA) and the author of the book In Your Face: From Actor to Animal Activist. DeRose has been arrested 12 times and jailed four times for opposing animal cruelty, including his participation in a break-in at the UCLA Brain Research Institute in 1988. DeRose was fired from General Hospital when he was sentenced to jail for the break-in. [citation needed]

DeRose appeared in the 2006 HBO documentary Dealing Dogs, along with an undercover animal rights activist known as "Pete" and other investigators of Last Chance for Animals. They uncovered mistreatment of animals on a large scale at Class B animal dealer C.C. Baird at Martin Creek Kennels in Arkansas. They were successful in closing the operation (which was the largest in the U.S.). Dealing Dogs profiles LCA's undercover investigation that was designed to expose Martin Creek Kennel's inhumane treatment of dogs and violations of the Animal Welfare Act. DeRose said he hoped Dealing Dogs would speed the passage of the Pet Safety and Protection Act, which, when passed, will put Class B dealers out of business.[citation needed]

DeRose arranged for two undercover Asian operatives to secretly videotape the butchering of a dog for food from Wisconsin Class B animal dealer Irving Stebane for the Hmong community. Felony charges were filed against the dealer, but in June 1993, Calumet County circuit judge Donald Poppy ruled the case constituted illegal entrapment and ordered the return of 143 dogs which had been seized. DeRose had arranged for all the dogs to be rescued.

DeRose received the 1997 Courage of Conscience International Peace Award for his commitment to saving animals and exposing animal abuse in entertainment, medical research and food production. In 2006, he became the Director of Animal Welfare for West Hollywood, California. [citation needed]

On March 4, 2008, DeRose posted a video response on YouTube calling out the American Marine David Motari, who threw a puppy off a cliff in Iraq. DeRose called the marines in the video cowards, and asked for an investigation. Motari was removed from the Marine Corps and received a non-judicial punishment. His accomplice, Sergeant Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, received a non-judicial punishment as well.[2][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chris DeRose: The Warrior", Sue Russell Writes, Brntwd Magazine, USA, 2001
  2. ^ "Video appears to show Marine abusing puppy". CNN. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  3. ^ Mount, Mike (13 June 2008). "Puppy-throwing Marine is removed from Corps". CNN. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  4. ^ Rose Hayes (5 March 2008). "Puppy thrown off cliff". YorkDailyRecord. Retrieved 11 February 2023.

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