Written by Jennifer OConnor
Lions will no
longer be forced to spend their days in the middle of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
in Las Vegas after the display closes for good on January 31.
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In their natural
savannah home, lions roam many miles of territory, hunt, raise their young, and
avoid all contact with blackjack tables and slot machines. But at the MGM Grand,
lions are confined to a display made of artificial rock and floor-to-ceiling
glass, allowing them no privacy and no opportunity to escape crowds of gawking tourists.
The stress and unnatural conditions led to at least two lion attacks
on handlers at the display, prompting PETA to successfully appeal
to the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration to cite the exhibitor,
Keith Evans, for workplace safety violations and to fine him. On top of the state
citations, Evans was also cited by federal officials for illegally declawing two
PETA had appealed
to the management of the Strip landmark for years to eliminate the cruel and
dangerous display, for which lions were hauled back and forth between the
casino and Evans' off-site facility. Now, we are offering to assist MGM with
placing the cats into reputable sanctuaries.
Please click here to give a roar of gratitude to MGM management for
discontinuing the display and to ask that they work with Evans to retire the lions to reputable
sanctuaries using funds that have been set aside for the animals' care.
Written by PETA
The biggest losers in Las Vegas are the animals who are used as entertainment props, such as the lions at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino—one of whom recently snapped and attacked a trainer. The event was caught on video. Just two years ago, another trainer was attacked by a lion in the display, and everyone remembers the attack involving Siegfried and Roy, who tried to disguise the incident by saying that the big cat was protecting the man who was dominating him—right, by grabbing him by the throat. These stressed, would-be-wild animals are ticking time bombs.
We have appealed to MGM management to do away with this old-fashioned display. Living in a casino and being forced into close contact with hoards of tourists is no life at all for wild animals. Lions are meant to roam freely across vast territories, exploring, playing with their cubs, and ruling the jungle.
Please tell the MGM management that you'll be spending your Vegas money elsewhere until the lion display is gone for good.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
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