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Girls Gone Wild’s Joe Francis Attacks Zoos

Written by PETA | March 31, 2008

OK, so we’re not exactly rushing to sign this guy up as the next PETA spokesperson, but he’s certainly got it right about zoos. Joe Francis — the intellectual force behind the Girls Gone Wild series — just got done serving time in prison after a contempt of court citation that occurred during a civil lawsuit brought against him by seven women who were underage when they were filmed for his videos. Apparently, being behind bars has given him a new perspective on the stress and misery of enforced confinement: In an interview with The Sports Junkies (an inexplicably popular DC radio show devoted to professional sports and bathroom humor), Joe said that he will never look at zoos in the same way again, pointing out that “the animals don’t want to be there … it’s unnatural.”

Well, I guess we’ve got something in common, Joe. Actually, two things.

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  • KED says:

    OK a respectable organization such as PETA cannot seriously be supportive of this statement as being for animal rights. This guy was thrown in jail because he filmed underage girls naked without consent which was wrong. When he was released he goes on some radio talk show and makes an analogy about the work he did and he makes his analogy using a metaphor for zoos. Ok that makes sense but you cant seriously think he was trying to make a statement about animal rights or think that he was trying to point out to the world that animals shouldnt be in zoos. If PETA is supposed to be an organization for animal rights you would think they would be a little more supportive of zoos. Most zoos are there to help and rehabilitate animals. People who work at zoos are passionate about the health and safety of the animals and they work hard to ensure they are treated well and are kept healthy. Sure there are probably exceptions and yes the animals are technically in cages or a miniature version of their natural habitat. But if you think about it zoos are being helpful in that fashion because the animals in the zoo do not have to worry about trying to find a meal for the day since they are fed daily. They dont have to worry about the weather conditions since they will be kept safe from Mother Nature. Also they dont have to worry about being hunted down by another predator slaughtered mercilessly and made into that predators lunch. I know PETA is against animals being slaughtered inhumanely and then eaten. And what is more inhumane than having some creature rip you apart with its claws and teeth and then eating you. Animals in a zoo dont have to worry about this danger. So in fact zoos in general are like luxury vacation spots for animals and you would think the people of PETA would be for such an organization. Clearly the man who was arrested because of Girls Gone Wild was not trying to make a statement about animal cruelty nor was he trying to bring light on the zoo situation if there is one. This is quite a stretch for PETA to think he was a supporter of their cause. I didnt know they were that desperate for approval.

  • Melissa says:

    I have to agree with Holly on this. One good deed does not change a lifetime of sins…he is not much of a role model especially for people like my little sister who is always on this site.

  • Karen says:

    I agree with Smitty Maya and April. Lynda “no one is perfect” is not even CLOSE to being an acceptable excuse. Neither are the girls who are known as the “Trollsens” here and no one says that about them! Maybe we should also forgive Hitler if he had saved a dog from drowning……..

  • lynda downie says:

    Thanks alot for your comment Holly. I think we should build on the good people do and give credit where it’s due. Animals in zoos need a voice. Thankfully Joe Francis has given them his.

  • April says:

    As a PETA member it disgusts me that you give that pig Joe Francis any credit for anything! He exploits women and UNDERAGE GIRLS thus the confinement behind bars! PETA you’re great at what you do but please be more discriminating in whom you associate with and praise. Thank you.

  • Holly says:

    lynda downie is right. I think people who experence jail can relate to caged animals and should be a voice for the animals who suffer every day. this Joe Francis does have a following who may listen to him and possibly boycott zoo’s because of his experence.

  • Will DeJaungo says:

    Not an appropriate spokesperson says the group that has porn stars as spokes people. Your feigned morals sicken me.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    I agree with Smitty. PETA has given him the status of an animal defender which in the world of PETA is at the very least the status of admirable celebrity. One correct comment about zoos does not erase his real status as a pedophile predator.

  • Tamara says:

    Saucy Jack!

  • Jack says:

    Smitty please do try and read the posts before commenting. No one’s calling anyone a hero here. Thanks. jack

  • Smitty says:

    Are you kidding. Let’s make him out to be a hero? Just another reason why this world has officially gone crazy. Let’s protect the donkeys and elephants and not our children from predators like this. Let’s worry about hunting or fur and not stop the killing of unborn babies. And then offer B. Spears a job? That says it all. PETA is a farse.

  • lynda downie says:

    I agree Jack. Joe may not be perfect but who is? I’m proud of him for identifying with animals in zoos. All too often people don’t make the connection between their suffering and that of other animals in similar situations.

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