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Payback: When Prisoners Revolt

Written by PETA | March 31, 2010
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Two separate attacks on people by angry, frustrated, imprisoned animals over the weekend has this gal wondering: Are zoo prisoners launching a sort of global Attica-style revolt? Let’s consider the evidence.

Exhibit A: At Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island, 20-year-old Griffy, a so-called “towering beast” of a giraffe, head-butted a zookeeper, who luckily managed to stagger out of the enclosure to safety. Zoo officials downplayed the attack, calling it a “playful” accident. Really?

And exhibit B: At the Byculla Zoo in Mumbai, a 55-year-old elephant named Laxmi attacked a man who entered the pen that she shares with another elephant, Anarkali, who is 46. Laxmi is old and ailing, and a month ago she was the subject of an urgent appeal by PETA India, which urged that she be removed from the zoo, where she has been chained and beaten. Anarkali, too, has been abused in this zoo, and PETA India wants the two of them moved to a sanctuary. The man was severely injured when he was removed from the enclosure and was declared dead shortly thereafter.

So tell us: Are animals like Griffy, Laxmi, and Tilly—who were meant to roam or swim for miles but are instead imprisoned in tiny pens or pools—simply being “playful” with zookeepers? Is this behavior uncharacteristic? Or are they revolting against their cruel confinement, their loss of freedom, and the fact that they are deprived of a real life?

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Judith says:

    Griffin is the gentlest of souls and is very much taken with one of the lady zookeepers. I doubt that this was anything but an accident knowing them both.

  • Lois says:

    I am always glad when animals kill the humans that exploit and abuse them. Recently a bull fighter was badly injured when the bull’s horn impaled his lower jaw. Unfortunately the man survived and the bull was killed when it should have been the other way around.

  • Linda says:

    I also believe that the animals are fighting back. They are like children and we all know that even our children know it is just plain wrong to beat or abuse ANY animal.

  • Juanita Fields says:

    I agree that these animals are too smart to be held captive.

  • carla says:

    Human beings are without a doubt the most ignorant of all!!!!!!

  • sheila depolo says:

    I agree 100 humans are ignorant. I just started really reading things on this site not to long ago. Everytime I log on I feel sick I can’t ever imagine treating any person or animal this way. I have a cat and she is the love of my life. I found her in the city when she was a kitten someone just tossed her out like trash. She is such a joy to be around and adds so much fun and love to my life. We all really need to wake up and stop all of this abuse.

  • Devon says:

    I find it amusing how people think that taking an animal out of the wild and putting them into a cage DRASTICALLY smaler in size compared to what they were meant to be in is okay. wouldn’t you get upset if someone came into your home and in some cases beat you and restrained you and then put you into a dog crate so people could stare at you and feed you popcorn? Humans are ignorant.

  • Debra Dephillips says:

    GO ANIMALS being sweet and docile hasn’t helpedmaybe its the only way humans will ever get it?

  • Andre Inglis says:

    These animal exploiters will get little sympathy from the public. These days people are aware that animals belong in their native environments. It’s typical for these organisations to pass the event off as playful activity though I question if the families of the man and woman who died are buying into it. It’s getting to the point where these exploiters are digging themselves under. Their actions speak for themselves.

  • Sarah says:

    yep. animals are fighting for happiness not for money

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