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Zoo Is Warned: Chrissie Hynde Is Sharpening Her Claws

Written by PETA | June 10, 2009

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Chrissie Hynde


When PETA pal Chrissie Hynde learned that the organizers of her band’s summer tour included a date at the Weesner Amphitheater—which is located at the Minnesota Zoo—the staunch zoo opponent wasn’t pleased.

Then she learned that animals from the Minnesota Zoo’s petting zoo are routinely sent to livestock auctions.

Chrissie has never shied away from an opportunity to speak up for animals who are being exploited, so she fired off an e-mail to the zoo director, Lee Ehmke, in which she wrote:

I am disappointed to learn that the zoo sells its petting zoo animals to slaughter at the end of the season. How can a zoo invite children to touch and play with and express joy over animals for their uniqueness, only to turn around and sell those very animals to slaughter?

Well, the zoo didn’t agree to stop shipping off once-petted goats and sheep to slaughter. Instead, it canceled Chrissie’s show!

You better bet she’ll have some choice words about it to share with Pretenders fans.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Jackie Libis says:

    I wrote a paper for a Bio class in which I noted how creepy the petting Zoo attendants seemed as they held the pelts of the animals in the cages for the children to touch. Now we know where they come from. Cruelty like this needs to be realized in a bigger form. Thanks for helping spread the message!

  • Ingrid Griffith says:

    Thanks Chrissie for defending all animals. You have reminded me that I need to contact our local animal park aka snctuary until slaughter park as well. Thank you for your kind heart and strong will. Ingrid

  • Phil Stewart says:

    Chrissie Hynde your supersonic! I will never forget you coming into my restaurant. Thanks for what you do.

  • Carla says:

    I guess the truth hurt and instead of owning up to it they did the only thing they knew how. It really wasn’t that much of a loss. The zoo loser Chrissie Hynde… priceless!!

  • Denise says:

    Wow I have taken my kids to the Minnesota Zoo and never knew this. I have been there several times since I live so close. If this is what they do to their animals I will never go there again. I can also remember going to the Como Zoo and seeing the polar bears walking back and forth in a dry pit the other was swimming in a pool and would do repeatative back flips and swim all over again since the area was so small. The one polar bear had a bad sore on his back. How can they treat their animals like this?

  • matt says:

    Right on Chrissie! This is the beauty of someone like Chrissie who is big enough to sell out arenas but who has a heart too big to compromise and buckle to people who just dont “get it” about animals…the zoo canceled the show? Big deal…the press surrounding this will send the clear message. Rock on Chrissie!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    There is only one Chrissie Hynde and she’s been at the forefront of the animal rights movement for decades. This great vocalist and band leader has been good friends with fellow vegetarians Linda McCartney Morrissey and Jeff Beck for years. Chrissie is also a very spiritual person evidenced by the fact that she fights for all God’s creatures.

  • Pepsi One is Fun says:

    Good for her. What I don’t get is the point of sending petting zoo animals to the livestock auctions. They are still alive and petable. So why just murder them? Its not like they are any less unpetable because they are old.

  • Michael Essi says:

    Thank you Chrissie for standing up for animals! Although I’m sorry that your show got canceled I’m sure you would have done so yourself to prove a point! One day we will all look back on zoos as one of humanities big mistakes and future generations will wonder “What the fck were they thinking!”

  • Darlene says:

    Chrissie is in a class of her own!