Where do captive animals come from?

Animals held captive in zoos, circuses, aquariums, laboratories, and canned hunting ranches are often stolen from the wild or are bred in captivity. After animals in circuses, for example, have outlived their usefulness as performers, they are either permanently relegated to winter quarters (often cages) or are sold to other circuses, zoos, private menageries, game farms (where they are shot for “recreation” or for “exotic” meat), or even research laboratories.

We at PETA prefer to learn about animals on their terms, in their own natural environments—not at their expense. To learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at circuses, aquariums, zoos, and other facilities, see PETA’s factsheets on the use of animals in the “entertainment” industry.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind