The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ordered Tim Stark and Wildlife in Need (WIN) to pay PETA fees and costs totaling $733,997.70 in relation to our victory under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Because Stark and WIN already owed us $19,234.40 in unpaid fee awards, we’ll be seeking to recover $753,232.10. The award follows our groundbreaking litigation success that resulted in the rescue of 25 big cats and established that declawing big-cat cubs, separating them from their mothers, and holding cub-petting events violate the ESA.
“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