High School Bans Live Animals Following Outrage Over Caged Tiger at Prom

Christopher Columbus High School in Miami came under fire this past weekend following disturbing reports that wild animals were used for its prom. The “regrettable” decision—as the principal called it—involved a tiger who was wheeled out onto the dance floor and forced to endure flashing lights, fire dancers, and rowdy teenagers. A lemur, a fennec fox, and birds were also exploited for human amusement. Less than 24 hours after learning from PETA’s humane education division—TeachKind—that using animals in this way is cruel, dangerous, and teaches students all the wrong lessons, the school has implemented a ban on using live animals for future events!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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