A federal court ruled in favor of Ndume, a gorilla who spent several months completely isolated from others of his species after Koko, the famed signing gorilla, passed away in June 2018. The Cincinnati Zoo fought to offer Ndume a more appropriate environment with opportunities for socialization and provide him with expert care. PETA filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief to support the transfer, and nearly 68,000 PETA members and supporters wrote to The Gorilla Foundation asking that it move Ndume without delay. Now, the Cincinnati Zoo and The Gorilla Foundation have come to an agreement on Ndume’s transfer, which will take place in mid-May—nearly a year after Koko’s death.
“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