Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 1030, which bans public contact with dangerous captive animals, including bears, primates, and certain big cats. In effect, this will eliminate cruel cub-petting operations in the Commonwealth. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2021. PETA supported this bill at legislative hearings and encouraged our members and supporters in Virginia to contact their legislators.
“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