Following PETA’s successful Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit against Tri-State Zoological Park in Maryland, a lion named Peka and two tigers named Cheyenne and Mowgli were transferred to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado and are recovering following years of neglect. PETA’s lawsuit alleged that Tri-State harmed and harassed two lemurs, five tigers, and two lions in violation of federal law by displaying them in decrepit enclosures without appropriate companionship, potable water, or proper enrichment, food, or shelter and by denying them adequate veterinary care. The court ruled in our favor on every issue presented at trial, describing conditions for ESA-protected animals at the facility as “fetid and dystopic.” Tri-State has appealed, and that appeal remains pending.
“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