After PETA appealed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the serious health hazards involved in big-cat cub-petting events now that the novel coronavirus has been found in captive big cats, the USDA announced that it would issue an advisory note recommending, in part, that exhibitors encourage members of the public to keep at least 6 feet away from big cats, which, if followed, will effectively end all big-cat cub-petting events during the pandemic.
“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