USDA Cites Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation After PETA Tip

The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation in California was in hot water with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) again—this time, for allowing employees at a local juvenile detention facility to hold and take photographs with a 5-month-old snow leopard. After PETA reported the incident to the USDA, it cited the roadside zoo, noting that the “potentially dangerous animal was too large and too mature to be safely handled by members of the public.”

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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