West Virginia Festival Cancels Animal Exhibits

January 2003

PETA contacted organizers of Fayette County, West Virginia’s annual Bridge Day festival after learning that an animal exhibitor with a history of violating federal animal welfare guidelines was allowed to bring an infant tiger for photo ops with the public. We outlined the cruelty and public-safety issues associated with allowing the public to hold and pose for photos with a tiger. Festival organizers responded right away to notify PETA that animal exhibits would no longer be allowed at Bridge Day events!

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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