Bowmanville Zoo to Close its Doors

Published by PETA.

The Bowmanville Zoological Park has announced that it will be closing its doors and blames a PETA undercover investigation that showed Bowmanville Zoo owner Michael Hackenberger mercilessly whipping a tiger and boasting about the pleasure he derives from intimidating and dominating animals. Our investigation dispels all doubts that not only should this animal prison close, it never should have opened.

If that’s not enough, there is always the tape in which Hackenberger swore at a monkey who failed to obey him quickly enough. The man’s a bully, he’s facing prosecution for cruelty, and we think condos will look better in Bowmanville where the zoo now stands.

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What You Can Do

Vote against cruelty with your wallet, and never buy tickets to any movie or live performance that uses wild animals. When their revenues take a hit, animal abusers take notice. For example, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced in 2015 that it is ending elephant acts because of the shift in public opinion on the use and abuse of animals for “entertainment.”

Report Abuse:

If you’ve witnessed cruelty and/or neglect during the production of a film, television show, or advertisement or at an animal-training compound, please click here to learn more about what you can do.


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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