Zoo Is Warned: Chrissie Hynde Is Sharpening Her Claws

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Chrissie Hynde


When PETA pal Chrissie Hynde learned that the organizers of her band’s summer tour included a date at the Weesner Amphitheater—which is located at the Minnesota Zoo—the staunch zoo opponent wasn’t pleased.

Then she learned that animals from the Minnesota Zoo’s petting zoo are routinely sent to livestock auctions.

Chrissie has never shied away from an opportunity to speak up for animals who are being exploited, so she fired off an e-mail to the zoo director, Lee Ehmke, in which she wrote:

I am disappointed to learn that the zoo sells its petting zoo animals to slaughter at the end of the season. How can a zoo invite children to touch and play with and express joy over animals for their uniqueness, only to turn around and sell those very animals to slaughter?

Well, the zoo didn’t agree to stop shipping off once-petted goats and sheep to slaughter. Instead, it canceled Chrissie’s show!

You better bet she’ll have some choice words about it to share with Pretenders fans.

Written by Karin Bennett

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