Zoo Worker Dead After Tiger Attack

Published by PETA.

A female zoo employee is dead after being mauled by a Malayan tiger at the Palm Beach Zoo in Florida.

Today’s incident is only the latest in a long list of fatal maulings around the world, and that list will continue to grow as long as tigers and other exotic animals are locked in cages and compounds for human amusement. In nature, tigers have home ranges of hundreds of miles, so it’s no wonder that confining them to small spaces causes them to lash out in frustration, stress, anxiety, and agitation because they’re denied their freedom and the ability to behave normally in every way—including choosing their mates, raising their young, and seeking privacy from prying eyes.

PETA sends our condolences to the zookeeper’s family and hopes that this incident will save human lives in the future by making zoos everywhere reconsider the confinement of big cats and other wildlife.

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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