Wild Animals in Entertainment Humane Pledge

I understand that many wild animals used for advertisements, films, and television productions are dangerous to humans and are often abused during training to prevent them from becoming aggressive or noncompliant on set. The animals may be subjected to food deprivation, beatings, and the use of electric-shock devices during preproduction training, and their living conditions are almost always abysmal and unacceptable. I am also aware that many wild animals used for entertainment have a short “career,” and trainers often discard these animals at poorly run roadside zoos and other substandard facilities when they grow old, become sick, or are simply no longer useful to their trainers.

Given these indisputable facts, our organization pledges not to use wild animals (including big cats, bears, wolves, elephants, primates, and other exotic species) for advertising, entertainment, or any other purpose.

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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