Exotic-Animal Ban Spells Trouble for Traveling Exhibitor

For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Hillsboro, Ore. – Please see the following statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet regarding Washington County’s Exotic-Animal Ordinance that goes into effect today and will ban exotic animals as well as direct contact between members of the public and these animals:

Today marks a seismic shift for animals in Washington County and sends a clear message to animal-exploiting, opportunistic exhibitors such as A Walk on the Wild Side that using vulnerable big-cat cubs as photo op props has no place in today’s world. PETA helped push this ordinance forward, and our longstanding offer to arrange for the transfer of the animals from this cruel exhibitor to reputable sanctuaries is still on the table.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about A Walk on the Wild Side is available here.

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