Justice: Abusive Tiger Exhibitor Charged With Five Counts of Cruelty Based on PETA Video

For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2016

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

We are pleased that criminal charges have been brought against Michael Hackenberger for the abuse of a tiger used in his exploitive zoo shows, and we hope that this case will result in an end to his torment of animals made to suffer for human entertainment. Hackenberger has supplied animals for numerous TV shows and films, including Life of Pi and The Interview. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—reported his abuse of the tiger named Uno in December 2015.

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