For Immediate Release:
March 19, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Harpursville, N.Y. – Animal Adventure Park, a roadside zoo in upstate New York, just released another livestream video of a giraffe named April giving birth to her sixth baby—and now, a new PETA video exposes the dark side of breeding her and other giraffes over and over again in a cheap bid for publicity.
In the video, PETA Foundation Supervising Veterinarian Dr. Heather Rally explains that, although giraffe mothers and their offspring form strong bonds and, in nature, may stay together for their entire lives, all of April’s offspring have been taken from her before they reached 18 months old—some almost immediately after birth—and most have been sent to other roadside zoos. These facilities often fail to meet the animals’ most basic needs, and most of them have been repeatedly cited for animal-welfare violations.
“Animal Adventure Park is using a sensitive animal as a birthing machine and sentencing her young, dependent offspring to equally miserable lives in captivity,” says Dr. Rally. “PETA urges everyone to turn away from the sordid ‘giraffe cam’ and to demand that this facility end its harmful breeding program and stop treating a mother’s vulnerable, intimate moments of giving birth like reality television.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, the human-supremacist viewpoint that other species are ours to breed, display, and sell for profit or amusement. More information about April is available here.