Newspaper Ad Seeks Zoological Wildlife Foundation Whistleblowers

Tiger King Exposed Trafficking in Endangered Animals, Veterinary Care Failures, and Other Crimes—Now PETA Seeks Insiders to Report Abuse

For Immediate Release:
June 13, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Miami – After Tiger King gave the public a glimpse of the neglect and abuse that are prevalent at roadside zoos, PETA has placed an ad in Sunday’s edition of the Sun Sentinel to encourage employees and volunteers at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) and other roadside zoos to share their firsthand accounts at

“PETA wants to know what dirty secrets this roadside zoo may be hiding,” says PETA Foundation attorney Brittany Peet. “We urge kind insiders to speak up if they’ve witnessed the type of abuse, neglect, and trafficking in endangered species that the world saw on Tiger King.”

A whistleblower tip from inside The Mobile Zoo in Alabama led to the rescue of a chimpanzee and three bears, the closure of the facility, and the owners’ plea of guilty to 14 counts of cruelty to animals. Through whistleblowers, PETA has learned of egregious cruelty in countless facilities.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. The ad will also appear in the Wynnewood Gazette—the hometown paper of “Joe Exotic’s” former facility, now operated by Jeff Lowe and rebranded as “Tiger King Park”—and in the Myrtle Beach Sun News, hometown paper of the Waccatee Zoo and Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari.

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