For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Las Vegas – Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom announced this morning that Jay Owenhouse has withdrawn his land use application to confine three tigers to a parking lot near the Las Vegas Strip for a year-long magic show. The announcement comes just a day before the Clark County Board of County Commissioners was scheduled to vote on his application and follows stiff opposition from PETA, locally based CompassionWorks International (CWI), and many local residents as well as recommendations from the Winchester Town Advisory Board and county planning staff that the project be denied.
Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews:
After PETA, CompassionWorks International, and a groundswell of local residents roared that tigers aren’t magic-show props, this beleaguered exhibitor realized that his application to exploit big cats was doomed. Today’s news that big cats won’t be confined to metal cages in the Nevada desert is helping 2022 begin on a high note.
Please also see the following statement from CWI Executive Director Carrie LeBlanc:
By overwhelmingly opposing Jay Owenhouse’s cruel and dangerous tiger magic show, the people of Clark County have shown that wild-animal shows aren’t welcome here, and our community is a safer and kinder place for it.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.