PETA Statement re New Law: Wild Animals Banned From Parties

For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews in response to the Los Angeles City Council’s unanimous vote to ban public contact with dangerous animals and the exhibition of wild or exotic animals at house parties, in circuses, and in performing animal acts:

Using petrified penguins, bewildered big cats, and other wild animals as party props sentences sensitive animals to miserable, deprived lives in chains, cages, and trailers and can endanger partygoers when the animals get spooked. PETA supported this progressive ban every step of the way, and we look forward to seeing the lights go out on the days of dragging bears, giraffes, elephants, and lions to house parties.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. More information about wild-animal exhibitors is available here.


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