For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2016
David Perle 202-483-7382
Manaus, Brazil – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcemetment Brittany Peet in response to today’s killing of a jaguar who was used as a mascot during an Olympic torch ceremony in Manaus:
Even in her reportedly drugged state, this jaguar knew to bolt from her life of misery the second she could, and she paid for her yearning for freedom with her life. When will we learn? Wild animals held captive and forced to do things that are frightening, sometimes painful, and always unnatural are ticking time bombs—our actions put them and humans at risk. PETA urges everyone who is upset by the needless death of this jaguar, the gorilla Harambe, or countless other exploited wild animals to stay far away from any business that puts living beings on display for human amusement.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” For more information, please visit PETA.org.