PETA Statement: Bowmanville Zoo Owner Swears at Baboon Who Fell off Miniature Horse

For Immediate Release:
August 28, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Below please find a statement from PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet in response to a video showing the owner of Bowmanville Zoo swearing at a baboon on live television:

The unguarded slip from a zoo owner who called a terrified baboon who he was forcing to ride on a miniature horse a “f***ing c***sucker” on live television is a window into the world that animals inhabit behind the scenes in circuses, at roadside zoos, and at other such outfits—where whips and beatings often follow threats and cursing. PETA is renewing its past calls for caring people everywhere to steer clear of this and other cruel displays that use and abuse animals.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” More information about our campaign is available at

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