PETA Statement: Camel Attack Leaves Two Dead, No Past Lesson Learned

For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Obion, Tenn. – Yesterday, a stressed camel from Shirley Farms petting zoo attacked and killed two bystanders. The camel paid with his life. Below, please see a statement from PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Debbie Metzler:

Shirley Farms has a history of failing to have employees supervise interactions with camels, among many other citations for violating federal law, so this incident is tragic yet unsurprising. Injuries abound when animals are exploited for entertainment, and PETA urges everyone to avoid sleazy roadside attractions as if lives depended on it—because they do.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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