PETA Statement: Death of April the Giraffe

For Immediate Release:
April 2, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Harpursville, N.Y. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Supervising Veterinarian Dr. Heather Rally in response to the recent death of April the giraffe, whose pregnancies and births Animal Adventure Park livestreamed:

The tragedy here isn’t that April died—it’s that she never knew a life without gawping spectators or livestream cameras, and neither will the babies who were taken from her and shipped off to other roadside zoos. PETA is calling on Animal Adventure Park to end this sorry cycle and stop using giraffe mothers as breeding machines for a few extra clicks.

More information about Animal Adventure Park is available here, and more information about the many risks that giraffes face in roadside zoos is available here.


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