PETA Statement: Death of Azizi the Giraffe

For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2020

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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 premature death of Azizi the giraffe, the son of April, whose birth the Animal Adventure Park livestreamed in 2019:

How many giraffes have to suffer so that Animal Adventure Park gets some social media followers? Azizi wasn’t even 2 years old when he died of gastrointestinal disease, like so many other captive giraffes, and the roadside zoo is already trying to cash in on another giraffe’s pregnancy. PETA is calling on the park to stop its greedy breeding cycle and urging everyone who cares about wildlife to avoid exploitative roadside zoos like lives depend on it—because they do.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and we oppose speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. More information about the premature deaths of giraffes in captivity is available here.

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