PETA Statement: Deaths Are Inevitable When Roadside Zoos Imprison Animals

For Immediate Release:
December 31, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Burlington, N.C. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet in response to Sunday’s deaths at the Conservators Center:

Humans and captive animals will keep losing their lives as long as unaccredited roadside zoos like the so-called “Conservators Center” keep imprisoning dangerous animals for entertainment. PETA is urging the public to stay away from such facilities and calling on North Carolina lawmakers to safeguard human lives by making it illegal for any non-accredited facility to possess wild and exotic animals and subject them to the misery of being denied everything that’s natural and important to them.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” For more information, please visit

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