PETA Statement: Endangered Species Safe From Tri-State Zoo

For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Cumberland, Md. – The Supreme Court has denied Tri-State Zoological Park’s petition to review PETA’s victory in its federal Endangered Species Act lawsuit against the notorious roadside zoo. Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Litigation Caitlin Hawks:

The champagne corks are popping at PETA at the long-awaited news that no more threatened and endangered species will endure, in the words of a federal court, “early and tragic” deaths at this “fetid and dystopic” roadside zoo. And the ball is already rolling on another lawsuit—one that aims to get the dozens of animals not protected under the Endangered Species Act out of this hellhole.

More information about PETA’s legal battles against Tri-State is available here.

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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