PETA Statement: Fire at Wildlife in Need Kills 41 Animals

For Immediate Release:
January 13, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA Foundation Deputy Director Brittany Peet released the following statement in response to reports that 41 animals died in a fire at Wildlife in Need’s facility:

According to reports, 41 animals are dead from a fire at a facility known for its long history of callous abuse and neglect. Just months ago this roadside zoo was cited for physically abusing tiger cubs. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture reportedly seeks to revoke this facility’s license, PETA hopes to see this new investigation handled swiftly, and we look forward to seeing this hellhole out of business for good and all the surviving animals relocated to reputable sanctuaries.

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

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