PETA Statement: Giraffes Don’t Belong at Fairs

For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Dallas – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders in response to reports that a giraffe was startled by fireworks and was injured at the State Fair of Texas:

With its explosive fireworks and boisterous crowds, a fair is the last place a fragile giraffe should be. Loading and transporting these animals is so physically and psychologically distressing that zoological guidelines recommend against it unless absolutely necessary for the giraffes’ health and wellbeing. This giraffe’s life was put at risk so that someone could make a quick buck, and PETA urges kind people everywhere to stay away from any business that exploits giraffes or other wild animals for money.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—is calling on the State Fair of Texas to immediately stop hosting giraffe exhibits.

More information about traveling animal exhibits is available here.

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