For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2017
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Captive Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Heather Rally regarding the Pittsburgh Zoo’s defense of video footage showing penguins scrambling in terror from fireworks at the Stadium Series this past weekend:
These penguins were terrified into a flight response—there’s simply no refuting that. While human beings were able to realize that the fireworks were merely startling and not dangerous, these penguins were obviously frightened and attempted to flee. True enrichment involves a safe and familiar environment, where animals have some choice and control over what they do, not booming pyrotechnics and a boisterous hockey crowd. The Pittsburgh Zoo should know this and do better by the animals in its care.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information is available at PETA.org.