PETA Statement on New Exotic-Animal Ban

For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Hillsboro, Ore.

Please see the following statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet regarding Washington County’s newly passed exotic-animal ordinance, which will ban exotic animals as well as direct contact between members of the public and exotic animals:


It’s a kinder place for animals in Washington County, where shoddy roadside zoos like A Walk on the Wild Side will no longer be able to use sensitive big-cat cubs for photo ops with the public. PETA supported this ordinance at every stage, and its longstanding offer to transfer the animals from this facility to reputable sanctuaries still stands.


PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about A Walk on the Wild Side is available here.

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