PETA Statement on Sale of Cassowary After Owner’s Death

For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Madison, Fla. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to the impending auction of more than 100 exotic animals who were owned by a recently deceased Florida man—including the cassowary who killed him:

PETA is calling for all these exotic animals to be transferred to reputable sanctuaries, where they wouldn’t be put on display for gawking tourists, used as breeding machines, or otherwise put at risk. One person has already died, and the last thing that these animals need is to be sold off to another person who isn’t able to care for them safely or properly.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a supremacist view of the world. For more information, please visit

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