PETA Statement re Death of Baby Panda at National Zoo

For Immediate Release:
August 26, 2015

From the moment that the first panda was born, the newborns were handled by humans and turned this way and that under the glaring camera lights. It was inevitable that the poor little cub was too unthrifty to survive, but in nature the mother would not have manipulated him, force-fed him, and treated him like an exhibit.

— PETA President Ingrid Newkirk


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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