PETA Statement re Employee Reportedly Attacked at Wildlife in Need

For Immediate Release:
June 7, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Charlestown, Ind. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet in response to reports that an employee at Wildlife in Need was reportedly attacked today by a hyena:

PETA is aware of one hyena who is held in a virtually barren enclosure at Wildlife in Need and who has been documented displaying frantic stereotypic behavior indicative of extreme psychological distress. PETA is currently suing Tim and Melisa Stark over their practices of tearing big-cat cubs away from their mothers, amputating their toes at the final joint, and tormenting them for entertainment, and this latest incident is yet another reason why it is vital to continue fighting for every animal at Wildlife in Need to be moved to safe, reputable facilities capable of providing them with appropriate care.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and the group opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. Information about PETA’s ongoing lawsuit against Wildlife in Need is available here, and more information about PETA’s work for animals can be found here.

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