PETA statement re: New York cab driver brings Burmese python into car for prank

For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2014

Snakes are remarkable yet frequently misunderstood animals who have an acute sense of hearing. Being bombarded by shrieking passengers, slamming car doors, and threats of violence is extremely stressful for them. If Mr. Failla’s publicist insisted on contributing to the misconception that these living, feeling beings are “frightening,” surely a rubber snake tucked underneath the seat would have garnered similar—and certainly safer—reactions from unsuspecting passengers.

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