For Immediate Release:
March 22, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Ochopee, Fla. – Today, a worker at Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours was attacked and had to be hospitalized after stepping into a tiger’s enclosure and sustaining injuries in an attack. Below, please see a statement from PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Debbie Metzler:
This incident could easily have turned deadly, but as long as the public believes it can ever be safe to pet a tiger, harass wild animals, or even step into their enclosures, this will happen again. That’s why PETA is pushing for the Big Cat Public Safety Act to pass and urging the public to avoid any place that exploits big cats for big bucks.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.