PETA Statement: Transfer Ndume for His Only Chance for Companionship

For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Redwood City, Calif. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet regarding The Gorilla Foundation’s pending counterclaim against the Cincinnati Zoo, which filed a lawsuit against the foundation to return the lone gorilla Ndume to the zoo in order to enjoy the company of a bachelor group of gorillas:

Ndume has spent much of his time isolated in a trailer at The Gorilla Foundation, which has racked up so many animal-welfare violations for unsafe conditions for both gorillas and staff members as well as inadequate veterinary care that no North American gorilla facility would consider moving a gorilla there. The foundation is no sanctuary, and if it cared about Ndume’s welfare, it would not file a baseless counterclaim challenging his transfer to the Cincinnati Zoo but would allow him to start a new life there as part of a bachelor group of gorillas.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and we’ve posted additional information about Ndume here.

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