Statement From PETA: Death Toll Rises at Dangerous Fresno Chaffee Zoo

For Immediate Release:
October 15, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet released a statement in response to the recent death of a capybara at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo:

How many animals have to die badly before the Fresno Chaffee Zoo admits that it is unable to provide animals with a safe environment? Just days after a baby giraffe died after running headlong into a fence, a capybara has apparently lost his or her life because of an attack by an anteater. These two species rarely interact in nature, and their compatibility in forced proximity should never have been assumed. PETA urges all families to steer clear of this deathtrap for animals.

After last weekend’s death of a baby giraffe, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—called for an end to the zoo’s giraffe breeding program. More information is available at

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