Update: PETA Says Roadside Zoo’s Controversial Breeding Program Must Still End

For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Greeneville, Tenn. – Earlier today, PETA wrote to Brights Zoo to urge the facility not to ship a young male giraffe to a facility in Texas. Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders in response to Brights Zoo’s announcement that it has canceled this plan but will instead have a female giraffe shipped to it:

Brights Zoo thankfully listened to PETA and the numerous concerned citizens appalled by the thought of shipping a sensitive young giraffe to a facility linked to canned hunts. Giraffes are notoriously fragile animals who suffer physically and psychologically in both transit and captivity, and the next step is for Brights Zoo to end its breeding program altogether. When captive giraffes routinely display neurotic behavior and have died by the dozens in recent years, it is indefensible to breed baby giraffes in a transparent grab for ticket sales.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information can be found at PETA.org.

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