Yoga Hive Philly Promises No More Animals at Events

PETA Praises Studio for Nixing Animal Exhibits After Talks With the Group

For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Philadelphia – There were to be monkeys and other wild animals at Yoga Hive Philly‘s anniversary celebration this year, but those plans were scratched after the studio listened to PETA and its supporters’ appeals.

“Wild animals belong in the wild and aren’t props for human entertainment, so we praise Yoga Hive Philly for making the kind decision not to use any animals in its events,” says PETA Primatologist Julia Gallucci. “PETA encourages all other yogis to be warriors for animals by never attending events that exploit them.”

Most monkeys used for fairs, traveling exhibits, and photo ops are sold as infants by animal breeders or dealers, who remove the babies from their mothers prematurely—a practice that denies them the maternal care and nurturing that they need for normal development. When not being displayed, they’re often locked inside cages or shackled with chains and shipped from city to city. Primates and other captive exotic animals are typically trained through violence and intimidation to make them compliant.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview that fosters violence toward other animals. For more information, please visit

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