Think you have to catch a plane to go on safari? Not necessarily.
Like so many other misadventures of PETA (and other animal activists), it ended badly.
PETA tried to go viral with their ‘shoot selfies not animals’ social media campaign… but it got hijacked by hunters.
And then there were the morons who tried to ‘free’ the animals from the mink farm. Thousands died.
In that great tradition, PETA was bragging, earlier this year, about forcing the circus to close down.
All other animal circuses, roadside zoos, and wild animal exhibitors, including marine amusement parks like SeaWorld and the Miami Seaquarium, must take note: society has changed, eyes have been opened, people know now who these animals are, and we know it is wrong to capture and exploit them.
Thank you to everyone who has picked up a protest sign, passed out leaflets, written letters, shared videos, called legislators, spoken to family, and been part of this relentless pursuit of freedom for animals. This would not have happened without you. — PETA
So, a few short months after their gloating, where did the animals that they ’emancipated’ go to have their better life?
In the case of one tiger… the streets of Atlanta — to get shot.
No, you didn’t miss an episode of The Walking Dead. This was really in the news.
A tiger named Suzy, who had formerly been with the Ringling Brothers Circus, celebrated this newfound freedom by being shot dead in Atlanta, after hunting a dog.
A tiger shot and killed after wandering loose around a suburban Atlanta neighborhood was a circus performer named Suzy.
The 6-year-old Bengal tiger managed to escape from a transport truck carrying 14 of the big cats from Florida to Tennessee, officials said late Wednesday.
Circus presenter and big cat trainer Alexnder Lacey owned Suzy, Feld Entertainmnt Inc. spokesman Stephen Payne told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lacey was contracted to work with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
…The 14 tigers on board the truck were all owned by Lacey and were the last to be shipped from a property in Tampa that housed the animals after the circus closed, Payne said. The tigers, originally from Great Britain, were headed to a Tennessee airport where they would fly to Germany, he said. The company is not releasing where in Tennessee the tigers were being transported. — AJC
They were being transported BECAUSE there was no more circus.
So, technically, Suzy could still be alive today if it weren’t for them closing the circus.
But reading their headlines about pet euthanasia, maybe they’re ok with Suzy being shot dead.
At PETA’s shelter, most animals are put down. PETA calls them mercy killings.