John Di Leonardo: June 6, 2019

HITTING THE GREAT OUTDOORS THIS SUMMER?

BE SURE YOU’RE TAKING AN ANIMAL FRIENDLY VACATION

 

IF SPENDING TIME WITH ANIMALS IS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST,

MAKE SURE YOU ARE SUPPORTING TRUE SANCTUARIES AND NOT ROADSIDE ZOOS

 

 

 

John Di Leonardo

Manager for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

 

Well-meaning tourists don’t always do right by animals when planning their vacations. From riding elephants, to gawking at bears who do tricks, to swimming with dolphins, we do not always see or understand exactly how these animals are being treated. The good news is that there are many animal-friendly activities one can choose, such as observing animals in their natural homes at nature preserves, or visiting reputable sanctuaries, both of which allow visitors to enjoy seeing animals without harassment or intrusion.

 

Many unscrupulous roadside zoos falsely present themselves as sanctuaries, when they’re the opposite. True sanctuaries provide animals with life-long homes, naturalistic habitats, and they never breed, buy, sell, or remove animals from their habitats for photo ops or other displays.

 

Did you know?

  • Just in the last 6 years, PETA has rescued 72 bears, 39 tigers, 11 chimpanzees, and two baboons from lives of deprivation, all of whom now live in reputable sanctuaries, where they have space to roam, and are finally able to exhibit many of the natural behaviors their relatives in the wild do.
  • There are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild. Like elephants used for rides, big cats, monkeys and other animals used for photo ops or other direct contact activities are also torn from their mothers—often within hours of birth. At facilities in Thailand, adult tigers may be heavily sedated or chained down.
  • Using dangerous animals in performances jeopardizes public safety and often puts children at greatest risk. Since 1990, scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others, including children, have been injured by dangerous captive animals.

 

On Thursday June 6th, John Di Leonardo is available to you and your listeners to discuss PETA’s recent rescues and help give tips to help notice abuse that’s often hidden from tourists.  He’ll also talk about all the ways people can enjoy seeing wild animals without harming them. 

 

For more information please visit www.peta.org

  

MORE ABOUT JOHN DI LEONARDO

John Di Leonardo is a manager for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). He leads PETA’s campaigns against the use of animals in entertainment—including in circuses, dolphinariums, roadside zoos, and dog-sledding operations—and oversees the group’s work with local activists to plan animal rights demonstrations across North America.

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