Bangkok — Watsons and Lotus’s have confirmed to PETA that they won’t renew their leases at the Pata Department Store, citing animal welfare concerns regarding the widely denounced Pata Zoo on the top floors—so this morning, PETA handed a letter to Pata Zoo Director Kanit Sermsirimongkol offering to help get the animals to reputable sanctuaries. A new video of the decrepit zoo can be seen here.
“Imprisoning animals in barren concrete cages isn’t just cruel—it’s also bad for business,” says PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “If Pata Zoo doesn’t want to be the only tenant left at the Pata Department Store, it’ll work with PETA to get these long-suffering animals to spacious sanctuary homes.”
The animals in Pata Zoo’s dark cages include Kat, an orangutan with little opportunity for psychological stimulation or physical exercise, and Bua Noi, a gorilla who has been alone and behind bars since 1983. At sanctuaries, they would have trees to climb, grass to roll in, and many other animals to play with.
Other tenants, such as Dunkin’, previously left the Pata Department Store. PETA has also written to MR.DIY, Cute Press, Oriental Princess, and AIS Telewiz, which are still tenants at the Pata Department Store, asking them to push for the animals to be transferred to a sanctuary.
Images of animals at Pata Zoo are available upon request.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.