Group Offers to Help Move Animals From Pata Zoo’s Barren Cages to Spacious Sanctuaries
Bangkok – International superstar Cher just blasted the Pata Zoo, the exotic-animal menagerie at the top of the Pata Department Store, on Twitter, writing that the zoo’s owner should be “locked in cages”. Her post follows a PETA investigation featuring a gorilla named Bua Noi, who has been imprisoned at the zoo for more than 30 years, and orangutans in barren cages, where they appeared to suffer from intense frustration and depression.
Last year, PETA protested outside the department store, resulting in a meeting with the zoo’s owner to discuss the conditions at the facility and the possibility of retiring the animals to a sanctuary. PETA has offered to transfer all of them to a sanctuary, where they would have trees to climb, grass to roll in, and many other animals to play with. Although the owner assured open communication to discuss the matter further – and even received a letter on PETA’s behalf from The Crown star Gillian Anderson – PETA has not received a response since.
“This decrepit department store zoo has kept a highly intelligent gorilla in solitary confinement since 1992,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA hopes Cher’s passionate plea will finally sway this zoo’s owner to allow us to move Bua Noi the gorilla and all the other long-suffering animals to sanctuaries.”
Just last month, Cher and her NGO Free the Wild facilitated the transfer of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant”, from a zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he was held alone, to a reputable sanctuary in Cambodia.
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.