For Immediate Release:
17 June 2020
Need a Job? PETA Is Hiring! Join the Animal Rights Brigade
As Unemployment Soars, Group Puts Out a Call for Kind and Committed Campaigners
Bangkok – With 7 million people nationwide reportedly out of work because of a deadly virus that jumped to humans from other animals at a meat market, PETA (which seeks to close such markets permanently) isn’t laying people off – it’s hiring.
PETA has won many victories for animals in Thailand, including the following: After its investigation of the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, at which elephants were repeatedly struck and gouged with bullhooks, its organisers announced that they would not seek permission for any further tournaments. The group’s campaign against the animal-tourism industry in Thailand resulted in Asia’s biggest travel company, Ctrip (now Trip.com), ending its ticket sales to the Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo after PETA released footage from the zoo of mahouts jabbing elephants with sharp metal spikes and of a tiger, a chimpanzee, an orangutan, and other animals being exploited as photo props.
“There’s never been a better time to join the fight for animal rights than during a global pandemic that arose from animal abuse and exploitation,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “If you’re kind and motivated to stop cruelty to animals, PETA wants to hear from you.”
PETA’s motto is “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way” – and the group opposes speciesism, the old human-held belief that, despite their extraordinary talents, abilities, and intelligence, all other animal species are inferior to our own.
Because of this prejudice, highly social primates are caged alone in laboratories; billions of chickens, pigs, cows, and others are hacked apart in abattoirs every year; elephants are beaten so tourists can ride them; and monkeys are chained and abused to perform for human entertainment. Every PETA staffer works to end this prejudice against other animals.