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PAINTED PROTESTERS CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF PATA ZOO
Nearly Naked PETA Members Ask That Exploited Captive Animals Be Allowed to ‘Show Their True Colors’
What: Covered from head to toe by little more than brightly colored bodypaint and holding a banner reading, “Let Animals Show Their True Colors,” members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will protest the horrifying and cruel conditions that animals are forced to live in at the Pata Zoo in the Pata Department Store on Monday. The zoo is located on the store’s sixth and seventh floors.
“Kanit Sermsirimongkol, Pata Zoo’s owner, needs to wake up and realize that there’s nothing entertaining about seeing animals suffering in decrepit conditions behind bars,” says PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “If he cared more about animals than pride and profit, he’d allow them to be transferred to sanctuaries, something that PETA has offered multiple times to help with.”
PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”) notes that the animals at the zoo—including Kat, an orangutan imprisoned with little opportunity for psychological stimulation or physical exercise, and Bua Noi, a gorilla who has been alone and behind bars since 1983—are confined to a concrete enclosure for life. PETA has offered to transfer all the animals to a sanctuary, where they would have trees to climb, grass to roll on, and many other animals to play with, but Sermsirimongkol has ignored the group’s requests.
Where: Outside Pata Department Store (near to Watsons), Bang Yi Khan, Bang Phlat, Bangkok
When: Monday, November 25, 12 noon sharp
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