Bangkok – After hearing from PETA about the suffering of animals at the Samutprakan Zoo, Novotel Bangkok IMPACT, which is part of Accor, has stopped promoting the cruel facility on its website.
Workers at the Samutprakan Zoo, which filed for bankruptcy a few weeks ago, violently hit animals like tigers and crocodiles for photos, jab sharp metal spikes into elephants to make them do “stunts”, and cage or chain other animals like chimpanzees. PETA’s investigations of the zoo are available to watch here and here.
“We’re delighted Novotel Bangkok IMPACT will no longer promote the horrific Samutprakan Zoo, which is also known as the worst zoo in the world, to its guests,” says PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA will continue to urge all companies to stop promoting or selling tickets to the notorious zoo until it’s permanently shut down.”
Following PETA’s video exposé of the Samutprakan Zoo, a National Geographic report exposing cruelty at the facility, and an online PETA petition with nearly 100,000 supporters, Trip.com Group (owner of Ctrip, Skyscanner, and Tours4fun) and many others stopped selling tickets to the zoo.
This month, PETA filed an urgent complaint to the police and sent a letter to the Minister of Public Health, urging them to ban photo opportunities with exotic animals at the Samutprakan Zoo because of the serious risk that the novel coronavirus will be transmitted from humans to other animals and vice versa.
Downloadable broadcast-quality video footage and photographs from PETA’s latest investigation 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.