Champagne corks are popping at PETA, as The Mirage in Las Vegas has announced that tigers have been moved from the Secret Garden to two facilities verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, following PETA’s appeals to Mirage’s owner, Hard Rock International.
Here is a statement in response from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Welfare Debbie Metzler:
“What happens in Vegas shouldn’t always stay in Vegas, and that’s certainly the case for the tigers at the Secret Garden, who have now left Sin City for spacious new sanctuary homes in Oregon and Texas. Kind tourists today won’t go anywhere near cruel and archaic animal acts like those from Siegfried & Roy, and these dangerous spectacles have all but done a disappearing act from the Strip.”
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is an international animal rights organization. It was founded in 1980 by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco and is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. PETA’s mission is to promote the ethical and compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent their mistreatment and exploitation.
PETA is known for its advocacy campaigns, which often involve high-profile stunts, protests, and media outreach to raise awareness about animal rights issues. The organization focuses on various areas such as factory farming, animal testing, fur farming, the use of animals in entertainment, and other forms of animal exploitation.
PETA is opposed to any form of animal cruelty and promotes a vegan lifestyle as a means to reduce harm to animals. They work to change laws and regulations, conduct investigations into animal abuse, rescue animals from harmful conditions, and engage in public education campaigns.
It’s worth noting that PETA has been a controversial organization, with some critics accusing them of extremism or of not prioritizing human interests. However, they have also garnered support and praise from individuals and groups who advocate for animal welfare and rights.
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 PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.