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For Immediate Release:
January 5, 2004
Lisa Wathne 757-622-7382, ext. 1329
David Perle 757-622-7382, ext. 1410
PETA ASKS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO REVOKE NONPROFIT STATUS OF SQUALID ANIMAL "SANCTUARY"Investigation of Amarillo Menagerie Reveals Animals Living and Dying in Filth
Austin, Texas - What happens to chimpanzees once they become too old to "perform" in movies like the remake of Planet of the Apes? A recent PETA investigation into the Amarillo Wildlife Refuge (AWR) reveals that some of these animal stars end up stuck in filthy breeding menageries, which masquerade as sanctuaries in order to pull in donations from an unsuspecting public. Today, PETA is filing a formal complaint with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, urging him to seek a decree revoking the nonprofit status of the AWR on various grounds, including that it engages in deceptive trade practices, misrepresenting both its facility and the animals it keeps in squalor while playing on people's good intentions.
At its news conference tomorrow, PETA will reveal shocking video footage showing a terrified primate mother being shot with a tranquilizer dart so that AWR employees can take away her beloved newborn baby for use in photo ops; intelligent chimpanzees forced to live in a dark, barren, concrete pit; and big cats and other animals confined to small cages filled with their own waste interspersed with piles of rotten food swarming with flies and covered in maggots:
Date: Tuesday, January 6PETA's investigator also exposed the following abysmal conditions:
Broadcast-quality video footage is available. For more information and to view photos, please visit PETA's Web site WildlifePimps.com.