When it comes to PETA, an organization that has nothing to do with the well-being of animals in human care – and the authentic welfare experts and animal lovers know that! – one could say that it has reached the maximum level of ridiculousness in their radicalized and ill-intentioned declarations against modern zoos, on the whole, and Loro Parque, in particular, inventing any excuse or reason for that. And yet, it appears that they are always there to continue to surprise you.
We find it absolutely heartless and disgraceful that they use such a tragic and very emotionally difficult moment as the loss of our orca Skyla to throw their ungrounded accusations in a futile attempt to gain mediatic attention and spread untruth and misinformation.
Skyla was a much beloved member of the Loro Parque family who left us abruptly and untimely due to the intestinal torsion, a pathology that can occur unexpectedly in completely healthy animals, both under human care and in nature and is unfortunately, absolutely inoperable in cetaceans.
So, despite all our precautions and efforts, it would not have been possible to do anything to save Skyla’s life.
We only have words of gratitude for the numerous messages of affection and support received from our visitors, friends, as well as our colleagues from modern zoos & aquariums around the world. We will always remember Skyla’s uniqueness and her kind character with the greatest love and affection.
We like to encourage the interested public to inquire of PETA as to what good they do for nature with all the funding that they obtain. Thus, in the U.S. they raised more than 60 million dollars last year only! And in Germany, another 8 million Euros! See, for example, this interesting analysis on the subject.
Furthermore, we invite you to investigate more on the subject and get familiar with the relevant publications regarding PETA’s “modus operandi”, among them such publications as the article by a major German newspaper, Die Zeit, or this post from Zoos.Media, or this very powerful video. You will surely find much more of such condemning evidence if you only take the time to inform yourself on the subject…
As for us, we will remain true to our commitment to be an exemplary zoological institution and animal embassy in the matters of animal welfare and to continue our efforts in the biodiversity conservation projects in the wild. Such is the case of our recent reintroduction of beautiful and highly endangered Lear’s Macaws into their native habitat in Brazil.
What success stories does PETA have to present when it comes to animal welfare…?