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PETA protest vs zoo draws huge crowd

April 28, 2009 9:00pm
MANILA, Philippines – In a bid to draw attention to their protest, four bikini-clad women from the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) picketed the Manila Zoo on Tuesday to urge the public to boycott zoos.

The protesters, including PETA Asia Pacific campaign coordinator Alistair Cornell, said that animals should be allowed to roam in their natural habitats and should not be kept inside zoos where they are subjected to boredom and loneliness.

They added that in the wild, animals spend their lives with their close-knit families, whereas in zoos, they are kept behind bars.

The PETA protesters, who were also carrying heart-shaped placards, draw a huge crowd because of what they were wearing.

The Manila Zoo management argued that it has a team of experts that look after the animals’ welfare and that they are not doing anything illegal.

“Most of the animals were donated, mga inabandona. Ang purpose ng Manila Zoo is to educate the children. Sila (protesters), education ba ginagawa nila? Ang maghubad sa mga bata? Immorality iyon," said Dr. Agerico Sebation, one of Manila Zoo’s zoologists.

[Most of the animals were donated because they were abandoned. Manila Zoo serves to educate children, which the protesters are not doing by taking off their clothes. That’s immorality.] Sophia M. Dedace and Carlo Lorenzo, GMANews.TV