Michael Keaton is lending his support to PETA to talk about the tourist traps around our country that exploit captive animals. While some operations serve as wildlife rescues that are open to the public, most of these businesses cage animals and operate as makeshift zoos for profit. It’s not hard to spot the difference, and a simple Google search before you visit is all it takes to avoid giving any of your money to these deceptive businesses.
Keaton recently starred in the Disney’s “Dumbo,” which centers around the mistreatment of animals in the entertainment industry, and he’s featured in PETA’s latest PSA asking tourists to avoid these locations. The video focuses on places that use sensitive bears for photo ops, but many different animals are used in these types of locations depending on where you visit. If you’re traveling this summer, check up on the locations before you give them any money.
“In the wild, bear cubs stay with their mothers for up to two years,” says Keaton. “But across the country, cubs are being taken from their mothers as infants to be used as photo props by profit-hungry exhibitors. These vulnerable cubs face lifelong psychological suffering. And because their immune systems aren’t fully developed, every public encounter risks their life.”
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” The company stated that bears and other animals used for photo ops and other interactions with the public are often separated from their mothers at a young age and likely endure violent “training sessions” to make them compliant. They’re frequently held in cramped, barren cages or concrete pits and denied the opportunity to engage in species-specific types of behavior, such as roaming long distances, foraging, and digging.
Keaton joins a long list of celebrities—including Alec Baldwin, Joan Jett, Mark Rylance, Casey Affleck, Sam Simon, and Bob Barker—who’ve teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to bears.
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