For Immediate Release:
October 16, 2023
David Perle 202-483-7382
Las Vegas – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Welfare Debbie Metzler in response to the reported death of Las Vegas performer Dirk Arthur:
Magic acts with exploited wild cats disappeared from the Strip years ago, and PETA is calling for any exotic cats who survived Dirk Arthur to be sent to accredited sanctuaries where they’ll have space to roam, opportunities to swim and climb, and freedom from stage lights and filthy cages at last.
Photos of a 2014 PETA protest against Arthur’s show at the Riviera Hotel and Casino are available here.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.