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PETA Asks Britney Spears & More Pop Stars to Stop Using Wild Animals Amid 'Tiger King' Popularity: Exclusive

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Joe Exotic in Netflix's Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

See PETA's full letter, also sent to Cardi B, Calvin Harris, Shakira, Janet Jackson, One Direction members, Ashanti, Nas, Maluma, Diddy, Pharrell & Rick Ross.

As Netflix's Tiger King continues to rise in popularity, PETA is calling on a number of musicians who have used wild animals for entertainment to pledge to never perform with them again.

"Anyone who's watched Tiger King has seen how wild animals suffer when they're taken from their mothers as babies and exploited as props," PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet, who appears in the docuseries, said in a statement. "PETA is asking for some social distancing: Tigers, snakes, and cheetahs belong in nature, not in music videos or on stages."

Among the list of celebrities receiving the letters are Britney Spears, Cardi B, Calvin Harris, Janet Jackson, Shakira, the members of One Direction, Ashanti, Nas, Maluma, Diddy, Pharrell and Rick Ross.

PETA has been working for years to shut down facilities that exploit wild animals. The group rescued nearly 50 animals who were in Joe Exotic's custody, all of whom are currently at reputable sanctuaries, and filed two lawsuits against facilities that acquired big-cat cubs from him.

See the full letter, obtained via a press release, below.

Greetings from PETA. 

We have a special request while Netflix's Tiger King is trending and the public is realizing now more than ever that animals suffer when forced to interact with the public. Will you please take this opportunity to make a public pledge never to pose or perform with wild animals in the future?

If you've watched Tiger King, you've seen just how bad the abuse of tigers and other wild animals is when animals are bred and trained for photo ops and appearances in music videos. Babies are usually torn away from their mothers prematurely and denied the protection of their families, their freedom, and anything remotely natural and important to them. PETA has rescued nearly 50 animals from Joe Exotic's custody alone, and there are countless more big cats, bears, elephants, and primates languishing in deplorable roadside zoos across the country.

Posing or performing with a wild animal only contributes to a rise in demand and shows impressionable fans that Instagram "likes" and music video views are more valuable than the life of an animal who is permanently confined to a cage. All we're asking is for some social distancing. It would help these animals immensely if you'd commit to steering clear of animal exhibitors. And there's no better time than now. May we please count on you?

Thank you. 

Sincerely, 

Rachel Stotts
Celebrity Relations Manager
PETA

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