Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Scantily clad animal-rights activists protest in Philippine zoo

Because of the late start, we'll go straight to market moving news. (right after this)
From ABS-CBN News:

In a bold campaign to help unhealthy animals at the Manila Zoo, four sexy animal rights group staffers willingly bared their skin on Tuesday to spread awareness about the ills of keeping animals in captivity.

Clad only in skimpy black bikinis and large, heart-shaped signs saying "Have a Heart, Boycott the Zoo", People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) volunteers Katrina Lugarkos, Leonika Recites, and Ashley Fruno stood in front of the zoo in the glaring noontime heat, giving out leaflets to passersby.

"We need to do what it takes to get people to pay attention, and if it means showing some skin, that's what we'll do. We think it's important to raise awareness on a very serious issue, and we thought using a fun, attention-grabbing way would be the best way to draw attention to the issue of these suffering animals in Manila Zoo," said Rochelle Regodon, PETA campaign manager....MORE

From GMA News:

PETA protest vs zoo draws huge crowd

...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.

From the Spokane Spokesman-Review:

Filipino children look as scantily clad members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, hold a protest in front of Manila’s Zoo, Philippines on Tuesday. The group is calling for a boycott of Manila Zoo for making animals live like prisoners behind bars. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)