PETA Thursday afternoon released the following statement concerning the escape of two chimpanzees in Las Vegas:
The escape of two chimpanzees today serves as a reminder of how dangerous it is for people to keep wild animals as pets. Many residents, including children, were at risk of being attacked, and although they were lucky, the same cannot be said for Buddy, the male chimpanzee who was shot and killed.
Wild animals kept as pets always pay the price, whether they lose their lives like Buddy or are kept in backyard cages, basements, or garages, forced to lead barren lives that are devoid of anything that they would experience or enjoy naturally in the wild.
A prohibition on keeping wild animals is the only real way to protect people from dangerous attacks and animals from the cruel confinement inherent in wild-animal ownership, and PETA urges all jurisdictions to implement and rigorously enforce such laws.