Everyone
is clamoring for it, so PETA is helping to fill the government-shutdown gap by
providing forlorn panda-cam addicts with a more compassionate alternative. We’re
inviting folks to watch our own little “pandas” romp in
the 1-acre Bea Arthur Dog Park located right
next to The Sam Simon
Center
, PETA’s headquarters in
Norfolk, Virginia.

Viewers
will have the best seat in the house as rescued dogs dressed comfortably* as
adorable panda stand-ins play to their heart’s content—or until their guardians
need to get back to work saving animals’ lives. But that doesn’t mean that the
fun will be over. Once they’re back in the building, PETA’s “pandas”
eat healthy treats and endure nonstop tummy rubs. Pretty good gig, huh?

Zoo
panda cams may seem like harmless fun, but animals in zoos are generally regarded
as commodities to buy and trade without any regard for established family
relationships. Zoos breed animals such as Mei Xiang because the presence of
babies draws zoo visitors, but the fate of many animals in zoos is often bleak
as they outgrow their “cuteness.” “Surplus” lions, tigers,
zebras, and other animals are often sold at auctions and may wind up at
unaccredited roadside zoos, in circuses, in people’s backyards
or basements, or even at canned-hunting
ranches
, where they are shot and
killed.

Be
a friend to animals: Watch documentaries, go bird watching, or take a hike to
see animals in their natural habitat.

*Some
dogs like to dress up, but others prefer their natural state. Please don’t
dress up your dog if he or she isn’t interested, and watch closely for signs of
stress and restricted breathing or circulation.

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Article source: PETA Files

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