PETA objects to live animals at National Zoo fundraiser

C. Boyden Gray with a baby wallaby at the Kimsey National Zoo Dinner. (Roxanne Roberts / The Washington Post)

PETA is unhappy that the National Zoo hosted a fundraiser last week where handlers from the Columbus Zoo brought in a cheetah, penguin, wallaby, and other hand-raised exotic animals. “The cheetah and other animals used at Jim Kimsey’s zoo fundraiser do not enjoy being held and handled for photo opportunities,” PETA said in a letter asking the zoo to stop allowing public interaction with live animals because its “no fun” for them.

Zoo spokesman Pamela Baker-Masson told us that the animals are part of the well-established Columbus Zoo outreach program who serve as “ambassadors to educate the public about their species and the importance of conservation which is in keeping with our own mission to inspire, educate and save species from extinction.”

Earlier: Wild party for the National Zoo hosted by Jim Kimsey, 4/18/13

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