A well-known Chilean flamingo named Pinky at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida was recently snatched from her pen by a man who slammed her to the ground. She was reportedly injured so badly that she had to be euthanized that same day. Pinky was 19 years old and had spent her entire life in captivity at the theme park, which is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Reports indicate that the alleged attacker was Joseph Anthony Corrao, a 45-year-old man from Orlando who was visiting the park with his family. He has a reported history of violence, but it’s unclear why he attacked Pinky. According to reports, his mother yelled for him to put Pinky down after he allegedly reached into the pen and grabbed her. Corrao was arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals.

This tragic incident can be added to the long list of reasons why wild animals should never be kept in captivity for human entertainment. Captive animals are denied everything that’s natural and important to them. Zoos teach people that it’s acceptable to keep animals locked up, where they’re cramped, lonely, deprived of all control over their lives, and far from their natural homes.

It is also extremely easy for accidents to take place. Recently at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, an endangered gorilla named Harambe was shot and killed after a 3-year-old child fell into the enclosure. A week before that, two lions were shot to death at a zoo in Chile after a man tried to commit suicide by climbing into the pen. Keeping wild animals in captivity is dangerous for both animals and humans.

You Can Help!

Vote with your dollars. Never go to any establishment that keeps wild animals captive for entertainment. 

If you ever witness anyone harassing an animal or if you see an injured or distressed animal, contact local authorities immediately. If authorities are unresponsive, contact PETA.

Spread the word! It’s too late to help Pinky, but we can share her story and let the world know that animals don’t belong in captivity.

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