Gillian Anderson Calls For Notorious Thai Zoo to Shut Down

For Immediate Release:

21 May 2020


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


After Pata Zoo Fire, Actor and Longtime PETA Supporter Says It’s Time to Transfer Suffering Animals to Sanctuaries

London – Just weeks after a fire at Thailand’s Pata Zoo, the exotic-animal menagerie inside the Pata Department Store, longtime PETA supporter Gillian Anderson sent the zoo’s owner a letter asking him to close the facility and transfer the animals to reputable sanctuaries.

“In these trying days, we are all experiencing the challenges of seclusion,” writes the X-Files and Sex Education star. “I can’t help but think about the animals in the Pata Zoo, who have experienced the same loneliness and isolation for years or decades. In light of the recent fire that broke out at the zoo, I am writing to ask you to honestly reflect on what life is like for animals there and to come to the decision to close it.”

Animals at the Pata Zoo include Kat, an orangutan imprisoned with little opportunity for psychological stimulation or physical exercise, and Bua Noi, a gorilla who has been alone and behind bars since 1983. PETA Asia has offered to help transfer all the animals there to a sanctuary, where they would have trees to climb, grass to roll on, and many other animals to play with.

“As you surely know, the Pata Zoo has been called one of the saddest places in the world,” writes Anderson. “By making the decision to close the zoo and send the animals to reputable sanctuaries with the help of my friends at PETA [Asia], you can end the growing controversy and show the world that animals deserve mercy.”

Anderson’s letter to Kanit Sermsirimongkol, the owner of the Pata Zoo, is available here.

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