Remember the zoo that Michael Jackson kept on his now defunct Neverland Ranch? Well, much like his career, the animals that were once cared for there have been scattered in the wind. Most have found new homes, but some — like Jackson’s giraffes — are still awaiting a new place to roam.
Enter PETA. Stage left.
The animal rights organization is blasting Jackson for not doing better due diligence on the care and conditions of his giraffes. Apparently, after Neverland was dismantled last year, the pop singer sold the four giraffes to a US couple that was getting ready to open an animal sanctuary. Those plans are still being finalized, and in the meantime PETA says the giraffes are being held in cages too small. A spokesperson for PETA said:
“When Jackson faced recent financial troubles, the giraffes were sold to a couple in Page, Arizona, who were reportedly planning to set up a zoo. More than a year later, the giraffes are still confined to pens that allegedly each measure approximately 15ft by 15ft, and the animals reportedly have not been receiving adequate veterinary or husbandry care. If Michael could see the giraffes’ plight for himself, I’m sure he’d agree that it’s bad – really, really bad.”
Will Jacko save the day? Or are these giraffes the same ones that Saturday Night Live claims “are plotting to take over the world“? Stay tuned!
[UPDATE: Check out Erin’s comments below on a phone call she just had with the new owners of the giraffes! ]