Since Michael Jackson‘s untimely death, the fate of Neverland Ranch has faced much speculation. But rumors are now circulating that his children, Prince Michael Jackson and Paris Jackson would like to convert the 2,800 acre property into a “community park and center for animals.”
In response, PETA rep Michelle Cho fired off a letter to the children urging them to convert the property into a sanctuary for rescued animals.
“We are writing because it has come to our attention that you hope to one day turn your father’s Neverland Ranch into a community park and center for animals,” Cho writes. “We encourage you to call for this vast refuge to be turned into a true wildlife sanctuary where animals can be properly taken care of instead of a zoo, where people are encouraged to gawk at imprisoned animals in the name of profit.”
In the ranch’s heyday it used to house camels, giraffes, pythons, macaws, elephants, monkeys, alligators, and tigers among other animals. Perhaps the most famous of these was Bubbles, Michael’s chimpanzee who became more of a companion than a mere animal to him. In the end, Bubbles was relocated to a sanctuary where he is free from the public eye, something the children were reminded of in the letter.
“Michael realized that Bubbles belonged with others of his kind in a loving and safe environment, and we hope that Prince Michael and Paris will honor his memory by doing the same for other animals,” said PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk in a press release.
The letter ends with Cho providing resources to the children on how they could turn the ranch into a haven, “Much would have to be done, but with some of the necessary facilities already in place, Neverland Ranch could be a suitable location for an animal sanctuary.”
And in closing, PETA emphasizes that Neverland could be, “a place where animals can escape from their former lives of abuse and neglect. With that in mind, I would like to offer you PETA’s support if you choose to go forward with plans to turn the Neverland Ranch into a true sanctuary.”
We’d love to see Prince and Paris take this advice to heart and turn Neverland into a safe refuge for animals! What do you think should become of Neverland?