Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. is taking heat for a video he posted two days ago on his Instagram account. Below is the video in question.
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, took exception to the video, and released a statement on Tuesday.
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet in response to a video posted on Instagram showing Odell Beckham Jr. “playing football” with a chimpanzee and big cats apparently supplied by the notorious roadside zoo Myrtle Beach Safari:
THESE SENSITIVE AND MUCH-ABUSED ANIMALS BELONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN NATURE, NOT PIMPED OUT AS PROPS BY SHAMELESS ROADSIDE ZOOS. WE’RE SURE THAT ODELL BECKHAM JR. HAD NO IDEA THAT THE SLEAZY SAFARI PARK WHERE THIS YOUNG CHIMPANZEE IS KEPT HAS A LENGTHY RECORD OF VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW AND USES GREAT APES AND BIG-CAT CUBS IN CHEAP PUBLICITY STUNTS LIKE THIS. THESE ENCOUNTERS ARE INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS, AND PETA URGES EVERYONE—INCLUDING BECKHAM, WHO CERTAINLY DOESN’T WANT ANOTHER INJURY—TO STEER CLEAR OF CRUEL FACILITIES THAT EXPLOIT ANIMALS.