Ban Petting Zoos From Montclair State

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This petition aims to eliminate petting zoos from the Montclair State campus altogether so we as a student body do not support the exploitation of other beings. Many may think visiting a petting zoo is a way to connect with animals they don't get to interact with on a daily basis. However, there are several reasons why these petting zoos are extremely traumatic for the animals involved in them. 

The animals in the petting zoos brought to campus are often transported in tight and confined spaces over long periods of time. Because the goal of the transporter is to reach the destination as soon as possible, the truck does not stop to adequately feed and give the animals water regularly. Without a consistent schedule of eating and exercise, the animals become prone to stress, boredom, and even self-mutilation. Their cortisol levels, which indicate stress, can actually reach approximately 400% and remain that way for weeks. As opposed to dogs, puppies, and kittens who benefit from human contact and attention, these animals experience sensory overload and emotional exhaustion from people constantly touching them and taking photos with/of them. This is also why these animals can typically show aggression when this crowded environment has simply pushed them beyond their comfort level. 

By signing this petition, you are speaking up for these exploited animals who don't have the voice to speak up for themselves. You are advocating for them and showing your love for them in a powerful way. It may seem as though something is being taken away from the campus, but there are countless more ways to destress and enjoy an animal's company. For further reference and information please visit: https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/zoos-pseudo-sanctuaries/traveling-petting-zoos/

You can also feel free to contact the Montclair Animal Activists at montlairanimalactivist.sgamsu@gmail for any questions you may have. 



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