UFO Festival Goers Will Experience a ‘Close Encounter’…with PETA’s Message

The group will ask everyone to take care of the bears and avoid the roadside zoo

For immediate release:
June 30, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Roswell, New Mexico – On Saturday, UFO Festival attendees can anticipate a different kind of “sighting”: a conductive object identified by PETA, i.e. a moving billboard, reminding everyone to drive past the park and city-owned Spring River Zoo without stopping. The floating billboard features an image of one of two bears at the famous roadside zoo, confined to a concrete pit, even though the bears have to walk on soft ground, explore large areas and feed.

“The bears at this decrepit roadside zoo are forced to live in an archaic pit, unable to move around or engage in other types of natural behavior,” says Debbie Metzler, captive animal welfare director from the PETA Foundation. “PETA urges UFO-goers to respect other life by avoiding this notorious roadside zoo and asks Roswell officials to remove the bears to an accredited sanctuary.”

Spring River has a long history of failing to meet the minimum requirements of federal animal protection law. His citations include failing to maintain adequate perimeter fencing around the facility; failing to provide the equipment necessary to handle a stumbling, underweight longhorn steer with overgrown hooves; and failing to maintain structurally sound enclosures, which allowed a black bear and a beaver to escape, the latter of which was never found. The violations came years after the city unveiled a “master plan,” almost none of which has come to fruition, to improve Spring River.

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, the mobile billboard will float around Roswell during the UFO festival for eight hours.

PETA — whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours for entertainment” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.