PETA calls out Odell Beckham Jr. over social media video post
Odell Beckham Jr got PETA mad.
The Giants wide receiver recently paid a visit to his friend, Mike Holston, who specializes in animal education and conservation — a modern-day Crocodile Hunter, if you like.
Holston took Beckham to the Myrtle Beach Safari, which helps raise money for the Rare Species Fund while rescuing exotic animals from abusive situations.
While at the Safari, Beckham posted this video to his Instagram, which featured Beckham and Holston playing ball with a tiger and a chimpanzee.
This, naturally, got PETA to issue a very strongly worded statement against Odell Beckham Jr, and they released the statement in ALL CAPS so you KNEW THEY WERE MAD, YOU GUYS.
Here’s the statement, in its entirety, below.
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.
While, certainly, we’re not advocating cruelty to animals, it’s a bit of a stretch to go from “Odell Beckham Jr plays football with a tiger” to “Odell Beckham Jr was abusing animals,” especially when there doesn’t seem to be much evidence to back up PETA’s claims.