So PETA is upset with P. Diddy because he had six penguins floating around in a swimming for the opening of Hotel Victor in South Beach. The spokesperson for PETA, Michael McGraw said “Penguins live in very cold climates, so the heat was probably unbearable for them. They’re very sensitive to temperatures, so if it was as hot as we’ve heard, it’s a wonder they didn’t collapse. In any case, they were likely terrified. We are now looking into whether having the penguins there broke any cruelty-to-animals laws.”
I guess no one bothered to tell PETA that only three breeds of penguins actually live in Antarctica. I do not know what penguins were at the party but my sense is that it was not a breed of penguin from cold weather areas.
I guessed that before I got to the spokesman for the Hotel Victor said that the penguins in question were from South Africa and were “trained specifically for entertainment, expositions and television commercials”
Most people know that penguins are flightless birds that live in the in freezing cold of Antarctica but what many people do not know is that penguins can be found as far north as the Galapagos Islands. The country of Colombia has a park reserve for their penguins on the Pacific coast. Most of the penguins that are seen on TV and movies are African Black Footed Penguin, who nest off the coast of southwestern Africa and live in temperatures that reach 70 degrees.
I do not like animals of any species being used as props for amusement at a party but before we get up in arms about animal-cruelty, I think we can at least get our facts straight. I am not sure I can support PETA on this one.