POISON Drummer: Zoos Are 'Another Example Of Exploitation Of Animals For Profit'

POISON drummer Rikki Rockett has released the following statement:

"We are playing a venue [Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre in Toledo, Ohio] affiliated with the zoo tonight [Thursday, July 28]. For the record, I am not in favor of zoos. It's another example of exploitation of animals for profit. I am not going to make this show about that issue, however. This is about POISON and the fans. I am simply stating my stance on zoos and I think that it's essential that I do."

Rockett has previously worked with Los Angeles-based Last Chance for Animals (LCA) to expose the Animal "B" Dealer Rings and Puppy Mill atrocities. Rockett has been returning to his native state of Pennsylvania every September to help rally support to stop the puppy mills around Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

"You don't have to be an animal rights activist to see how these rodeos hurt the animals," he previously said. "It isn't a matter of perspective or opinion animal suffering, injuries and death are all part of rodeos."

Rockett specifically decries the use of electric shock, buck straps, and spurs regularly used in rodeos, known as "Tools of Torment" to animal advocates. As the rodeo industry has attempted to expand, the need to put on a more exciting show has resulted in more abuse, especially since some events are partly scored on how wild an animal acts.


Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).