Bowmanville Zoo is also known for renting out its animals for events - like parties with Justin Bieber. In June, the zoo announced it was closing its doors due to low attendance, blaming the video, which was released by PETA, for public displeasure.
"People are staying away because they believe PETA's allegations," Bowmanville Zoo said at the time. "The fact is PETA released only a short piece of a long video, and then misrepresented what transpired in that short part. What they said is not true, but it doesn't matter - the damage is done."
Some have expressed concerns that Bowmanville's animals would be given to similar roadside zoos, or that the zoo would just reopen under another name.