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Wednesday, Feb 13 2013 09:35 AM

PETA asks Condors to stop use of live animals

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    A letter PETA sent to Bakersfield Condors President Matt Riley.

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By BAKOSPHERE

The viral video that captured a loose condor at a Bakersfield hockey game triggered laughs among hundreds of thousands of viewers since Friday.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was not among them.

The animal rights group better known as PETA has sent a letter to Bakersfield Condors President Matt Riley "urging the team to ensure that live animals are never again displayed during a game."

A live Andean condor got loose during the national anthem before Friday's game at Rabobank Arena, leading to series of mishaps captured on camera (see previous Bakosphere post describing all the details).

"Anyone who has watched a video of this incident can see that a raucous ice-hockey arena is the last place that a wild condor belongs," said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "PETA is calling on the Condors to make Friday's stunt the last of its kind -- before more animals are terrorized and more people are hurt."

Click on the image above to read PETA's letter to Riley in its entirety.

The video has since been watched more than 675,000 times, and prompted discussion on countless national TV shows and websites around the world.

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