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The Burlington Free Press reports that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will give Price Chopper CEO Neil Golub a Compassionate Action Award for having pulled the company’s sponsorship of a lion and tiger act at the Champlain Valley Fair.

“By refusing to sponsor the Nerger Lion and Tiger Show, Price Chopper is sending fair officials and attendees a strong message that big cats shouldn’t be subjected to unnatural environments, noisy crowds, and cruel training methods,” PETA official Debbie Leahy said in a statement.

According to the story, “The animals used in the show belong to Hawthorn Corp., an Illinois company that supplies performing animals to circus and fair acts. Hawthorn has been cited several times by the federal Agriculture Department for its caging, care and training of animals.”
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