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Protesters Confront Billionaire Maurice Greenberg Over Panda Imports

January 14, 2018 by Leave a Comment

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After failing, during a face-to-face confrontation, to convince billionaire Maurice Greenberg to cancel his plan to lease pandas from China and put them on display in NYC, over thirty animal rights activists staged a protest in front of his Manhattan home.

Reaction from his neighbors was mixed, with some taking the handout to learn more and others angrily scolding the protesters. One man who emerged from his building belittled the activists by saying that they have a “preschool education.”  The interaction was caught on video.  Also caught on video was one of Mr. Greenberg’s doormen holding up a poster that said, “Eat Fried Panda.” An NYPD detective at the scene apologized to the protesters on behalf of the doorman who taunted then.

As animal rights activists confronted Hank & Corinne Greenberg in NYC over their plans to rent pandas from China and display them in NYC.

Just hours before the protest, Mr Greenberg called protest organizer Donny Moss to discuss the panda project and the protest. According to Moss, “Mr. Greenberg was polite and attentive, but he sent a clear message that children deserve the opportunity to see live pandas more than pandas deserve to live freely in their natural habitats.  He also argued that pandas serve as a diplomatic tool to enhance relations between China and the United States.”

Animal rights activists stage a moving picket in front of the home of Hank Greenberg, one of two billionaires backing U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s plan to import pandas and display them in Manhattan.

The anti-captivity protesters, who argue that animals exist for their own purposes and are not here to entertain us, vow to continue protesting Mr. Greenberg and his two partners in the panda project, fellow billionaire John Catsimatidis and U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, until they call off their plans to lease and exhibit pandas.

After letters, petitions and protests failed to convince Maurice Greenberg to cancel his plan to import pandas, animal rights activists staged a protest in front of his Manhattan home.

In February 2017,  Maurice Greenberg, John Catsimatidis, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney held a fundraiser called the “Black & White Panda Ball” at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to raise money for the panda project, which is estimated to cost $50 million.  According to media reports, the gala raised approximately $500,000.

U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney created a charity, The Pandas are Coming to NYC, to raise $50 million for the project.

Your Turn

Please sign the Care2 petition asking U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to call off her plan to import pandas into NYC for display.

Follow No Panda Prison NYC on Facebook.

Animal rights activists argue that pandas exist for their own purposes and are not here to entertain us or serve as political tools to improve relations between the U.S. and China.

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  1. nblas says:

    Yes Donny, and shame on your ignorance, naïveté and lack of compassion Frances. Big surprise that the Chinese breeding program is not for the welfare of pandas but is economically driven. The pandas are not treated well by their handlers, females are overbred, and their young are snatched away leaving the desperate mothers to frantically claw at their enclosure walls to get to their them.
    Does this still sound excellent to you Frances? Jesus, can we please stop exploiting animals?

  2. Frances Aronson says:

    This protest is extremely misguided. Pandas raised in captivity can’t be released into the wild, and their life expectancy in captivity is approximately 10 years longer than in the wild. Pandas would be an excellent addition to NYC!

    1. Donny Moss says:

      We shouldn’t be breeding pandas in captivity in the first place. Hundreds of captive-bred pandas already exist in zoos around the world. Breeding more will do nothing to conserve them in the wild. At this point, they are merely commodities being leased out for our amusement. Public opinion is shifting away from captivity as more and more people accept the fact that wild animals belong in their natural habitat — not in an exhibit space. Animals exist for their own purposes. They’re not here for us; they’re here with us.

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