published Friday, May 2nd, 2014

PETA to protest at CBL's annual meeting in Chattanooga

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    The headquarters of CBL and Associates is located next to Hamilton Place Mall in East Brainerd.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Animal rights group PETA said today it plans to confront shareholders of CBL & Associates Properties Inc. over the company’s permitting the sale of exotic animals in its malls.

PETA said the company lets a business known as Pocket Pets set up kiosks in its malls which sell sugar gliders, a small tree-dwelling marsupial.

The group also complained about CBL allowing animal circuses to perform on its properties:

“PETA is calling on CBL to stop hosting businesses that cause animal suffering, and that includes circuses that beat animals as well as the irresponsible exotic-animal peddlers,” said PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders in a statement.

PETA said it would ask questions at the company’s annual meeting Monday at the Embassy Suites in Chattanooga.

See more in Saturday’s Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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