AceShowbiz - "The X-Files" star Gillian Anderson has written to the owner of a Thai zoo, urging him to shut down his exotic animal menagerie after a fire.
The actress has teamed up with animal rights activists at PETA in an attempt to shut down the Pata Zoo exhibit in Bangkok and send the animals to sanctuaries.
"In these trying days, we are all experiencing the challenges of seclusion," Gillian writes. "I can't help but think about the animals in the Pata Zoo, who have experienced the same loneliness and isolation for years or even decades.
"In light of the recent fire that broke out at the zoo, I am writing to ask you to reflect honestly on what life is like for animals there and to come to the decision to close it."
Animals at the Pata Zoo include Kat, an orangutan, and Bua Noi, a gorilla who has been alone and behind bars since 1983.
PETA Asia officials have offered to help transfer all the animals to a sanctuary, where they will have "trees to climb, grass to roll on, and many other animals to play with."
"As you surely know, the Pata Zoo has been called one of the saddest places in the world," Anderson adds in her letter to Kanit Sermsirimongkol. "By making the decision to close the zoo and send the animals to reputable sanctuaries with the help of my friends at PETA, you can end the growing controversy and show the world that animals deserve mercy."