Hearst: “Time to end this controversy”
January 16, 2011
In his press statement, Hearst took full responsibility for owning the zebras. The three were allegedly shot by local ranchers after the animals wandered on to their property.
Here is the statement in full:
“In light of the recent shootings of our zebras and the ever-increasing level of harsh response, I believe it is time to end this controversy. Now is the time for ranchers and neighbors to make a renewed effort to communicate with each other and with the public for each others’ benefit.
“At the Hearst Ranch, we will continue to do our best to contain our zebras. But, if they do stray from our property, we ask that anyone who sees them to please treat them with respect and to contact us immediately, as we do for our neighbors when their animals cross over onto our land.
“What’s done is done. We would like to move forward in good faith with our neighbors to support each other because ranching is hard enough. Let’s put this incident to bed.”