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13 Citations and Leopard Assault Are Causes to Revoke Wildlife Exhibitor’s License, PETA Urges Feds

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September 7, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Oroville, Calif. – In gentle of the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Basis’s mounting animal welfare and office security violations—together with 13 citations for failing to satisfy the minimal necessities of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) over the previous 20 months alone—PETA fired off a letter this morning calling on the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) to revoke the sleazy roadside zoo’s license.

The USDA’s most up-to-date citations expose Kirshner for failing to maintain animals cool when temperatures had reached 100 levels, leaving broken den packing containers that might injure or entrap animals in enclosures, and permitting members of the general public to carry a big and harmful snow leopard throughout a go to to a juvenile detention facility. A PETA tip about that incident additionally led to a quotation from the California Division of Occupational Security and Well being (Cal/OSHA), its second in simply over a yr. Cal/OSHA additionally slapped Kirshner with a quotation and a $1,800 penalty after a employee entered a leopard enclosure and was attacked by the animal, leading to puncture wounds that required hospitalization.

“With a sordid historical past that features every thing from veterinary care failures to a bloodied employee, the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Basis is a hazard to animals, employees, and your complete neighborhood,” says PETA Deputy Normal Counsel for Captive Animal Regulation Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA is asking on the USDA to revoke this sleazy roadside zoo’s license earlier than anybody else will get damage.”

Amongst different violations that resulted in USDA citations, Kirshner failed to speak animal well being issues to the attending veterinarian—together with hair loss on a coati’s tail and steady pacing by a wolf, an indication of psychological misery. After PETA submitted a criticism concerning the leopard assault, the USDA additionally cited the ability for housing the leopard in an enclosure with out a lockout and for protecting animals in an enclosure with a grimy water container and dried-out meals. The company later issued Kirshner an official warning for not having a enough variety of adequately educated workers.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals usually are not ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.



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