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Feds Wallop Native Roadside Zoo Over Years of Animal Mistreatment

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December 20, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Melrose, Fla. – PETA has simply reviewed a newly launched eight-page penalty notification from the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) revealing that the company has fined native outfit Single Imaginative and prescient $8,850 for 18 alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) from Could 2019 to March 2022. The federal high quality is the second blow for the beleaguered roadside zoo after Congress’ passage of the Large Cat Public Security Act, which is more likely to change into regulation quickly and shutter Single Imaginative and prescient’s merciless big-cat cub-petting program.

Lots of the AWA violations that prompted the high quality stem from the roadside zoo’s use of untamed animals in hands-on public encounters, together with an incident PETA flagged for the feds through which a customer held a juvenile jaguar. Different harmful interactions contain permitting a toddler to swim with juvenile lions, a customer who touched a bear’s muzzle, a bear who reached via enclosure wire to take away somebody’s sun shades, and “rowdy bears” who have been “repeatedly nipping on the public members’ clothes, palms and hair.”

Single Imaginative and prescient obtained extra citations for the next:

  • Offering fraudulent documentation of a veterinary-care program and failing to offer varied animals with enough veterinary care, together with a Geoffroy’s cat with hair and eye issues, a limping cougar, an overweight jaguar, and two skinny, geriatric tigers
  • Failing to offer acceptable housing for a hyena who was dangerously residing within the dwelling of the Single Imaginative and prescient licensee
  • Failing to offer animals with drinkable water and failing to correctly keep quite a few decrepit enclosures that posed a hazard to the animals inside them
  • Mendacity to and exhibiting “aggressive and threatening habits” to federal authorities

“USDA penalties like this are issued solely to the worst of the worst, and Single Imaginative and prescient’s surprising historical past of neglecting animals suits that invoice,” says PETA Basis Director of Captive Animal Welfare Debbie Metzler. “PETA asks the general public to shun this merciless roadside zoo, which is now paying the worth for letting animals undergo.”

PETA’s motto reads, partly, that “animals are usually not ours to make use of for leisure,” and the group opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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