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October 14, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Cumberland, Md. – Right this moment, PETA concluded a five-day rescue operation involving 65 animals of 30 species—the group’s largest-ever rescue of animals from a roadside zoo—following a authorized settlement with Tri-State Zoological Park that compelled the infamous outfit to shut after years of violations and allowed PETA to rescue survivors of continual neglect. Rescued animals embrace a squirrel monkey who was referred to as Spazz, in a merciless reference to his frantic, stress-induced habits, possible attributable to the 20 years he spent in solitary confinement surrounded by pure predators in a reptile home. PETA had beforehand rescued three large cats and three different animals who had been housed on the roadside zoo, bringing the full variety of animals PETA rescued from Tri-State to 71. Images of among the animals rescued from Tri-State this week are right here.
PETA enlisted the assistance of 14 respected sanctuaries and accredited zoos from Maryland to California, which agreed to take care of the animals, together with bears, unique birds, a Bengal cat, alligators, coatimundis, and others. A full checklist of those amenities is accessible right here.
“Tri-State spent years exploiting weak animals and permitting struggling ones to rot of their cages, however now the survivors will be capable of dwell in consolation and security, with the care they’ve lengthy been missing,” says PETA Basis Common Counsel for Captive Animal Legislation Enforcement Brittany Peet. “Because of PETA’s hard-fought lawsuit and over a dozen amenities that provide topnotch care, yet one more shoddy roadside zoo has been eliminated and the animals saved.”
Spazz, who PETA has been calling Stardust, shall be renamed at his new residence and have the chance to dwell with one other squirrel monkey, named Ziggy. Three iguanas will dwell outside in a naturalistic habitat with different iguanas, relatively than crammed inside a small, stuffy enclosure. Asiatic black bears Sallie and Suzie—the 78th and 79th bears PETA has rescued—will dwell in a lush, expansive habitat as an alternative of in a cage. And a pot-bellied pig named Snorkel will lastly obtain knowledgeable veterinary care after languishing for years with a large tumor and morbid weight problems.
PETA and its fellow plaintiff, Constance Collins, alleged that Tri-State’s mistreatment of animals constituted a public nuisance, noting that Tri-State confined animals to often-filthy, decrepit enclosures and chronically disadvantaged them of applicable therapy, together with veterinary care. PETA’s earlier victory in opposition to Tri-State—a profitable Endangered Species Act lawsuit—adopted an eyewitness investigation by the group. The court docket had described Tri-State as “fetid” and “dystopic.”
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 data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.