For Speedy Launch:
September 14, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Troutman, N.C. – New eyewitness experiences, together with from a non-public investigator employed by PETA, allege that native outfit Zootastic Park is receiving shipments of animals from a South Carolina roadside zoo that faces a PETA lawsuit over its alleged failure to offer animals with ample care—resulting in animal deaths, amongst different points. As a result of the key transfers from Waccatee Zoological Farm hinder PETA’s capacity to gather proof concerning the animals’ circumstances and push for any wanted remedy, PETA has filed an emergency movement with the U.S. District Court docket for the District of South Carolina, searching for a courtroom order that prohibits additional transfers to Zootastic.
PETA notes that Zootastic has a historical past of poor remedy of animals as documented by the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA), together with a “crucial quotation” it obtained after permitting a number of animals to undergo from frostbite—resulting in amputations of elements of two monkeys’ tails. Final yr, the USDA cited Zootastic for failing to offer animals with ample veterinary care, noting that the tails of two squirrels on the facility had been amputated due to obvious “self-trauma.”
“Transport animals from one shabby outfit to the subsequent prolongs their ache, and on this case, it blocks PETA from gathering proof about these animals’ struggling,” says PETA Basis Normal Counsel for Captive Animal Regulation Enforcement Brittany Peet. “This can be a shady stunt designed to forestall abused animals from receiving the care they desperately want.”
PETA’s lawsuit below the federal Endangered Species Act and South Carolina’s public nuisance regulation alleges that Waccatee confines and displays greater than 460 animals in circumstances during which they’re disadvantaged of acceptable veterinary care and different requirements. The group’s movement additionally asks the courtroom to think about sanctions in opposition to Waccatee and asks for the infamous roadside zoo to account for the whereabouts and possession historical past of the animals. Along with PETA Basis counsel, the plaintiffs are represented by Jonathan Brightbill, Kyllan Gilmore, Stacie Knight, and Sharon Lin with Winston & Strawn LLP.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals should 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 observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.