Target: Angela J. Jones, Santa Rosa County State Attorney
Goal: Punish individuals accused of shooting and drowning zoo animals.
A father-daughter pair, Eric and Meghan Mogensen, were charged with multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act after findings at their 50-acre zoo in Gulf Breeze, Florida. The allegations include shooting and drowning their animals instead of peacefully euthanizing them. A child was also reportedly bitten by a camel while at the zoo, as there was reportedly inadequate supervision and protection.
Other details of the allegations are equally horrifying. Authorities claim that zoo staff members used out-of-date shots to euthanize, and some pens contained sharp nails protruding from rusting fences. A spider monkey reportedly died from hypothermia at the zoo, and sheep did not have shelter to get out of the sun. The lion and tiger food bins were also not regularly cleaned, as stated by a police report.
The duo also owns two other zoo attractions in Virginia, and were charged with violations there as well. Meghan Mogensen even pleaded guilty to animal mistreatment charges at one of their Virginia zoos, but was still allowed to work at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Authorities have called the zoos “scary houses of horrors” for the animals that reside there. In light of the reported horrors found at these zoos, the Humane Society of the United States brought the story to the press to gain awareness of the kind of treatment animals receive at these roadside zoos.
The two are now facing federal animal mistreatment charges. This is not an isolated case, as many roadside zoos are unsafe and unfair to their animals. It is vital that cases such as these are properly tried, and that those guilty cannot continue working at zoos and perpetuating the mistreatment. Support this petition to punish these individuals if found guilty, so that they can never again have the opportunity to mistreat animals.
Dear State Attorney Jones,
Two individuals, Eric and Meghan Mogensen, are facing federal charges for animal mistreatment. Under their care, a spider monkey allegedly died from hypothermia, lions and tigers did not have clean food bins, and various animals were euthanized by drowning or being shot. These two own several zoos, and Meghan Mogensen was even charged and pleaded guilty to animal mistreatment before.
This is not an isolated incident. Roadside zoos are historically not safe places for animals, and action must be taken now. Please punish these people properly if they are found guilty. They should not be allowed to care for animals ever again, and the courts should take such abuses seriously. I support strict punishment of these individuals, and encourage further efforts to protect zoo animals.
[Your Name Here]
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