Stop Imprisoning Wild Animals in Small, Filthy Cages at Roadside Zoos

Target: Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina

Goal: Stop rewarding abusive roadside zoos for confining wild animals.

Roadside zoos are disgusting institutions that capitalize on the suffering of sentient wild animals. Animals ranging from tigers and bears to lemurs and monkeys are kept in small, filthy cages that encompass a mere percentage of what their natural habitats in the wild would be. Often, these animals are kept alone, entirely isolated from the rest of their kin and denied access to mental stimulation and social inclinations. They are fed inadequate food, given dirty water, and receive little to no veterinary care, even when they are sick or injured.

Still, roadside zoos are somehow legal—and even encouraged—in much of the United States. Early in July of 2022, for example, North Carolina passed a bill that would exempt certain roadside zoo owners from having to pay sales tax on items for the zoo. This bill covers items used in the housing, raising, and feeding of animals for public display, in essence subsidizing the cruel confinement of these wild creatures.

Sign this petition to demand North Carolina stop rewarding the cruel capture, breeding, and display of wild animals at roadside zoos.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Cooper,

Animals in roadside zoos endure extreme physical and psychological suffering. Tigers, monkeys, bears, and others are often stolen from their natural habitats and thrown in barren cages that are much too small. They are often kept alone, isolated from their friends and kin, and are fed inadequate food and water. Even so, North Carolina just signed a bill that would exempt certain roadside zoo owners from having to pay a sales tax on all required housing, raising, and feeding items, essentially subsidizing the cruel confinement of wildlife.

We are asking you, Mr. Cooper, to stop incentivizing abusive roadside zoos and, instead, focus legislative efforts on animal conservation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Animal People Forum 


33 Comments

  1. Janette+Lands says:

    I thought this was some third world country….America. Good Lord! Such cruelty and greed. It must stop now. What kind of psychopath would go to see sad imprisoned animals in dirty cages.

  2. This is an extreme ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME and ANIMAL ABUSE.
    Put all these innocent animals in accredited sanctuaries, and these greedy human scumbags behind bars for all future.
    SHAME on you the U.S.

    • I ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT URSZULA LUND:

      This is an extreme ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME and ANIMAL ABUSE.
      Put all these innocent animals in accredited sanctuaries, and these greedy human scumbags behind bars for all future.
      SHAME on you the U.S.

    • Julia Edinger says:

      I totally agree!!! Good to see your here again trying to stop this absolutely evil horrible treatment to STOP!!!!

  3. Melinda+Maddox says:

    There needs to be an end put to this now. How cruel can humans be to poor defenseless animals
    Why are these zoos still legal in the United States of America?????????

  4. Please stop rewarding these people for their inhumane treatment and cruelty of animals. Wild animals are not meant to be kept in small filthy cages. This is America, we are better than this.

  5. Monstrous monstrous evil, heartbreaking and horrific, karma is theirs – I feel you, poor lost innocent souls; their blood on your souls

    The abuse, torture & murder of the innocents

    Some heartbreaks can never be unseen, some horrors never unheard – PLEASE GOD

    And the universe weeps tears of blood

    Your life as theirs, as their death

  6. Raynesha McGhee-Reed says:

    This is such horrible animal cruelty & they need 2 be Arrested 4 this.

  7. Julia Edinger says:

    OH…MY…GOD…. WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO SHUT DOWN ALL THOSE HORRIBLE PRISONS ON WHEELS?!?!?!?! SHUT THESE EVIL PLACES DOWN,,,,,DOWN!!!!

  8. Shirley Lemieux says:

    Governor Roy Cooper, It makes no sense as to why you allow these road side zoos. You can put an end to these road side exhibits that are cruel and inhumane.

  9. Kathy Bossart says:

    WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE WOULD PATRONISE THESE PEOPLE, DON’T THEY SEE HOW THEY ARE KEPT AND TREATED, OR ARE THEY A FIFTY POUND OF JUST STUPID. WERE ARE THE POLICE AT, OR WHY HAVE THEY NOT BEEN INFORMED THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE BREAKING THE LAW, I BELIEVE THIS IS A FELONY ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT BIDEN. THEY SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE ASPCA.

  10. Only a depraved, ignorant monster would think the torture of animals is entertainment.

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