Demand Animal Cruelty Investigation into Zookeeper and Trainer


Target: Paul Martin, Chief of Police, Durham Regional Police Service

Goal: Investigate PETA’s allegations that Bowmanville Zoological Park owner and animal trainer Michael Hackenberger beat a Siberian tiger until it defecated in fear.

Although already denying the allegations on his Bowmanville Zoological Park’s website, PETA has released undercover video footage of animal trainer Michael Hackenberger allegedly whipping a Siberian tiger 20 times on the face and paws. The savage beating was so traumatic on the young animal that it defecated in fear during the row. Hackenberger is heard saying on the video that he “got a bit angry there,” and despite his back-peddling now, further says, “If … we’d been running a videotape … of the times I struck this animal … PETA would burn this place to the ground.”

Hackenberger told the PETA undercover eyewitness on the videotape that he likes “hitting him in the face…it stings more.” Others have seen Hackenberger’s anger and cruel behavior toward animals when he publically swore at a baboon that botched a live television stunt, and when one researches his zoological park in Ontario, Canada alone, one can see poor reviews reflecting dismal conditions and unhealthy looking animals. Demand the Durham Regional Police Service investigate PETA’s allegations of Michael Hackenberger’s animal abuse.


Dear Chief Martin,

I am writing to request that you open an inquisition into PETA’s allegation that Bowmanville Zoological Park owner and animal trainer Michael Hackenberger unnecessarily and cruelly beat a Siberian tiger until it defecated in fear. PETA has released a video tape of beating, and contends that Hackenberger can be heard on the tape not only acknowledging that he beat the helpless animal out of anger, but also that he enjoyed whipping the tiger in the face because it hurt the animal more.

Fully investigate PETA’s allegations and charge Hackenberger with animal cruelty if warranted. Please also investigate the conditions at Hackenberger’s Bowmanville Zoological Park. Online reviews suggest the park is not inhabitable and the animals unhealthy.


[Your Name Here]

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