Target: Montana Governor Steve Bullock
Goal: Shut down roadside zoo for their reported mistreatment of animals and endangerment to employees.
An exhibition known as Animals of Montana needs to be shut down once and for all. This zoo was issued a citation by the USDA after allowing a fisher to escape its cage during cleaning and not even bothering to locate the animal. Eye-witnesses say a tiger also escaped during a Detroit photo shoot and the handlers allow spectators to taunt it with a weed wacker and hedge trimmers. In 2012, a trainer was mauled to death by a bear, which resulted in a $9,000 fine from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). If these charges are not enough, Troy Hyde, the owner of Animals of Montana, was convicted in 2005 of illegally trafficking tigers that resulted in a two-year suspension of his exhibitors license.
Enough is enough, this exhibit has continuously proved they are a danger to the animals in their care and their employees. The negligence displayed to lose an animal, and again to allow spectators to harass a predator is incomprehensible. These animals are wild, they are not meant to be domesticated so that paying customers can pet them. Sign the petition and urge Governor Bullock to shut down this exhibit, before more or worse things happen to the animals kept there.
Dear Governor Bullock,
In the last decade, Animals of Montana has faced multiple infractions regarding the safety of their employees and animals. In light of this, it’s shocking they have not already faced heavier charges than meager fines. It’s honestly appalling that such an organization has been allowed to continue for this long. Tigers allowed to run loose and baited by spectators. The owner, Troy Hyde himself was fined for illegal tiger trafficking. There was even an instance where an animal escaped during a cage cleaning and was never found.
Please put the safety of these animals before the desire of consumers to pet wild animals. Shut down Animals of Montana and make certain no future harm will be dealt to unfortunate employees and animals alike.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Gemma Carter