Success: Zookeeper Finally Charged With Animal Cruelty

Target: Kate MacDonald, CEO of Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA)

Goal: Applaud efforts to investigate allegedly abusive animal trainer.

The animal rights group PETA released undercover footage of the animal trainer, Michael Hackenberger, viciously beating and whipping a tiger until he defecated in fear. One can also hear Hackenberger during the video reportedly stating that he enjoys “hitting him in the face and the paws [because] it stings more.” Thanks to PETA’s footage, public outcry, the investigation done by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), and petitions like this one on ForceChange, Hackenberger is finally being charged for his alleged abuse toward animals.

Upon the release of the video, OSPCA investigated the Bowmanville Zoo, which Hackenberger owns. The footage and the investigation was enough to charge Hackenberger with five counts of cruelty to animals. Hackenberger denies the abuse but has since stepped down as the director of the Bowmanville Zoo.

OSPCA is continuing to monitor the animals at the Bowmanville Zoo and is planning on doing another investigation soon. Sign this petition and thank OSPCA for all their hard work.


Dear Ms. MacDonald,

Your organization, OSPCA, led an investigation into the animal trainer and zoo owner Michael Hackenberger. Thanks to your investigation and the footage from PETA, Hackenberger is now charged with five counts of animal cruelty.

Hackenberger denies the abuse but has since stepped down from his position as director of the Bowmanville Zoo. This is great news for the animals there. Hopefully they will not have to withstand another second of abuse in the future.

Thank you for all the hard work you and your organization has put into making sure Hackenberger is charged for his alleged abuse.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: J. Patrick Fischer

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  1. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Another candidate to rot in hell!!! ?
    Signed & Shared.

  2. Thank you so much! i was so sad for this tiger and the wolves also, at least he is charged, thank you. Make sure this scumbag and its employees are not around ANY animal again. BAN PERFORMANCES WITH ANIMALS, people don’t give them audience! at tv or elsewhere.

  3. Mira Iordanescu says:

    You need traffic on your platforms, right ? how pathetic.

  4. Brenda Salvatore says:

    I wish that this POS could be whipped and treated the exact same way he treated the animals, or should I say the 4 legged animals because his behavior is not indicative of a human being.

  5. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    This 21st century world does not need sick fucks like him. Feed him to the chinese, they eat anything.

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