Celebrate Rescue of Lions from Roadside Zoo


Target: Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Steven Wells

Goal: Congratulate organization for rescuing abused lions from a roadside zoo.

Animal rights advocates are celebrating a big win as two lionesses will be transferred from a roadside zoo to an animal sanctuary in Colorado. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit against the Cricket Hollow Zoo, a roadside zoo attraction in Iowa, to secure the animals’ release. The lawsuit, which was filed back in 2014, detailed how the treatment of the two lionesses violated the Endangered Species act and was bordering on animal abuse. The lionesses were reportedly kept in a small cage with fly-covered meat dangling from the ceiling and feces scattered across the floor.

According to ALDF, the lionesses were in such bad condition that if they hadn’t immediately intervened, the cats would not have survived very long. One member took a video in which the lions appeared frail, trembling under their own weight and panting as they walked around. Due to the recent inclusion of African lions in the Endangered Species Act, a judge was able to secure their transfer from the zoo to the rescue facility.

If it weren’t for the courageous actions of the legal team at ALDF, these lionesses might not be alive today. Now, they are at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado and are slowly being nurtured back to full health. Sign the petition below to commend ALDF for the rescue of these mistreated animals.


Dear Director Wells,

Thanks to your team at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and their dedication to conserving animal life and protecting endangered creatures, the lionesses that were once slowly dying at the Cricket Hollow Zoo in Iowa are now on their way to a full recovery. If it weren’t for your legal team, who knows where these poor lionesses would be?

It’s because of animal defense leagues like yours that we are able to rescue animals from the hands of abusers across America and the world. Without conservation groups and people who genuinely care enough about these animals to wade through the endless amount of legal paperwork, there would be millions of animals still living under the care of ruthless and careless owners.

I want to congratulate you and your staff on a job well done in rescuing these poor lionesses and securing their transfer to a sanctuary that will ensure they get the necessary care they require. Thanks to your team we are one step closer to making sure that African Lions get taken off the endangered species list and we can once again have a healthy lion population on Planet Earth.


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  1. Beth Knafla says:

    What admirable work, thank you for ALL YOU DO!

  2. Thank YOU for doing what the rest of the world couldn’t nor wouldn’t do !!!!!!!!!

  3. animal legal defense fund is the best now.

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