Demand Roadside Zoo Retire All Animals to Sanctuaries

Bear N_Steffens

Target: Bradley Gerwig Jr, Owner of Deer Haven Mini Zoo

Goal: Retire all the animals from Deer Haven Mini Zoo and move them to accredited sanctuaries.

A roadside zoo in Maryland has been holding animals in disgusting conditions for much too long. Deer Haven Mini Zoo holds animals in small, dirty cages and seems to be denying veterinary care to many of the animals. It is time for this zoo to be shut down.

Eyewitness reports claim that a young black bear, Lily, has been seen disoriented and struggling to breath at only 5 years old. She lives in a small concrete cage surrounded by her own feces. In addition, she has a mass on her stomach that is the size of about three footballs.

Lily is not the only one living in these deplorable conditions. A pig was seen struggling to walk because of what seems to be an injured leg.

Sign this petition and demand that Deer Haven Mini Zoo retires all its animals to accredited sanctuaries. This place is no haven for these animals but hell on earth.


Dear Mr. Gerwig,

Your zoo has been holding animals in awful conditions for much too long. Many of your animals are apparently living in small cages surrounded by filth, including their own feces. These animals deserve to roam free and truly know what it’s like to be happy.

Eyewitness accounts reported your black bear acting disoriented, having a mass on her stomach the size of three footballs, and struggling to breath. They also reported a pig that was having a difficult time walking because of what seems to be an injured leg. There is no excuse for letting the animals live in this state.

Please consider retiring all of your animals to accredited sanctuaries. The animal rights group, PETA, has offered to move many of your animals at no cost to you. Please consider taking this generous offer and doing what is right for the animals. These animals deserve to spend the rest of their days roaming in fields, playing with friends and truly knowing the meaning of happiness.


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  1. Muriel Heanue says:

    I sign these petitions against animal cruelty and abuse, but I never have hope that signing will do any good. Until animals are no longer considered property (because heaven forbid that we interfere with anyone’s right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness) the fines and consequences for cruelty and abuse will remain minimal if there are any consequences at all.

    • Please keep signing petitions and fighting to change laws. Every voice counts and progress is slowing being made. Organizations like Animal Legal Defense Fund and In Defense of Animals are fighting hard to change/strengthen laws. Check out their websites – they have made progress in many cases they have brought against organizations and individuals who abuse animals. Don’t give up – Thank you!

    • Linda Barnett says:

      I can only reiterate the comments made by A. Peters, Muriel. If none of us sign petitions, then nothing WILL be done! Please continue to sign along with all of us. Signed petitions do make a difference. If we don’t speak up with our voiceless creatures, then who will? Thank you!

  2. Bradley Gerwig Jr, Owner of Deer Haven Mini Zoo. You make me sick and deserve to be brought to Justice for deliberate animal cruelty and suffering and jailed for your sadism and evilness.

    Retire all the animals from Deer Haven Mini Zoo and move them to accredited sanctuaries

  3. Deer Haven Mini Zoo , stop torturing the animals and retire all of them to accredited sanctuaries so that they can have appropriate vet care and accommodations that you have failed to provide. Lily and the pig needs medical attention right now.

  4. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

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  5. Linda Barnett says:

    Bradley Gerwig, do right by these innocent, vulnerable and helpless creatures and release them from this hell! Have some compassion for these wonderful creatures and release them to accredited sanctuaries where they can be professionally cared for with respect and humanity. Do something good in your life for once!

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