Shut Down Allegedly Abusive Roadside Zoo

Target: Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Do not allow zoo accused of violating multiple animal welfare laws to continue its operations.

For years, Deer Haven Mini Zoo, a roadside animal attraction in Maryland, has been accused of keeping its animals in deplorable conditions and denying them basic veterinary care. The zoo has garnered a long list of citations from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and yet it continues to keep a number of animals, ranging from pigs to bobcats, in cramped and filthy cages, allegedly forcing the creatures to stand in their own feces. It is time for the USDA to intervene and shut down this zoo for good.

While some animals (such as Lily, a black bear who was carrying over 200 pounds in excess weight and could hardly breathe) have been retired from Deer Haven Mini Zoo to wildlife sanctuaries, others have not been so fortunate. Eyewitnesses report seeing an arctic fox with severe skin disease and a pig with overgrown hooves, among other signs of neglect. Nearly all the animals are said to live in small, concrete enclosures surrounded by their own waste.

Deer Haven Mini Zoo appears to be using its animals for profit without taking even their most basic needs into consideration. As they have not shown any intention to improve, they must be forced to shut down. Sign this petition and demand that the USDA close this roadside zoo permanently and ensure its animals are moved to accredited sanctuaries.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Perdue,

Over the years, Maryland’s Deer Haven Mini Zoo has racked up an impressive list of  citations for failing to provide basic veterinary care or shelter to the many animals in its care. In addition to this, eyewitnesses have reported seeing animals with skin diseases and overgrown hooves, with others constantly pacing due to psychological stress. One former resident, a bear named Lily, was found to be morbidly obese and standing in her own waste due to the tiny size of her cage.

The zoo’s owners have done little to address these and all other concerns regarding the welfare of their animals. That is why we, the undersigned, demand that you intervene and shut down Deer Haven Mini Zoo once and for all, and ensure that all remaining animals are sent to wildlife sanctuaries.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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8 Comments

  1. FREE THE ANIMALS TO SANCTUARY FROM THIS NOW.

  2. Stephanie Geyser says:

    What is the point of having animal welfare laws, if you do not enforce them, despite this facility constantly “violating multiple animal welfare laws”? Why are you not doing your job and closing down this abomination?

  3. Jacqui Skill says:

    Shut down this zoo and put the animals in accredited sanctuary.put the owner and operator in jail!..

  4. STOP BARBARISM AGAINST ALL LIVING CREATURES!
    FOR ALL OF THESE INSANE, RUTHLESS AND INHUMANE BREED SOMEONE FORGOT MAIN THINGS IN HUMANES EDUCATION. WHO IS IT?

    ALL THAT  BARBARIC  MUD AND RESPONSIBLE  NONPERSONS  ARE SENSELESS FOR ALL OTHER TERRESTRIALS – SUSPEND THEM OF ALL HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS!
    THE INHUMANE and BARBARIC ASSHOLE – STYLE HAS TO STOP!
    STOP THE ASSHOLE-STYLE, AND BAN INHUMANITY – PERSONS RESPONSIBLE!
    THIS KIND OF BARBARISM AGAINST LIVING CREATURES IS LESS THAN INHUMANE AND MUST HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE CRIMINAL RABBLE, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE!
    THE RESPONSIBLE LAWMAKERS FROM THE LAST DECADES WILL CATCH A PLACE IN HISTORY FOR THE WORST DUMB DESTROYERS ON OUR PLANET EVER!
    Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!

  5. Agree all comments do the same to owners Shut down now. What’s wrong with cruel fucken countries and laws.

  6. Why do all our USELESS government agencies fail to uphold their own frickin’ laws?!! SICK TO DEATH of all this hypocrisy and double-speak!!!

  7. Bev Woodburn says:

    Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture

    Do not allow zoo accused of violating multiple animal welfare laws to continue its operations.

    For years, Deer Haven Mini Zoo, a roadside animal attraction in Maryland, has been accused of keeping its animals in deplorable conditions and denying them basic veterinary care. The zoo has garnered a long list of citations from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and yet it continues to keep a number of animals, ranging from pigs to bobcats, in cramped and filthy cages, allegedly forcing the creatures to stand in their own feces. It is time for the USDA to intervene and shut down this zoo for good.

    Please send these precious animals to a safe sanctuary for animals.

  8. Ruth Rogers says:

    I signed @ 2115 Signatures.
    Please sign.

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