Written by Jennifer OConnor
Update: After a
PETA staffer swore out a complaint against Henry Hampton, Lazy 5's owner, Hampton
finally made arrangements to trim two giraffes' painfully overgrown hooves.
Because he delayed the critical procedure and caused one giraffe to suffer for more than a year,
PETA is calling for prosecutors to pursue cruelty-to-animals charges against
him. However, PETA is open to dropping the charges if Hampton promises the
court that he'll adhere to a continual regimen of appropriate hoof care.
The following was originally posted December, 14, 2011.
North Carolina's Lazy 5 Ranch
should be the last place that schools take children on field
trips, unless the trip is meant to teach children about how cruelly animals are
treated in roadside zoos. But visiting Lazy 5 is exactly what some local
schools are doing.
In the last year and a half, federal authorities have cited Lazy
5 for 21 violations of animal welfare laws, and the
feds have also opened a formal investigation into the roadside zoo. One giraffe's hooves are so overgrown that she
has to walk on her heels. She has suffered this painful,
debilitating condition for more than a
The zoo has also been
cited for leaving a deer to languish with a hernia for more than a month after euthanasia
was recommended, failing to properly care for a deer with a large wound that
was infested with flies, failing to shear sheep who were left panting in heavy
fleece in 86-degree weather, and allowing dangerous, unsupervised public
contact with animals. The list goes on and on, and PETA
is appealing to all local schools to stay away.
local school takes children on field trips to the zoo or circus, click here for tips on reaching
out to your principal to get these cruel field trips off the list.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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