Written by PETA
PETA is calling upon the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) to investigate whether the owner of a New Jersey roadside zoo and pet store did enough to prevent a fire
in which two giraffes, up to 15 parrots, and several dogs and cats died. The letter
also asks the USDA, "[I]f this loss of life is found to have
been preventable, … hold Sipp and Animal Kingdom Zoo responsible."
Every day has its
share of tragedy for captive wild animals forced to languish in cramped
enclosures at roadside
and pet stores.
The fire at Animal Kingdom Zoo is the second since April, when a fire killed
Burton Sipp's wife, Bridget. In the latest fire, a mother giraffe and her calf
were locked inside a building, and the mother was crushed to death by a falling
wall, raising questions about the facility's structural integrity. Her calf also
did not live through the night. Indeed, just over two weeks before this lethal
fire, the USDA cited the facility for 19 violations
of the Animal Welfare Act, including
failure to maintain the structural strength of the giraffe enclosure and
numerous other animal enclosures.
Please never visit
roadside zoos or facilities that sell animals. You can also help animals at three roadside zoos—Cherokee Bear Zoo, Chief Saunooke Bear Park, and Santa's Land—by
clicking here to urge officials to close these dilapidated facilities.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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