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Finally! Feds Suspend Jambbas Ranch’s License

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | January 15, 2014

After years of PETA complaints, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finally brought the hammer down on Jambbas Ranch, a North Carolina roadside zoo that has an appalling history of failing animals.

In addition to a fine, for the next four months the facility cannot exhibit or deal in animals and must “cease and desist” from violating the federal Animal Welfare Act. Before it can resume operations, it must prove that it’s compliant with the law—something that it has been unable to do for some time.

Ben the Bear Caged

Late last year, PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and local citizens filed an urgent, formal complaint with the USDA and attached chilling photographs of the horrible conditions at Jambbas, including a dead rabbit locked in a cage, mounds of animal waste underneath the wire rabbit cages, filth-polluted water in the goats’ enclosure, and a bison with raw, open wounds.

PETA, the ALDF, and local citizens assisted in getting a bear named Ben—who had lived in a concrete box his whole life—retired to a comfortable sanctuary.

What You Can Do

Ask officials to revoke this awful facility’s license permanently.

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  • Pauline says:

    Peta I love and support you…keep up the amazing work!!!

  • Well done Peta I toytally agree this roadside zoo liccense should be revoked for ever

  • Vanessa says:

    These beautiful animals are not meant for cages, it’s God’s love for them to roam free… sad bad people hurt these animals just for money.. SHAME On THEM!!!!!!

  • mini597 says:

    So glad that Ben has a nice, safe and clean home now. Thanks everyone!

  • I hate the idea of zoos or private wild animal owners, which I don’t believe they should own wild animals in the first place, having their animals in conditions which do not go with the natural way an animal is supposed to live and thrive. Concrete floors for animals is really appalling, and many small zoos in the Middle East also have these and have no respect for the animals that they have captured and confined. No animal likes to be confined – not wildlife, not domesticated, not food consumption big agri-business animals, not marine mammals, no animal. It is their natural instinct to want and need to roam, run, swim, migrate, move around, etc. It is so sad that all human beings don’t think about what is best for the animal – they just are ignorant and/or greedy.

  • EYG says:

    I wonder what it takes to permanently revoke the licenses of these serial violators. The USDA/FSIS has proven to be an ineffectual waste of taxpayer dollars (as the recent OIG report substantiated). If there are no consequences to proven violators, then what is the agency good for?

  • Ana Ramos says:

    yay!! congratulations !! :D

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