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Update: Menagerie Allegedly Lets Bear Get Mauled, Languish for Two Weeks

Written by PETA | April 22, 2014

PETA received a worried call from a witness who said that she had spotted an unresponsive bear lying in a cage at the G.W. Zoo, along with what appeared to be fresh blood. PETA alerted the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A game warden raced to the G.W. Zoo the same day, the USDA got there the next day, and the bear was apparently peacefully euthanized. Strangely, the facility’s owner, Joe Schreibvogel, posted a message on his Facebook page stating that the bear had been mauled by another bear a full two weeks earlier. The evidence suggests that Schreibvogel had deprived the bear of needed veterinary care after the attack and thus made him suffer further, an apparent violation of Oklahoma law. PETA is now asking the district attorney to pursue cruelty-to-animals charges against Schreibvogel. If convicted of this felony cruelty offense, he’ll face one to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000. And Schreibvogel is currently the subject of at least four other USDA investigations.

The following was originally published on April 15, 2014:

The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park (aka “G.W. Exotics” and “G.W. Zoo”), the sleazy menagerie that buys, sells, trades, and breeds animals—and profits from using baby animals for public photo opportunities—can add yet another citation to its lengthy rap sheet, which already includes multiple Animal Welfare Act violations. We’ve just found out that a PETA complaint prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to cite G.W. Exotics for failing to have protective barriers between workers and animals, among other violations. PETA contacted the agency and asked it to investigate after a tiger ripped part of the arm off a woman working at the facility.

As OSHA has repeatedly recognized, having employees in direct physical contact with big cats, bears, and other dangerous animals places them at risk of serious physical harm and even death.

A PETA investigator who exposed the cruelty, neglect, and dangerous conditions at G.W. Exotics in 2006 was often required to work for more than 12 hours per day in hazardous circumstances. You can help animals and people by encouraging your congressional representatives to support legislation to protect big cats and public safety.

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  • dee ahlquist says:

    Where is the petition for public outcry!? This man must be charged with multiple felony charges! The zoo must be shut down immediatly and the animals MUST get medical attention and be sent to sanctuaries!
    ASAP ! I’ll bet this isn’t the first thing that has happened there! If this guy treated this bear so poorly, he has done it before! Please start a petition to puy some fire under OSHA butts!! NOW!

  • EYG says:

    This makes my blood boil.

  • courtney lester says:

    Wheres medical attention for this bear the zoos need to be held liable for the 2 weeks this bear had to suffer and obviously need to be monitored intel somethings changed.

  • angela eckert says:

    How could this Zoo let this bear lie there without vet care? Shut down this Zoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Della La Pre says:

    Animal cruelty and neglect is no regard for animal welfare. Greed is the primary focus of zoo operators. Animals have pain, emotions, depression, loss and suffering. Zoo’s and it’s employee’s show no compassion or conscience. Not only should zoos be banned and shut down, punishment should be enforced not just fined. Violations with no real consequences does not deter other operations and serves no justice to animals. Animal Welfare Act please do your job

  • Pam Wheeler says:

    he’s been allowed to do this crap for ” how long” and nothing was done, the bear layed there for 2 weeks and nobody reported it, seriously, does nobody check these zoo’s at all, how many animals have to die, euthanized peacefully is a freakin joke, you shouldn’t even be allowed to say that, he suffered, so he was still suffering when he was euthanized, a few minutes before being euthanized does not put peaceful even on a list, this is just rediculous

  • MammaMia says:

    Nothing really surprising here… I’m happy some people are taking animal welfare seriously. Hopefully this place can be shut down soon in the future. $ 5200 sounds quite little, comparing there are 3 serious violations and 1 other-than-serious violation. Thank you for revealing the truth, PETA and OSHA.

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