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Outrageous! USDA Sees—Then Turns a Blind Eye to—Jambbas Cruelty

Written by PETA | May 8, 2013

If anyone needed a reminder about how horribly the notorious Jambbas Ranch treats animals, a newly released report from a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection of the Fayetteville, North Carolina–based roadside zoo reveals that the agency has cited the facility yet again for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

USDA Takes Steps That Get Animals Nowhere

According to the report, the USDA inspector observed a “very thin” rabbit who was “dehydrated,” “reluctant to move,” and “too weak to reach [the] tall water can” in the cage. The rabbit also suffered from overgrown nails, ear mites, and inflamed ears, which Jambbas had only “treated” with Vaseline. The inspector also observed an abrasion on one of the rabbit’s footpads, which Jambbas had not even noticed, let alone treated—nor had the facility noticed that the animal was dehydrated, even though his or her skin was “tenting” (a loss of elasticity seen in cases of fluid loss).

In 2012, PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund joined concerned Fayetteville-area residents in filing a lawsuit challenging the USDA’s renewal of Jambbas’ license to exhibit animals since applicants must demonstrate AWA compliance. Yet despite this latest violation—and despite additional evidence of AWA noncompliance given to the agency by PETA—the USDA once again renewed Jambbas’ license on May 4!

To challenge this latest rubber-stamping of Jambbas’ license in the face of a violation found by its own inspector, PETA and the other plaintiffs will be seeking to amend their complaint in the lawsuit against the USDA. In January, a court denied a motion filed by the USDA seeking to dismiss the suit so that the agency could continue with “business as usual”—a business based on animals’ abject misery.

How You Can Help

PETA won’t rest until all the animals at Jambbas Ranch have bright futures, just as Ben the bear now does. Please urge USDA officials to revoke Jambbas’ license immediately and offer them the chance to live out their lives with pride and contentment.

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  • Tim Weber says:

    Why so many people act without a heart for animals. It’s unbelievable. World where are you going? Horrible future…

  • Atiye says:

    love Animals

  • Renata says:

    Horrible!

  • PETA IS THE BEST! says:

    I totally support PETA!

  • Simona says:

    Anyone who clearly disobeys the law should be punished.Jambba isn’t an exclusion,if the Ranch can’t meet the basic standarts for keeping, animals than it must shut down immediately.And it’s not just federal law,these people are breaking THE UNWRITTEN LAW OF BEING A HUMAN BEING.

  • Pauline Crowell says:

    The USDA is just as sadistic for allowing this cruel and sadistic acts to continue. This should be turned around and let the ones that is allowing this to go on and the heartless ones that is doing this to these helples, trusting animals be in the cages, being deprived of water and vet. care and have to live in the heat like these poor animals. God gave them feelings just like we as humans have. Your hearts have harden.

  • saint-martin says:

    Horrible !!!!

  • Kenna S says:

    This is an atrocity that much be stopped!

  • SABRINA HUSMANN says:

    WE NO LONGER LIVE IN THE DARK AGES! IT IS TIME TO LIVE WITH CARE & COMPASSION AND TREAT THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES WITH THE LOVE AND RESPECT THEY DESERVE. WE SHOULD BE STEWARDS OF OUR ENTIRE ENVIRONMENT WHICH INCLUDES ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD SEE AND KNOWS ALL, THOSE PERPETRATING THESE INEXUSABLE CRIMES WILL FACE PUNISHMENT BY GOD.

  • Clara Halfin says:

    IS THERE NO ONE AT THE USDA WITH A SOUL??? A CONSCIENCE??? HOW CAN YOU LET THIS CRIMINAL NEGLECT AND ABUSE CONTINUE??? REALLY HOW??? IF I LOOKED IN YOUR EYES I WOULD SURELY SEE BLACK NOTHINGNESS…

  • Julia Kohtes says:

    Animals have feelings too. They need to be treated respectfully.

  • gloria taber says:

    We have to be the voice for these precious animals. The 1st stop is to revoke Jambbas’ license. Then immediattely go get the animals and take them to a safe, comfortable place. And just pray that they’re strong enough to make it there.

  • Dr. Peter Allenbacher says:

    Revoke Jambbas’ licence immediately and never allow him to get in contact with animals again.

  • Donna Fine says:

    Do you job, please, and protect these animals that are unable to protect themselves.

  • lili says:

    every life is precious whether animal or human. animals must be treated with respect as well. revoke Jambba’s license.

  • Rebecca says:

    I really don’t understand how these people can sleep at night. How do they live with themselves? And what do they tell their kids…Daddy abuses animals all day. STOP THE MADNESS!

  • Karen Serrano says:

    Support PETA and help them to stop animal cruelty all over the world!! Shut down Jambba now!!

  • Malaysia Sapp-Irby says:

    Im tired of the cruelity im only 10 and im not putting up for animal cruelity

  • Lynne and Kenneth Benedetto says:

    Stop this horrible cruelty immediately!!!!!!!

  • Fionnghuaile Griffin says:

    Protect these animals now!

  • michelle hutchens says:

    Horrible!

  • Raquel Medina says:

    Very, very difficult to imagine, how can you live doing such cruelty? You are a shame!

  • Mark Urscheler says:

    The government entitites that oversee this need to be fired and replaced with someone who will do the job properly.

  • David Fisher says:

    Animal cruelty is a crime! These are kind loving animals that don’t understand why they are being abused, so let’s show some compassion and care for these animals as if they were our own pets(or even our own kids). C’mon, treat them with compassion and respect. They deserve nothing less.

  • Ryan Mooreson says:

    Please revoke Jambbas’ license!

  • Maya Moursy says:

    These poor animals dont have a voice. We r their voices!!! All animal cruelty should come to an end. Please stop this madness!!!

  • Maya Moursy says:

    Animals dont have a voice. We r their voices!!! all animal cruelty needs to stop!!!!

  • CAROL GREGORIA says:

    The City of Fayetteville and the USDA should have an investigation doneon them! Who is paying off who! That must be the only way Jambbas’was approved for renewal! USDA and Fayetteville should be watched carefully and thanks to PETA, we are aware of this horror and will not stop until these people are put out of business for good!

  • gloria finello says:

    Please, STOP this cruelty! NOW!

  • Michaela Fazecas says:

    Revoke license immediately!! And who goes to these exhibits anyway? It’s sick!

  • Sheree says:

    This is so DISTURBING!! This NEEDS end NOW!! The employees ALL should be ashamed of themselves for putting these helpless animals through this:(

  • Julia Kohtes says:

    Stopp cruelty!!!

  • Nani Anderson says:

    How dare we as people allow other people to continue just horrible crimes! FIGHT FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS. THEY ARE BEING TORTURED.

  • Natalie Gunthel says:

    Please end this outrageous mistreating.

  • Brenda Ross says:

    There needs to be an immediate stop to this cruelty to these poor helpless rabbits. The USDA needs to be accountable for issuing a licence to these people who obviously don’t know compassionate care! Can we stop this now, I am sick and tired of this insanity and cannot believe that human beings could be so brutal… theres is a definite problem here with these so called trusted servants both in animal care and welfare.

  • Dora Tanner says:

    This is cruel treatment for these defenseless animals. Let them go so that they can begin to live the life that GOD meant for them to have.

  • Kassandra Gearhart says:

    This sickens me! Stop this today! This should have been done in 2012 for good… So sad…

  • Malvina Landau says:

    This is outrageous and unbearable! Cruelty must stop!

  • Dawn says:

    I have been to Jambas ranch many times and each time I have tried to give the animals fresh water or ask someone to help an injured animal. One time I was there a goat had it’s horns stuck in the wire fence and other goats were raming it. I was with my young niece and we both screamed in horror trying to get help for it. There are so many more animals suffering I can not stand it!

  • Susan says:

    OUTRAGIOUS……SHUT THE PLACE DOWN…..I don’t know how these people live with themselves.

  • Claire Sharryn Roberto says:

    PLEASE STOP THE CRUELTY!!!!