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Highway Hellholes: 17 Roadside Zoos on the Blacklist

If your family is planning a road trip, you can avoid bringing home awful memories simply by not stopping at decrepit roadside zoos and other cruel tourist traps that exploit animals. Vacationers with money to spend are what keep these archaic exhibits in business, and animals will continue to suffer as long as people heed the call of highway billboards and pull over. And don’t be swayed by places that tack on the word “sanctuary” or “rescue” to their name—it’s a deceptive ploy that many roadside zoos use to dupe unwitting visitors.

Lions in Cage at the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park (GW Zoo)

Don’t spend any of your vacation time at places where animals will still languish in misery long after you’re back home. Here are a few of the grimmest spots for animals:

Alligator Adventure and Barefoot Landing’s T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Barefoot Landing allows notorious exhibitor Kevin Antle, who forces tiger cubs and chimpanzees to interact with tourists for cruel moneymaking photo ops, to set up shop. Antle’s operation, T.I.G.E.R.S., has been repeatedly cited and has even been fined by federal authorities for serious violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including failure to provide animals with adequate veterinary care, sufficient cage space, protection from the elements, and clean water.

Reptiles aren’t regulated under the AWA, so the more than 700 alligators, crocodiles, snakes, and other reptiles at Alligator Adventure are afforded no protection.

Hollywild Animal Park

Wellford, South Carolina

Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assessed the roadside zoo a penalty of a nearly $19,000 for egregious violations of the AWA.

In January 2015, an electrical fire killed at least 28 animals at Hollywild Animal Park. Park employees told investigators that the roadside zoo’s maintenance staff had done the electrical “upgrades” themselves. Video footage taken at the facility showed animals who were underweight, pacing, crying out in distress, and housed in unsafe enclosures. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Hollywild for dozens of violations, including for the death of a baby alpaca who died from unknown causes in the summer of 2015. The baby’s mother also died from unknown causes. Several unsheared alpacas endured temperatures of up to 100 degrees while another was found severely underweight. Bears were confined to tiny, cramped concrete dens so small that they couldn’t stand on their hind legs, and one had no choice but to lie in her own feces. And a tiger was found caked in filth, confined to a muddy enclosure surrounded by feces and urine. The barn had also not been cleaned in so long that an inspector found the remains of an animal believed to be a deer inside, and discarded building materials and waste were left scattered around the facility.

Waccatee Zoo

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Even though keeping a chimpanzee alone is akin to keeping a human in solitary confinement, this roadside zoo kept a chimpanzee named Chico is isolation for more than 25 years. It has also kept many other primates alone. We begged the zoo to relinquish Chico, the lone chimpanzee there, to a sanctuary so that he could live in comfort with other chimpanzees. But the owners refused to do the right thing for this intelligent, social animal, and in November 2015, Chico died suddenly from congenital heart disease. The facility reportedly had no idea that he had a heart condition. Chico was only 31 years old. The facility has been repeatedly cited for failing to provide animals with veterinary care and having filthy water receptacles and enclosures.

Waccatee Zoo Heartbreaking Primate

Three Bears General Store

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Three Bears General Store is notorious for violating federal animal-protection laws. Visitors to this Tennessee tourist trap have been seen pelting bears with broken dog biscuits and chunks of fruit. The USDA has repeatedly cited Three Bears for failing to allow the animals to enter their dens during the day in order to escape public view or take shelter from inclement weather. The bears apparently have only one water source that they drink from and bathe in. Employees have reported that if the bears are slow to come out of their night pens, they’re locked inside for the rest of the day.

The bears were trapped in their holding pens when the General Store burned down in 2008. Instead of closing this roadside zoo down for good, the owners rebuilt.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Las Vegas, Nevada

Bonnie Springs Ranch has been cited for confining animals to ramshackle, dilapidated cages and failing to provide animals, including a pig with an open wound and a deer with a lump on his throat, with veterinary care.

Serenity Springs Wildlife Center

Calhan, Colorado

This roadside zoo’s own records show that between 2008 and 2013, one out of every three animals at the facility died. According to the USDA, most of these deaths were the result of improper handling or a lack of veterinary care for suffering animals. This facility has also acquired tigers from the notorious Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park.

Portland Aquarium

Portland, Oregon

Update: The facility closed its doors in 2016, although a spokesperson did not rule out that it could open in a different location. Most of the animals were reportedly shipped to the owner’s Austin location. Also in 2016, Ammon Covino, co-owner of the aquarium, was found to be in violation of the conditions of his parole after his 2015 felony conviction for conspiracy to purchase and sell wildlife illegally.

Death logs revealed that more than 200 marine animals died at the Portland Aquarium in just a three-month period—many of the deaths were the result of starvation and other forms of neglect. This facility is owned by brothers Ammon and Vince Covino, who are also involved with other decrepit aquariums in Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary

Palm Harbor, Florida

PETA has campaigned against this decrepit hellhole for many years—dating back to when it was called Noell’s Ark Chimp Farm. This facility is by no means a “sanctuary” but rather a roadside menagerie with a long history of AWA violations. Even though license revocations are extremely rare, the USDA yanked Noell’s Ark Chimp Farm’s exhibitor’s license in 1999—yet the same roadside zoo, operated by the granddaughter of the original owners, opened a few years later under a misleadingly grandiose name. The facility has been repeatedly cited for keeping primates in rusty, dilapidated cages with jagged edges and it keeps an orangutan named Pongo in solitary confinement in a barren enclosure.

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Alligator with Swollen Feet

Dade City’s Wild Things

Dade City, Florida

Wild Things offers swimming encounters with tiger cubs and alligators. The facility is notorious for incessantly breeding tigers, only to tear the cubs away from their mothers shortly after birth in order to force the babies to participate in the lucrative and cruel encounters. Once the cubs grow too large for public contact, they’re relegated to tiny cages on the property, where most will spend their lives on a barren concrete pad.

The roadside zoo has also allowed children to use live pythons as paintbrushes, exposing them to the risk of contracting salmonellosis and other zoonotic diseases.

The USDA filed a lawsuit against the roadside zoo for allegedly exposing young animals to systemic stress and abuse by routinely forcing them to “swim” and “play” with members of the public, without protective barriers.

Jungle Island

Miami, Florida

Jungle Island opened in 1936 as Parrot Jungle and was known for its parrot-on-a-bicycle shows. Its animal shows have remained little more than circus acts, but the focus has switched from parrots to other wild animals—including endangered tigers and orangutans. Visitors are encouraged to pay in order to interact with the animals and have their picture taken with them. The roadside zoo’s owner, Bern Levine, has rented out animals for television shows and TV commercials. Levine also discarded an elderly chimpanzee named Edith, sending her to live in a filthy, barren enclosure at a roadside menagerie in Texas.

Jungle Island has also partnered with Kevin Antle. (See T.I.G.E.R.S.)

chimpanzee, Edith, sitting on a tire, looking very depressed

Cherokee Bear Zoo and Santa’s Land

Cherokee, North Carolina

Cherokee Bear Zoo and Santa’s Land—two roadside zoos located on tribal land in western North Carolina—keep bears and other animals in grossly inhumane conditions. As if they were stuck in a 1950s time warp, these facilities display neurotic, hungry bears in desolate concrete pits or cramped cages in which the animals pace back and forth, walk in endless circles, cry, whimper, and “beg” tourists to throw them food.

Cherokee Bear Zoo

Tregembo Animal Park

Wilmington, North Carolina

In 1998, PETA named this roadside zoo (then known as the Tote Em In Zoo) as one of the worst in the country. Other than the name, not much has changed. Visitors have documented horrible living conditions for animals—including algae-filled water receptacles and tiny, filthy cages—and even bodies of dead and decaying animals on the property.

Syrian Bear at Tregembo

The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park

Wynnewood, Oklahoma

The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park (aka “G.W. Exotics” and “G.W. Zoo”) is a sleazy menagerie that buys, sells, trades, and breeds animals. This roadside zoo continues to churn out tiger cubs for use in photo sessions, even though it was under investigation for the deaths of 23 tiger cubs who died within a seven-month period. In 2006, owner Joe Schreibvogel was put on probation for 18 months and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for nearly 200 AWA violations.

Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari

Gentry, Arkansas

Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari is a living hell for the animals imprisoned there. Many have lost body parts—from the tips of their fingers to the ends of their tails—likely from frostbite or a lack of veterinary care. The USDA has cited the facility after finding animals who were suffering from lesions and a spider monkey who appeared to have exposed bone on some of his toes. In addition, a lion cub was found dead in his enclosure, apparently having been strangled by his collar. The facility has also repeatedly failed to provide animals with adequate shelter.

The owner has been fined nearly $20,000 for animal-welfare violations, and his son admitted to selling four endangered tigers to a Missouri dealer who killed and skinned the cats and sold their hides.


Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Marineland displays one lone orca, beluga whales, dolphins, sea lions, and walruses in cramped tanks. It’s estimated that more than 40 whales and dolphins have died at the theme park. Marineland has imported beluga whales and dolphins who were stolen from their ocean homes. Visitors are allowed to feed and touch the belugas throughout the day. The park also keeps bears, deer, bison, and elk confined to cages that are surrounded by noisy roller coasters and other rides.

An investigation conducted by the Toronto Star detailed widespread reports of negligence, cruelty, and mass animal graves.

Guzoo Animal Farm

Three Hills, Alberta, Canada

Update: In May 2015, the facility was finally forced to get rid of all its exotic animals. The owner sold them to other zoos and announced that he plans to keep most of the domestic stock and open a petting zoo.

Animals have lived and died in squalor at this roadside hellhole since it opened in 1990. Over the years, video and photos have surfaced of feces-filled cages, food crawling with maggots, and piles of dead animals on the property. Zoocheck Canada has compiled a full report on Guzoo’s appalling history.

Bowmanville Zoo

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

The Bowmanville Zoo has a history of hauling animals to public events, placing both the public and animals at risk—including an incident in which it forced an elephant named Limba to participate in a parade, even though she was reportedly suffering from cancer. She died shortly thereafter. An audit conducted by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (now World Animal Protection) gave the zoo a failing grade in every category. In April 2016, after PETA provided the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) with video footage of zoo owner Michael Hackenberger viciously whipping a tiger, the OSPCA filed five cruelty-to-animals charges against him. In June 2016, the zoo announced that it will be closing its doors by the end of the year and attributed this to PETA’s eyewitness footage. Until it closes, though, tell everyone you know never to go to this miserable place.

Edmonton Valley Zoo

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Even though elephants are extremely social animals and need the company of other elephants for their emotional well-being, Lucy has been alone for years at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Because of Alberta’s frigid winters—which are ill-suited to an Asian elephant—Lucy spends nearly half of the year in a small barn and exhibits behavior that indicates severe psychological distress.

Delightful Destinations

You won’t be taking home anything but souvenirs and great memories from these stops:

  • The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is an organization that has rigorous standards of sanctuary management and animal care. GFAS-accredited sanctuaries never breed animals or use them in commercial activities. These refuges provide animals with excellent lifelong care. Some of the member sanctuaries provide educational tours, but not all of them do, so if you’re interested in visiting one with tours, please check before you go.
  • Established in 1963, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park created in the United States. The park, combined with the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. These areas were established to protect and preserve the only living coral reef in the continental United States. You can swim with the animals—in their home, on their terms.
  • Another stop in the Keys could be The Turtle Hospital, which rescues and rehabilitates turtles in trouble and releases back all the turtles it responsibly can.
  • Nashville Shores’ Treetop Adventure Park is a thrilling obstacle course with suspended bridges, scramble nets, swinging logs, Tarzan jumps, and more, all set in the woods. There’s also a water park, camping facilities, and a dog park.
  • The Adventuredome is America’s largest indoor theme park. It features thrill rides, traditional carnival rides, laser tag, miniature golf, bumper cars, midway booths, an arcade, clown shows, and more—all located under a huge glass dome. Only in Las Vegas!
  • Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has top concert acts and tons of rides in addition to its water park.
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  • alumbrame says:

    Hay que tomar acciones para que la ley multe y castigue a estos vividores.
    Hay que amar a la naturaleza o por lo menos hay que RESPETARLAAAAAA!!!

  • bernie williams says:

    Unless an animal needs medical caring, no animal anywhere deserves to be caged. We would not want to be caged so why should they be. Mother Nature gave us a world of freedom. We seem to prefer to lock it up. Fences on properties. Caged animals. The earth belongs to Mother earth not us. We are lucky to experience it and take care of it and leave a better place for our children. I hope they will know that animals still exist and are not extinct and in animal books.

  • vincenzo says:

    avoid animal exhibits !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shelli Bender says:

    Never thought about it like that. From now on I will never go to a place where animals are for “show” Thanks PETA

  • Jessica Randall says:

    This is an embarracement.

  • Sanjiv says:

    Agree with the above, – also we need to educate people how how we actually get our milk, – the impregnation of dairy cows for 9 months a year, – subsequent slaughter of their offspring so that we can get the milk. Also, that many male chicks will die in hatcheries (maybe macerated), so that the females can lay eggs for us, last a shorter life and then are killed.

  • Val says:

    Help the animals because they cannot talk to end their suffering. Don’t remain silent when animals are cruelly treated.



  • Sealcat says:

    Places that are cruel to the animals in their care are horrible, and I certainly won’t visit any cruel places such as those above but I would like to point out there are a few less cruel places that house animals. I visted a sanctuary in austria where animals had spaciouse enclosers, and many of which were rescued animals that had been previously abused. So though I support PETA’s protest against cruel vacation spots, I would like to remind people not all ‘zoos’ for lack o f a better word are cruel.

  • susan says:

    How can we shut these people down once and for all?

  • Lynn says:

    Jujube … totally agree. Although I’m not militant in my love for animals, such places are completely unnatural, especially if you are dealing with “circus” type environments. Cruel and unnatural. I’d suggest people wanting to see the animals go into the wild where they actually live and observe them (with proper training beforehand, if need be). I’m a free lance photographer, videographer and musician and I love documenting animals and nature in the wild.

  • Lynn says:

    Jujube … totally agree. Although I’m not militant in my love for animals, such places are completely unnatural, especially if you are dealing with “circus” type environments. Cruel and unnatural. I’d suggest people wanting to see the animals go into the wild where they actually live and observe them (with proper training beforehand, if need be). I’m a free lance photographer, videographer and musician and I love documenting animals and nature in the wild.

  • Lynn says:

    I’m not a fan of these kinds of parks anyway and never have been. I’ve seen a bullhook in action too, when I visited Europe years ago. They actually stick it into the elephant, enough so it bleeds and pull them around with it. I think the CIA has kinder methods than this jerks! I do like thrill rides though 🙂 Just leave the animals out of it ….

  • Jocelyne FAROUAULT says:

    Just go anf walk in the nature is better than going in “deadly destination”, listen to birds, watching animals in their environnement, watch the flowers grow and have a good book to read,enjoy leisure sports : all theese things are better for human and better for animals rights … have a nice summer !

  • vikki says:

    Sea World

    San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, California; Orlando, Florida
    At Sea World, orca whales perform tricks for food; swim endless circles in small, barren concrete tanks; and live far short of the 60-year lifespan that orcas enjoy in the wild. In the wild, these whales live in tight family units, with bonds that may last a lifetime.

    In their ocean homes, dolphins swim together in family pods up to 100 miles a day. At Sea World, their home is reduced to a virtual bathtub.

    Sea World, which owns most of the captive orcas and dolphins in the United States, has one of the worst histories of animal care. At least 36 orcas and 54 dolphins have died at U.S. Sea World facilities. The aquarium industry worldwide has claimed the lives of at least 150 orcas and 963 dolphins. And until it was exposed to the public, Sea World routinely shot and killed hybrid ducks who flew in and joined Sea World’s resident bird population.

    The wild ducks are not allowed to mingle because of the risk of disease.

  • celia says:

    If you love somebody, will you leave him/her as a rubish?? I do NOT think so, you will take care for him/her. Thanks a lot for loving them!!

  • Patricia peters says:

    Every year for tha past 10 years my husband and I have spent 2 weeks in Myrtle Beach, SC. I couldn’t wait to go to Barefoot Landing for days of shopping & dining fun. Then 2 years ago we saw the Tiger exhibit there. It was so upsetting to see them there that I told several businesses I wouldn’t be back until that exhibit was gone, and I haven’t been back since. Those poor animals are more important than a few days of fun. I take my business elsewhere. But if that habitat leaves Barefoot Landing, I’d go back in a heartbeat. Do these businesses realize how many people are appalled by these “interactive” exhibits? Instead of just walking away, tell them why you can’t do business with them anymore. They must be told, because thay’re either clueless or just don’t care.

    There is also a State Park there, the name of which I cannot remember. There was a “zoo.” The zoo consisted of an allegator & otters living in disgusting mud holes, and caged birds. I left that “paradise” in tears. I’d love to go back to see the sculpture exhibits there, but can’t bring myself to go back. However, I will go in September, and if the situation is unchanged, I will report it after I voice my opinion to Park officials.

  • Spiritwoman says:

    Why doesn’t someone contact Dolly Parton about the inhumane treatment at Dollywood. She seems a reasonable woman.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    may god destroy these destinations.

  • steve calder says:

    its about time people stopped abusing animals just because they cant say wouldent abuse a child so dont abuse the animals

  • Techmonster says:

    These types of abuses for human entertainment, along with the treatment of pigs on factory farms, hens in the commercial egg producing industry, duck and geese in the Foie Gras factories, and cows in all industries is inhuman, inhumane, inexcusable and unacceptable.

    If these actions were committed against humans, the perpetrators would be hunted down, convicted and imprisoned for heinous atrocities and crimes against humanity.

    Other living creatures are apparently not entitled to that same level of respect.

  • Vikas says:

    Save animals, Save humanity.

  • Jordan says:

    I recently attented TIGERS, the animals are confined in cages and forced to stay there at barefoot landing for hours. The viewers are told that this is not there real home and that they go to a reserve that helps to save them. I felt sick the moment I saw a mother tiger Running around the cage anxiously, because she had been separated from her baby. Meanwhile, her baby was being waken up and forced to
    Have high flashes in his eyes constantly as tourists paid over $100, to a scam that they thought was helping to save tigers and other wildlife. It makes me sick that peple can advertise to the public that they are helping animals when in reality they are doing nothing but hurting them and making money off of them. This exhibit and place is an awful place to see. And something needs to be done to help these beautiful animals that don’t deserve to be living like this…

  • mmbk says:

    We all need to boycott these places and write to our congress people to outlaw these horrific practices and places that participate in such cruelty.

  • Cyndi says:

    I can’t find the words to explain how disturbing this information is to me. I always knew that taking these animals out of their natural habitat was unhealthy but I didn’t know that they were abused as well. It makes me sick just thinking about it. I hope and pray that someday they will ALL be released into the wild where God intended them to be. I will never support any of these amusement parks or circuses or anything that confines any animal. I can’t even go into a pet store where puppies, etc. are kept in tiny cages when they need to run and frolic to get exercise. I’m so sad about all of this. Hunting animals is also violent!!!! PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS NOW!!!!!!!!

  • Francoise may says:

    As far as i can remember as a child at 5 years of age iwas aware of the abomination regarding thtreatment of animals by human.awareness came at aaaaavery

  • Francoise may says:

    As far as i can remember as a child at 5 years of age iwas aware of the abomination regarding thtreatment of animals by human.awareness came at aaaaavery

  • nancy says:

    When I raised my children some 40 years ago, I refused to take them to zoos, Sea World, and all other places similar to those selected NOT to visit. I could not teach them that it was okay to cage animals who belonged in the wild, and that it was okay to train them for human benefit – and profit. I do not regret my decision, even though they thought I was weird compared to their friends’ parents.

  • clare anderson says:

    I would be interested to know of holiday destinations to avoid in Europe and in Asia. I have been to some sancturaries in malaysia, thailand and the UK and their some of their practices I didnt like.

  • c harrison says:

    This is a disgrace , PLEASE PLEASE LETS STOP THIS , people making money out of these poor innocent animals its disgusting , its sickining and barbarick , lets help stop this , all of these poor animals do not deserve to suffer like this , lets keep moving forward and make sure we protect these animals and aqua life , and get these idiots that think its ok to exploit them in the way they do EDUCATED and fined ( imprisonment would be more apealing , let them live in a cage)

  • Sue Griffiths says:

    Why can’t Peta, Humane Society and all animal advocates join together to massively lobby governments starting with USA, to call for the end of inhumane man made habitats or cages, bear pits, anywhere where animals can’t display their natural behaviour. No animal should spend its precious life behind bars or in a small pool. It’s all very well putting out petitions (and I sign them all), but something really MASSIVE needs to be done once and for all. If a place is not good enough, it should be closed down immediately, not just be given a ticking off by some toothless court. I can never understand why bad conditions are not treated as extremely urgent. No animal should be pacing back and fore, or ‘trained’ for entertainment. Just get the right laws passed and and go out on a mission to put right the many, many wrongs that are done to animals by humans. Each and every animal’s life is as precious to itself as ours is to us. Not a moment should be wasted. Perhaps we should have a petition for the big animal organisations to join together.

  • BILL & CAROL says:

    We beg you to have some measure of compassion for these sad unfortunate animals and listen to Peta.They feel everything we humans do ,the only difference is we can change our circumstances ,they can’t, unfortunately they are at the mercy of incompassionate human beings and unless someone who is in a position to do so,and has the guts to stand up and be counted then God help these poor animals.

  • Traude F. says:

    Marineland and others mean simply torture to the animals, which are destinated
    for the sea, where they used to live for many, many years. Everyone, who loves
    these admirable creatures should not and tell his children also not to
    go there as this is the only way to stop it; beyond our protests.

  • Virginia Greenwood-Warner says:

    I am a vegan and very very proud of it.I do not understand how people can be sooo cruel to other creatures and obviously not care. What kind of species are we? Whoever designed us must have been drunk or high at the time.

  • Patricia Madi says:

    Every human being should imagine being locked up in cages for life …. that might change attitudes …

  • teresa clark says:

    I feel helpless because all what we see, we can only comment on or sign a petition. So much cruelty in this world and yet no matter what we campaign it will still happen. I pray for the animals and children harmed by others and pray one day all this will stop.

  • silvia & jean -pierre Chauvat says:

    Animals are not ours to cage , maim or torment in any way , when will people realize that ? Thank you PETA for your indefatigable action , one day will see the vote of a law for the rights of animals ( human rights are daily trampled on , but that’s OUR problem as a species ). Keep informing people and compassion will develop eventually …for humans too !

  • fatima says:

    pls help to animals

  • jeannette marriott says:

    In this world there are two types of people,1 being those who care and havee compassion for all creatures in this world. 2 These are the people who only thing of how much they can make in money from animals.The second kind do not have any sence of doing the right thing,wether it be keeping them in so called zoos, experimenting on them, abusing them etc. .All animal abuse is morally wrong and if it carries on much longer then animals will all become extinct. We all are in a position to change the laws governing animal wealfare….ITS TIME TO USE YOUR VOICE AND STOP SITTING ON THE FENCE!!!!!!!

  • Sudha says:

    :(..I’m Sorry for those poor animals

  • Taylor says:

    I’m glad we can all unite as animal lovers and fight back against cruelty in this world. People that abuse animals are sickening. There’s no way I’m going to visit any location that relates to that sort in the slightest.

  • Liv says:

    The atrocities that are visited on all living creatures, whether in the name of science, done publicly or privately, for the almighty dollar or entertainment of some makes me ashamed to call myself a member of the human race. Thank God for PETA and and all the others who go unnamed or noticed in their good works for animals. ATROCITIES ARE NO LESS ATROCITIES WHEN THEY OCCUR IN LABS AND ARE CALLED MEDICAL RESEARCH. I would also quote Albert Einstein here, ” The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it”. Smart man. And Michael Jackson for “if you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at and make that change”. That’s exactly what I am going to do.

  • Carole Nestor says:

    PETA you have a wonderful awareness program in place congratulations on a job well done. What a good idea to ban these places and name them perhaps some people will take notice and make sure others will realise what is going on. Wake up people of this MODERN world, animals are suffering to the max for the enjoyment of mankind both as amusement and food. Go behind the scenes in a documentary on a zoo or amusement park or take a look at a documentary on factory farming and see how your food is produced. It’s horrifying.

  • Colleen Gilbee says:


  • ChloeC says:


    WE need to educate the ignoramus to STOP these evils and decimate our greed on meat.

  • nicola williams says:

    name and shame

  • Molly says:

    Umm…the T.I.G.E.R.S place in Myrtle Beach saves their animals. And Alligator adventure has saved some. TIGERS has probably been cited so many times because they were sick when they saved them. When I went to the tiger sanctuary, a guy who owned a monkey that took a picture with people actually lived with the guy. I don’t know about the other places on this list, but if you wanna list a place in Myrtle Beach…go to the freakin Waccatee Zoo. Their animals are boarded up. Including the lions. It’s horrible. But TIGERS and Alligator Adventure are fine. They are not “mean” and “disgusting” and “horrifying” places.

  • emma rugari says:

    If caged animals must be mistreated all their lives for the entertainment of humans, how about they be left in peace in the wild where they belong, as nature intended.

    Sincerely, Emma Rugari.

  • richard says:

    When i think about the cruelty of this evil human race i dispair. When i read about Peta’s valiant and brave work on earth and think abouts its founder Ingrid i tinge of hope remains. Religion has caused misery on this earth for billions of animals throughout the ages and this talk of a make believe soul is pathetic.

  • snipernlucky says:

    Another sickening sight is the sad and lonely life of the inhumane stupid pony ride at Rogers flea market in Rogers,Ohio. 4 ponys straped to a tight harness go around & around in a 25 ft. circle.All day long… matter the weather. Fun for the kids right??? I’m sure the Ponies really love it also ! Yea Right !!!