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After PETA Appeal, Authorities Enforce County Law and Block Karl Mitchell, Owner of Big Cat Encounters, From Keeping Big Cats
For Immediate Release:February 14, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Pahrump, Nev. — One more aspect of Karl Mitchell's notorious
big-cat exhibition business is now illegal, thanks to last night's vote by the
Pahrump Regional Planning Commission (RPC). On the heels of an urgent appeal
from PETA, the RPC has unanimously agreed that Mitchell's continued unlawful
exhibition of dangerous big animals without a U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) exhibitor's license requires revocation of the conditional use permit
that has allowed Mitchell to keep dangerous exotic animals on the Pahrump,
Nev., property that he is leasing from Raymond Mielzynski.
"Mitchell's decades-long record of cruelty to big cats
has caught up with him," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law
Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "This man has zero respect for animals, for
the laws designed to protect them, or for the agencies that enforce those laws,
so PETA is relieved that Pahrump has taken an important step toward protecting
Mitchell's lengthy history of violating the federal Animal
Welfare Act includes failing to provide animals with adequate living
conditions, veterinary care, and palatable food and water; withholding water as
a training technique; and, of course, continuing to exhibit
big cats illegally. Earlier this week, PETA called on the USDA to bring
criminal charges against Mitchell, pointing out that his insistence on defying
the law in the face of three cease-and-desist orders and more than $100,000 in
fines requires appropriate legal consequences.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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