Following a vigorous PETA campaign, Virginia law-enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at Wilson’s Wild Animal Park and seized more than 100 animals, including tigers, lions, bears, water buffalo, and camels, after the roadside zoo failed to provide animals with appropriate care, including adequate water and shelter. The Frederick/Winchester General District Court upheld the seizure, giving custody of the animals to the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordering Wilson’s to comply with state inspections of its facility and any remaining animals every 90 days for a period of one year.
“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE
— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind