May 1, 2015
The Caroline County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors enacted an emergency ordinance to ban the possession of wild animals after learning that wild-cat exploiters Gretchen Mogensen and Paul Malagerio sought to enter the county with a tiger, two mountain lions, and other wild cats. After learning about the planned move from concerned Caroline County residents, PETA’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement (CALE) Division rushed a complaint to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and supplied the county with information about the pair’s history at the Natural Bridge Zoo. The county later voted to make the ban permanent.