Emergency Ban Stops Wild-Cat Exploiters in Their Tracks

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.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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