Law-Breaking Tiger Keeper Slapped With 30-Day Notice After PETA Complaint

April 22, 2015

Mike Stapleton, who is notorious for illegally harboring tigers on his property, was hit with an official 30-day notice from the Ohio Department of Agriculture requiring that he comply with laws mandating minimum standards of care for tigers or surrender the animals to authorities. The notice followed a PETA complaint alerting authorities to whistleblower reports that five tigers were found to be housed in dilapidated cages made of corrugated sheet metal, wire, and cyclone fencing. The animals were also reportedly forced to walk and sleep on hard concrete or gravel with no meaningful enrichment.

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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