The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ordered Tri-State Zoological Park; Animal Park, Care & Rescue, Inc.; their owner, Robert Candy; and their counsel to pay $56,655.77 in fees and costs to PETA within 180 days. The award is connected to a motion for sanctions that PETA filed after defendant Candy tried unsuccessfully to silence our critical fact witnesses days before our Endangered Species Act lawsuit against Tri-State went to trial. We won that lawsuit, resulting in the transfer of three big cats to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado and a ruling prohibiting the roadside zoo from owning or possessing endangered or threatened species. Tri-State’s appeal remains pending.
“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