USDA Files Formal Complaint Against Oswald’s Bear Ranch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a formal complaint—which could result in fines and license suspension or revocation—against Oswald’s Bear Ranch over an incident in which two bear cubs escaped from their enclosures, leading to one of them being shot and killed, among other concerns. The roadside zoo’s owner, Dean Oswald, provided false information about the cubs’ escapes, which the USDA argued was evidence that he had “not shown good faith.” The USDA’s action comes after PETA uncovered Oswald’s lies from public records and urged the agency to investigate the matter.

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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