The Camel Farm’s Exhibitor’s License Has Been Permanently Revoked—but the Animals Still Need Your Help

Update: August 28, 2020
In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture filed a formal federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) complaint against The Camel Farm to hold it accountable for nearly 50 alleged violations of the AWA, all relating to failures to provide appropriate veterinary care. On August 27, 2020, the facility entered into a consent decree resolving this enforcement proceeding and resulting in the facility’s permanent loss of its license to exhibit animals! But the animals are still there, suffering at the hands of this neglectful exhibitor. Please help them by urging The Camel Farm to transfer them to reputable facilities.

The Camel Farm is a roadside zoo in Yuma, Arizona, with a long history of violating federal animal welfare laws. Even though there have been years of U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection reports citing the facility for neglecting animals—including a goat who had a prominent swelling on her head and a fox who was repeatedly found with hair loss and red, inflamed skin on all four feet—The Camel Farm has yet to transfer the animals to reputable facilities where they could receive proper care.

Foxy with hair loss and red, inflamed skin on the knuckles of her feet. This condition has been ongoing since May 2017, and went untreated for over a week after treatment was prescribed by the attending veterinarian.

This roadside zoo has been cited repeatedly for failing to provide animals—including sick, wounded, and lame ones—with adequate veterinary care. Inspectors have repeatedly found numerous animals there with hair loss or overgrown hooves. In many instances, The Camel Farm has ignored veterinary recommendations, and it even attempted an unapproved procedure on an animal that caused additional suffering and worsened the condition. Many animals at the facility are also confined to small pens in varying states of disrepair—some of which were found to contain excessive mud and standing water, which can pose a health risk to the animals—often with little to no shade from the relentless Arizona heat.

a coati at The Camel Farm roadside zoo

USDA inspectors noted that Cody, another coatimundi, wasn’t bearing weight on his right rear leg.

Please join PETA in urging The Camel Farm to transfer the animals in its custody to reputable facilities.

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