Larry Wallach surely didn’t intend to help PETA sound the alarm on him, but that’s exactly what the backyard animal exploiter did when he went live on Facebook electroshocking a juvenile tiger named Sheba, keeping her in a rundown enclosure, and handling her in a harmful and inhumane manner. After PETA alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the videos, the agency cited Wallach for numerous violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
The citations included failing to follow veterinary instructions for treatment of Sheba’s broken toe, confining her to an enclosure with broken floorboards, putting her and a wolf at risk of injury by allowing them to interact, and not having adequate fencing to prevent her from escaping. Notice anything missing? Despite a regulation explicitly stating that physical abuse shall not be used when handling animals, the USDA did not cite Wallach for shocking Sheba with the electric prod, sending the message that he can continue to use the torture tool with abandon and without consequences.
The USDA had previously cited Wallach for a litany of AWA violations, including for confining a cub to a kennel in his cluttered New York garage, not feeding cubs an appropriate diet, and allowing the public to interact with juvenile tigers.