PETA Statement on Closure of McClelland’s Critters

For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Please see the following statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet in response to the closure of McClelland’s Critters, a roadside zoo in Banks, Alabama:

Federal authorities slapped McClelland’s Critters with an official warning this summer after it was caught denying animals adequate veterinary care, failing to provide them with clean drinking water, and allowing cages to fall into filthy and dangerous disrepair. Now that this facility has joined The Mobile Zoo in the ranks of shoddy Alabama roadside zoos to shut down in recent months, PETA hopes these long-suffering animals will be moved to reputable sanctuaries, where they’ll finally receive the care that they need.

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