PETA Uncovers Repeat Federal Law Violations at Local Roadside Zoo

Feds Find Thin, Malformed Animals Forced to Live in Filth

For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Clarendon, Pa. – Just obtained by PETA, a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report reveals multiple serious violations of the bare-minimum standards of the federal Animal Welfare Act at a local roadside zoo, Wild Woods Animal Park. The report documents a trembling bobcat suffering from a malformed leg, another so thin that the hips and spine were visible, drinking water receptacles soiled with built-up feces and other waste, and bears and an otter forced to swim in pools of opaque black water that hadn’t been cleaned since last fall.

“Unless these long-suffering and underweight animals are transferred to reputable facilities, they’ll only get worse,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA insists that this hellish ramshackle roadside zoo give these animals a second chance before it’s too late.”

Recently, PETA sent a letter to Wild Woods Animal Park offering assistance in finding permanent placement for the animals at reputable facilities, which have the resources and experience to provide superior care.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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