Visitor’s Report and Photographs Shot on the Scene Prompt PETA and ALDF to File Federal Complaint
For Immediate Release:October 24, 2013
Contact: Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Fayetteville, N.C. — PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) have filed an urgent, formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that includes photographs taken by a visitor to Fayetteville-based Jambbas Ranch Tours on October 20. The photographs (available here) reveal several apparent violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including a dead rabbit locked in a cage, mounds of animal waste underneath the roadside zoo’s notorious hanging wire rabbit cages, filth-polluted water in the goats’ enclosure, and raw, open wounds on a bison.
Jambbas’ previous violations of the AWA include repeatedly failing to provide numerous animals with veterinary care, allowing bison to be swarmed by flies until their skin was so irritated that they licked it raw, and forcing potbellied pigs and goats to live in enclosures covered with waste.
“Jambbas Ranch has a history of problems, and now PETA has received reports from recent visitors who are deeply disturbed over the egregious cruelty and neglect that they saw there,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. “The USDA has a duty to penalize facilities that neglect animals to the point of death—and families have a duty to keep their kids away from businesses that profit from animals’ misery.”
Executive Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund Stephen Wells adds, “This latest report shows that nothing has changed at Jambbas Ranch and animal suffering is still pervasive. The USDA must hold this miserable place accountable for its repeated and flagrant violations of law.”
PETA, ALDF, and local citizens have a pending lawsuit challenging the USDA’s repeated renewal of Jambbas’ license, which the agency has done despite the requirement that renewal applicants demonstrate compliance with the AWA.
For more information, please visit PETA.org and ALDF.org.
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