PETA to Appeal Rubber-Stamping Ruling for The Mobile Zoo
For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2016
David Perle 202-483-7382
Wilmer, Ala. – PETA is asking the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to review a lower court ruling that found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has the discretion automatically to renew (or “rubber stamp”) licenses issued to exhibitors, such as The Mobile Zoo, that are in chronic violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). PETA notes that the AWA allows an animal exhibitor or dealer to be issued a license only if the applicant operates in accordance with AWA regulations. PETA’s lawsuit argues that exhibitors cannot simultaneously violate the AWA and be in compliance with it—so the USDA’s rubber-stamping policy is illegal. The Mobile Zoo was implicated in PETA’s lawsuit because the facility was cited 26 times before its license renewal in June 2015.
“The court’s decision allowing the USDA to continue rubber-stamping licenses for hell-hole exhibitors like The Mobile Zoo has condemned animals to suffer for years on end in filthy cages, without wholesome food, clean water, or proper veterinary care,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA won’t give up until the USDA holds these serial violators accountable and roadside zoos that imprison and exploit animals are relegated to history.”
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.”
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