65 Animals Eliminated From Tri-State Zoological Park Due to PETA Lawsuit

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October 14, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Cumberland, Md. – At present, PETA concluded a five-day rescue operation involving 65 animals of 30 species—the group’s largest-ever rescue of animals from a roadside zoo—following a authorized settlement with Tri-State Zoological Park that pressured the infamous outfit to shut after years of violations and allowed PETA to rescue survivors of continual neglect. Rescued animals embrace a squirrel monkey who was known as Spazz, in a merciless reference to his frantic, stress-induced habits, seemingly attributable to the 20 years he spent in solitary confinement surrounded by pure predators in a reptile home. PETA had beforehand rescued three huge cats and three different animals who had been housed on the roadside zoo, bringing the full variety of animals PETA rescued from Tri-State to 71. Images of among the animals rescued from Tri-State this week are right here.

PETA enlisted the assistance of 14 respected sanctuaries and accredited zoos from Maryland to California, which agreed to take care of the animals, together with bears, unique birds, a Bengal cat, alligators, coatimundis, and others. A full checklist of those amenities is on the market right here.

“Tri-State spent years exploiting susceptible animals and permitting struggling ones to rot of their cages, however now the survivors will be capable of dwell in consolation and security, with the care they’ve lengthy been missing,” says PETA Basis Normal Counsel for Captive Animal Legislation Enforcement Brittany Peet. “Because of PETA’s hard-fought lawsuit and over a dozen amenities that supply topnotch care, another shoddy roadside zoo has been eliminated and the animals saved.”

Spazz, who PETA has been calling Stardust, might be renamed at his new residence and have the chance to dwell with one other squirrel monkey, named Ziggy. Three iguanas will dwell outside in a naturalistic habitat with different iguanas, reasonably than crammed inside a small, stuffy enclosure. Asiatic black bears Sallie and Suzie—the 78th and 79th bears PETA has rescued—will dwell in a lush, expansive habitat as a substitute of in a cage. And a pot-bellied pig named Snorkel will lastly obtain knowledgeable veterinary care after languishing for years with a large tumor and morbid weight problems.

PETA and its fellow plaintiff, Constance Collins, alleged that Tri-State’s mistreatment of animals constituted a public nuisance, noting that Tri-State confined animals to often-filthy, decrepit enclosures and chronically disadvantaged them of applicable therapy, together with veterinary care. PETA’s earlier victory towards Tri-State—a profitable Endangered Species Act lawsuit—adopted an eyewitness investigation by the group. The courtroom had described Tri-State as “fetid” and “dystopic.”

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals are usually not ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

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