Written by Jeff Mackey
After inspectors found animals kept in appalling conditions
without proper care, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cited two
disreputable roadside zoos in North Carolina for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
PETA keeps these two hellholes constantly in our sights and had just filed a
complaint about Jambbas Ranch Tours before the inspection.
USDA visit to Jambbas
last month following a PETA complaint led to a citation for AWA violations
after inspectors discovered a thin elderly llama who had a "thick creamy
discharge" oozing from an eye socket (the eye "has been gone for some
years"). As PETA had told the USDA, the llama also
appeared to be suffering from diarrhea—the
animal had a large area of what appeared to be dried feces on the back legs but
was given no medical treatment for these conditions.
The inspector also observed
a raccoon whose tail and part of whose hindquarters showed complete hair loss,
The animal was being given an ineffective flea- and tick-control medication,
which wasn't prescribed by a vet as required by law. Immediate veterinary care was ordered to treat the raccoon's condition.
inspection of the Cherokee
last month resulted in a repeat citation for failure to feed a young tiger cub
a healthy, edible, and contaminant-free diet. The cub is described as "small
and underweight for its age. The coat looks dull, dry, and brittle."
The shabby animal
prison (one of three
around Cherokee, North Carolina)
also received a citation for failure to vaccinate the same tiger cub. The
operators were warned of the need to correct this failure "from this day
Roadside zoos range from small menageries to large compounds—but
they are all unhealthy environments for animals. The owners' focus is on their
not the animals' needs, so neglect
and abuse are common.
These cruel operations stay in business only because people
patronize them, so please never visit a roadside zoo, and encourage your family
and friends to stay away too.
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