PETA: Exotic Animals in Missouri Need Your Help!

August 7th, 2008 9:48 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: PETA – newsmanager [at] peta.org
Date: Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 11:07 AM
Subject: Exotic Animals in Missouri Need Your Help!

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Two tiger attacks in Missouri this week graphically illustrate the need for new laws. On August 4, a 16-year-old worker at Predator World—an unaccredited zoo in Branson, Mo.—was attacked by three tigers, and the victim is currently in the hospital in critical condition. On August 3, a tiger was shot and killed after the animal attacked a worker at Wesa-A-Geh-Ya, a private menagerie in Warren County, Mo. The victim’s leg had to be amputated.

These are not Missouri’s first tragic incidents involving exotic animals. Previously, a volunteer at Predator World was bitten by a leopard, and three wolves, a grizzly bear, and a fox have escaped from the facility. In 2001, an African lion at Ozark Nature Center in Morgan County escaped and was on the loose for four days. In 1999, a 5-year-old boy in Williamsville was mauled by a neighbor’s “pet” lion.

Potentially dangerous wild animals—such as big cats, bears, wolves, and primates—should not be kept in captivity. These animals pose public health and safety risks, and they suffer immensely when they are kept as “pets” or in poor conditions at unqualified and inexperienced roadside zoos or pseudo-sanctuaries.

What You Can Do

Please contact Governor Blunt and your state legislators [if you live in Missouri], and let them know that it is time for Missouri to enact a statewide ban on the private possession of wild and dangerous animals. Politely insist that accredited zoos and sanctuaries should be the only exceptions.

Please send polite comments to:

The Honorable Matt Blunt
Governor of Missouri
Office of the Governor
State Capitol Bldg., Rm. 216
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-751-3222
573-751-1495 (fax)
E-Mail Form

You can find out who your state legislators are and their contact information here.

Thank you for taking action for animals. Please send us copies of any responses that you receive. Please forward this important information to you your friends and family.

Sincerely,

Lisa Wathne
Captive Exotic Animal Specialist
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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