Last week, our partner, The Humane Society of the United States, pulled back the curtain on the inhumane and unsafe conditions inside an Oklahoma tiger petting and traveling zoo.
An undercover investigation at GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla. -- home to approximately 200 tigers and hundreds of other exotic animals -- recorded tiger deaths, unwarranted breeding, and dangerous incidents involving children and adults.
Read about the investigation, watch the footage and take action: tell Congress to stop the reckless big cat trade»
For more than 40 years, we at The Fund for Animals have fought the exotic pet trade and provided sanctuary for its wildlife victims. Just a few short months ago, you helped us provide a temporary sanctuary for three tigers rescued from a Mississippi roadside zoo. At our Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, the rescued tigers show improvement every day.
Now, you can help their fellow big cats by spreading the word about the investigation»
At least five tigers died at the GW facility during the investigation. A 6-year-old tiger named Hobbes died without receiving veterinary care, and a 6-week-old cub being raised inside the GW owner’s house somehow sustained head injuries and had to be euthanized. The death of 23 infant tigers at the facility over 13 months between 2009 and 2010 prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to open an investigation into GW Exotics.
Watch the video footage, and you'll see the danger for both tigers and people, a hazard highlighted by the mass exotic animal tragedy the nation witnessed last year in Zanesville, Ohio. Tigers and other big cats should be at accredited zoos and sanctuaries -- not roadside menageries where they are made to suffer and allowed to play with children.
Thank you for helping us both fight the exotic pet trade and provide sanctuary to its animals victims. We couldn't do it without you.
The Fund for Animals
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