The Deer Haven Mini Zoo in Maryland is under fire yet again for violations of the Endangered Species Act and state cruelty laws, but thankfully, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has rescued several exotic and endangered animals from the zoo and transferred them to sanctuaries including Endangered Primate Foundation, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, and Foster Parrots in Rhode Island.
Stephen Wells, Executive Director of ALDF, said, “the animals from Deer Haven Mini Zoo suffered in cruel conditions for years. Thanks to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, these animals will now live out their lives at sanctuaries prepared to meet their unique physical and psychological needs.”
Deer Haven Mini Zoo has been caught leaving its animals to suffer on numerous occasions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture documented a number of illegal conditions at Deer Haven Mini Zoo including very ill animals, poor sanitation, and safety hazards. Their inspection reports also reveal that several people have been bitten and injured by animals kept in the zoo.
Deer Haven Mini Zoo voluntarily gave up these fourteen animals to the Animal Legal Defense Fund after their announcement that they were intending to sue the zoo for their neglect back in April. The Animal Legal Defense Fund continues to work with the zoo owners in an effort to rescue additional animals and get them into sanctuaries where they can recover from these cruel conditions.
It is a known fact that wild animals held in captivity purely for our entertainment suffer from being stuck in cramped conditions, both emaciation and dehydration, and numerous mental health conditions because of being cooped up. We must turn the tide on using live animals for these zoos, theme parks, and circuses that have no interest in animal care.
To do your part, firstly educate yourself. Let those around you know that there are vastly better sources of entertainment that don’t involve the detrimental impact captivity has on these animals who should be free in the wild. Join peaceful protests and sign petitions demanding an end to animals being used for entertainment. Be the voice for these animals when they can’t speak for themselves.
Image Source: Animal Legal Defense Fund