For immediate release:
June 16, 2021
David Pearl 202-483-7382
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – A USDA inspection report just received by PETA reveals that the infamous Waccatee Zoo was cited several times in May from the Federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) after it left two limping sheep without veterinary care and was unable to provide the animals clean. water and disregard for safety protocols that led to the escape of the Capuchin monkey during inspection…
The report indicates that the roadside zoo staff did not notice that one of the Audada sheep was limping and that it took a federal inspector to point this out, and that the water left for the Audad and fallow deer contained large amounts of brown silt in the bottom of the container. The USDA also notes that the escape of the Capuchin monkey could harm the animal and members of the public.
“The long-suffering animals in this dilapidated roadside zoo now need help,” says Michelle Sinnott, PETA’s deputy director of animal law enforcement. “PETA is ready to help place them in respected institutions and asks that people take their time if they ever drive past this hellish hole.”
PETA notes that Waccatee has a history of citing AWA for at least two decades, for example, for failing to provide animals, including a lion with difficulty walking, proper veterinary care and for keeping bears and cougars in enclosures that lack space. It wasn’t until March of this year that a sick tiger named Leela was pronounced dead after months of exhaustion, hair loss and endless cycles in its gloomy cage. After her death, PETA petitioned South Carolina law enforcement to prosecute the roadside zoo.
PETA, whose motto is in part that “the animals are not ours to be used for entertainment” – opposes arrogance, a worldview focused on human superiority. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…