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Update: February 5, 2020
Following PETA's successful Endangered Species Act lawsuit against Tri-State Zoological Park in Cumberland, Maryland, tigers Cheyenne and Mowgli and a lion named Peka are currently on their way to The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) in Colorado! While Tri-State has appealed this decision, the appellate court recently rejected its request to prevent the big cats' transfer to TWAS pending conclusion of the appeal.
Since PETA notified Tri-State of our intent to file suit in December 2016, five of the nine animals originally at issue have died, including a tiger who was so ravaged by sepsis that pus-filled pockets had formed in her heart, tongue, and diaphragm. But now, Cheyenne, Mowgli, and Peka will live out their lives in a more natural habitat and Tri-State is prohibited from owning or possessing endangered or threatened species ever again.
Cheyenne, Mowgli, and Peka will finally get the care they desperately need. But bears, a bobcat, a capuchin monkey, and other animals are still suffering at Tri-State, so we need your help to rescue them, too.
Update: After PETA alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to footage showing a lion who appeared emaciated and a pig who had red, flaky skin and irritated eyes, the agency cited Tri-State Zoological Park—a roadside zoo in Cumberland, Maryland—for denying adequate veterinary care to the thin, ailing lion. The roadside zoo announced in February 2017 that the lion had died. The animals who remain at the facility are being kept in appalling conditions and need your help today.
Originally posted on July 5, 2016:
At Tri-State Zoo, deplorable conditions make life miserable for the animals confined there—including a solitary capuchin monkey who has pulled his own hair out, apparently in sheer frustration.
According to years of inspection reports from the USDA, Tri-State has repeatedly failed to provide animals with adequate veterinary care, maintain clean and safe enclosures, provide primates who are held alone with sufficient environmental enrichment, and provide animals with adequate shelter. The USDA even suspended Tri-State's license for 45 days and ordered it to cease and desist from violating the federal Animal Welfare Act. Yet the suffering continues.
Please urge Tri-State to close its doors and surrender the animals to reputable facilities, where they can get the care that they desperately need and live out their days in sanitary spaces with plenty of room to roam.
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