Target: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Goal: Commend Florida’s Wildlife Conservation Commission for arresting a notorious chimpanzee abuser
Authorities in Florida recently arrested James “Mike” Casey after catching him trying to get rid of three chimpanzees at a roadside zoo. According to eyewitness testimony and USDA records, the chimpanzees had been punched, kicked, beaten, and scalded with boiling water. With a long history of animal abuse, Casey’s arrest by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission is deserving of commendation.
One needn’t look far in order to discover some of Casey’s past cruelties. For some time, Casey illegally held several chimpanzees and a capuchin monkey in Nevada – that is, when he wasn’t renting them out for use in TV, films, ads, and events. He is responsible for breeding the primate Travis, who as an adult escaped and mauled a Connecticut woman in 2009. One of Casey’s primates has also bitten off his nose, which had to be surgically rebuilt. Another was used in the movie Speed Race, and reportedly bit a child actor. Casey’s chimpanzees were kept in cages inside a darkened, brutally hot recreational vehicle and were rarely allowed out. Inspectors for both the federal Agriculture Department and Clark County Animal Control have found numerous repeated violations in how Casey cares for his chimpanzees. He has also been accused of splashing a chimpanzee in the face with boiling water.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrested Casey on charges of possessing chimpanzees without a permit, not carrying the required insurance, and unlawful and improper transport of wildlife. PETA is also asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate his intended sale of the animals. His selling of primates appears to be unlawful since he did not possess the requisite Animal Welfare Act license.
Florida authorities have transferred the animals to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida. Commend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for arresting this animal abuser.
Dear Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
Thank you for arresting James “Mike” Casey. This man is an incredible animal abuser with no regard for life. Your arrest of Casey sends a message not only to him that what he is doing is wrong, but also to others who might follow in his footsteps.
The chimpanzees Casey tried to sell to a roadside zoo deserve a better life. Thank you for taking them away from them and sending them to an animal sanctuary. I urge you to also investigate his intended sale of the primates, since he does not have the license to do so. Please throw the book at this horrible animal abuser, and thank you for saving the lives of these few chimpanzees and protecting chimpanzees everywhere from Casey.
[Your Name Here]
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