Demand Roadside Zoo Retire All Animals to Sanctuaries

Bear N_Steffens

Target: Bradley Gerwig Jr, Owner of Deer Haven Mini Zoo

Goal: Retire all the animals from Deer Haven Mini Zoo and move them to accredited sanctuaries.

A roadside zoo in Maryland has been holding animals in disgusting conditions for much too long. Deer Haven Mini Zoo holds animals in small, dirty cages and seems to be denying veterinary care to many of the animals. It is time for this zoo to be shut down.

Eyewitness reports claim that a young black bear, Lily, has been seen disoriented and struggling to breath at only 5 years old. She lives in a small concrete cage surrounded by her own feces. In addition, she has a mass on her stomach that is the size of about three footballs.

Lily is not the only one living in these deplorable conditions. A pig was seen struggling to walk because of what seems to be an injured leg.

Sign this petition and demand that Deer Haven Mini Zoo retires all its animals to accredited sanctuaries. This place is no haven for these animals but hell on earth.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Gerwig,

Your zoo has been holding animals in awful conditions for much too long. Many of your animals are apparently living in small cages surrounded by filth, including their own feces. These animals deserve to roam free and truly know what it’s like to be happy.

Eyewitness accounts reported your black bear acting disoriented, having a mass on her stomach the size of three footballs, and struggling to breath. They also reported a pig that was having a difficult time walking because of what seems to be an injured leg. There is no excuse for letting the animals live in this state.

Please consider retiring all of your animals to accredited sanctuaries. The animal rights group, PETA, has offered to move many of your animals at no cost to you. Please consider taking this generous offer and doing what is right for the animals. These animals deserve to spend the rest of their days roaming in fields, playing with friends and truly knowing the meaning of happiness.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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9 Comments

  1. Dr. Tony DeLia says:

    Do you really think this petition should target the owner of the zoo? How realistic do you think that is? You must not have much experience with people who exploit animals for their own personal gain. Hint: they don’t care about the suffering and will only respond to economic or legal pressures (and sometimes not even then).

    • Agreed. And with respect to just where to take petition, dilemma – Animal Welfare Act weak, living conditions for animals set at bare minimum, basically only enough food and water to stay alive and enough space, basically, to turn around, stand up and lay down. APHIS uses a risk-based system to determine minimum inspection requirements, these inspections often fueled by public complaint. Violations noted, owner told to fix, APHIS leaves; if not fixed, they apparently just write it down again the next time, and it starts all over again. Even if a place shut down, doesn’t necessarily translate into a new life for the animals. The USDA doesn’t confiscate animals; instead, the animals may be given away to other roadside zoos, possibly worse. It is dangerous. They may languish as the owner’s private pets, but there are costs. PETA offering to move the animals to sanctuary at no cost provides an effective, amazing solution. Don’t know, thinking further, perhaps signatures to owner demonstrate the world is watching with respect to the best solution, the welfare of the animals, and a win/win for all.

  2. Send petition to USDA and USDA APHIS ANIMAL CRUELTY, they need criminal charges filed! The zoo needs to be shut down,call the police!

  3. Best Wishes to you my friends and Great Protection 💖
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    Nature treats back now 💪
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now 💪
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  4. free the animals to a great sanctuary today deer haven.

  5. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    You have your answer to veterinary costs…Mr Gerwig, PETA has offered to shift these animals at no (cost you nothing) to a safe sanctuary where they will be treated by a veterinarian.
    Let them go!
    I cannot understand the departments that are supposedly ‘Policing’ these mostly illegal ‘zoos’? They are either blind, deaf and dumb, or take bribes… This should never ever get to this state for these innocent animals.

  6. AST INFANTILE AND GREED SCUM – INHUMANE MONSTERS LIKE YOU DO NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE WITHIN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES IN OUR ALL WORLD – ALL OF THESE CRIMINAL RABBLE IS BETTER DEATH and NOT DISTURB THE REST OF THE WORLD POPULATION AND FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH THEIR USELESS EXISTENCE, BASTARDBIRTH´!
    Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!
    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives! Or not?

  7. I’m all for these animals living their lives in peace, not on display, but I would not trust PETA to let that happen. They steal healthy pets from homeowners and murder them for no reason.

  8. Shelli Schmidt says:

    What a great zoo with great staff, said no one ever.

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