Stop Illegal Sale of Animals at Swap Meet

Target: Neil and Mitch Burson, Owners of Cherry Auction, Fresno CA

Goal: Do not continue to allow the sale of animals at swap meet, which is forbidden by state law.

An animal vendor who recently had almost 1,000 animals taken from him because of the alleged inhumane conditions in which they were kept is selling again, at a swap meet that reportedly allows animal sales despite the fact that it is illegal. Cherry Auction is a swap meet in Fresno, CA, where state law forbids the sale of live animals in a swap meet setting. However, management allows animal sales to continue and even advertises them, despite the fact that they cannot ensure these animals are well taken-care of.

Juan Mendoza was one of the vendors at the auction, selling birds, ducks, and pigs even after an Animal Control officer seized nearly 1,000 animals from his home. The animals had been inside a box truck, without air conditioning and some without water, while temperatures inside the truck reached 107 degrees. Almost a quarter of the animals died not long after they were taken from Mendoza.

He was still able to sell at the large-scale Cherry Auction swap meet, however. Cherry Auction began in 1920 with the sale of livestock and farm animals, but presently does not comply with the state law that forbids the sale of animals at swap meets in California. This enables mistreatment of animals, and must be stopped. Sign below to demand that Cherry Auction obey the law, protect innocent animals, and stop allowing them to be sold at their swap meet.


Dear Mr. Burson,

The sale of animals at a swap meet is illegal in the state of California, and should not be condoned or allowed at Cherry Auction. At least one animal vendor who has been a part of the swap meet had animals taken from his home by Animal Control officers because of the alleged inhumane conditions they were living in.

Almost 1,000 animals were taken from Juan Mendoza’s home, and a quarter of them died shortly afterwards because they had been put inside a box truck that reached 107 degrees, without air conditioning or sufficient water. Cherry Auction is not only breaking the law by allowing vendors like this to sell animals at the swap meet, but is also encouraging this sort of inhumane treatment of innocent animals that vendors see as nothing but business or profit. I urge you to follow the law of the state and disallow the sale of animals at Cherry Auction swap meet.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    this is animal cruelity and sellers shall be punished for it

  2. This is an easy one for law enforcement. Jail, fine and prosecute this disgusting caloused man. Do it now, please.

  3. Sugandha N. says:

    Animals are not ours to be sold, how would you feel like to sell human beings? People are just stupid.

  4. Put Juan Gonzalez in the back of a box truck without food, water or air conditioning for a few days and see how he likes it! Bastard!!!!!

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