Stop Exploiting Baby Wild Animals in Storefront Petting Zoo

Target: Jeff Lowe, Owner of Neon Jungle OKC

Goal: Do not reopen cruel storefront petting zoo in Las Vegas after the closing of the Oklahoma City location.

In what he referred to as “entirely a business decision,” Jeff Lowe, the owner of the now-closed storefront petting zoo Neon Jungle OKC plans to reopen in a new location in Las Vegas, where he foresees making over $10,000 a day. The original location in Oklahoma City received daily transfers of vulnerable baby animals, including tiger, lemur, and bear cubs, and exploited them for $25 photographs and play sessions.

The organization that transfers these animals is the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (G. W. Zoo), also owned by Mr. Lowe. It is known for breeding and separating big-cat cubs from their mothers at an extremely young age, sometimes less than four weeks. PETA requested USDA investigations of zoos that receive these cubs. Inspections of one such zoo — Special Memories Zoo in Wisconsin — showed a number of offenses such as empty water bowls, rodent droppings around animals’ food, and huge piles of feces inside animals’ shelters. If a new storefront petting zoo location is opened in Las Vegas, it will also continue giving business to G. W. Zoo, enabling more transfers of these helpless cubs. These wild animals should not be exploited for entertainment and profit. Sign below to demand that this storefront petting zoo remain closed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Lowe,

It is irresponsible and inhumane to exploit baby wild animals by separating them from their parents and using them for photo ops and play sessions inside a store. In addition, the company used by your former storefront petting zoo location to obtain and transfer these helpless animals has developed a reputation for the questionable way it treats its animals.

After choosing to close the doors of the Oklahoma City location of Neon Jungle OKC, I hope you will consider stopping the exploitation of these innocent animals. Please consider their safety and well-being before using them for entertainment and profit. I urge you not to reopen another storefront petting zoo in Las Vegas.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chris Watson

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3 Comments

  1. no more peting zoo’s that exploit baby animals that have been taken away from their families! this must stop now! enough is enough!

  2. Making money off the exploitation and cruelty of animals is barbaric, horrifying and unconscionable.

  3. The cycle of abuse needs to stop now.

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