Target: David W. Cook, President of Lagoon Corporation
Goal: Close amusement park’s live animal exhibit that provides poor care and exposes animals to inhumane conditions.
The Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah, has kept 65 – 80 animals as part of their Wild Kingdom Train. Many guests of the amusement park have stated that they didn’t know the zoo existed, as it is only accessible by the train, and the park has been cited numerous times for failing to provide veterinary care to sick and dying animals, filthy enclosures, inadequately trained employees, and inadequate space for the animals.
According to the Animal Welfare Act and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Lagoon Corporation, which runs the Lagoon Amusement Park, has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibitions. The animals at the park are often exposed to children throwing rocks and trash from the train, and are frequently disturbed by the screams and ride noises from the rest of the park’s attractions.
Most of the park patrons will not miss the animal attraction, and to keep them in such an inadequate facility when they are not needed is cruel and inhumane. The animals have a high death rate, as well as several unexplained deaths. There is no need to continue to keep these animals in captivity when they are sickly and unhealthy, and serve no purpose to the park.
By signing the petition below, you are asking the Lagoon Amusement Park to remove the wild animal attraction, release the animals to sanctuaries and facilities that can adequately care for the animals, and replace the exhibit with an animal-free attraction.
Dear Mr. David W. Freed,
The animals in the Wild Kingdom Train are poorly cared for and have inadequate space. You have been cited multiple times by the USDA for your failure to care for the animals, and many have died unexplained deaths or been forced to die without veterinary care.
Most of your patrons have stated that they were either not aware of the Wild Animal attraction, or did not ride the Wild Animal Train to view the animals. The animals have also been subjected to abuse from children, who have been observed throwing rocks and trash at the animals, as well as noise from your other attractions.
It is time to to close the live animal exhibit for the Wild Animal Train, release the animals to sanctuaries and facilities that have the resources to care for them, and replace the exhibit with an animal-free attraction. Please do what is best for these under-cared for animals, and end their suffering by giving them the chance to live out the rest of their lives in health and peace.
[Your Name Here]