Shut Down Roadside Zoo Accused of Animal Abuse

Target: Marie-France Lalonde Minister of Community Safety, Ontario, Canada

Goal: Close zoo where owners were reportedly caught on camera admitting to animal abuse.

A video recently released by animal welfare activists appears to show animal abuse by the owners and staff of a roadside zoo in Ontario, Canada. The video, taken by a former employee of the zoo, shows animals having their mouths pried open in an attempt to force them to bare their teeth. It also seems to show the owner of the zoo and his son admitting to beating a lion cub for training purposes.

According to Camille Labchuk, executive director of  rights group Animal Justice, the zoo also tears animals away from their mothers at a young age to be used as selfie props. A zoo owner was reportedly caught on camera admitting that he lied to the public about the circumstances under which a baby cougar came into the zoo’s custody. He said that generally, cubs are only taken in extreme circumstances such as when their mothers are unable to care for them, but this cub was taken from a healthy mother for no reason other than profit.

This type of for-profit exploitation of animals is unacceptable. Animals should not be forced into captivity for the entertainment of humans. Sign the petition below to demand that this cruel roadside zoo is closed, and that its animals are retired to accredited sanctuaries where they may live out their lives free from abuse.


Dear Ms. Lalonde,

Video recently taken at a roadside zoo appears to show extensive animal cruelty. The video, allegedly taken at Papanack Zoo by a former employee, shows raccoons and skunks being manhandled for photos. Their mouths are pried open and they are forced into unnatural poses. The video also seems to show zoo owners admitting to beating a lion cub in order to train it. Zoo owners were also reportedly caught admitting to lying to the general public about the circumstances under which a baby cougar came into their care.

If these allegations are true, it would mean that the zoo is exploiting and enslaving animals for the sake of human entertainment and profit. In today’s world, this is unacceptable. We, the undersigned, urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that this cruel zoo is closed and that the animals it houses are surrendered to accredited sanctuaries.


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Photo credit: Animal Justice

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  1. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

  2. they do not deserve these great lives now. shut it down .

  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Baha’i Writings ~ “To the blessed animals, however, the utmost kindness should be exercised: the more the better it will be. The physical sensibilities and instincts are common to animal and man.
    Man is, however, negligent of this reality and imagines that sensibility is peculiar to mankind, therefore he practices cruelty to the animal….. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent. Educate the children in their infancy in such a way that they may become exceedingly kind and merciful to the animals… The universe of God is a wonderful theatre upon the stage of which every created thing plays its part.”
    Hadith No. 557 ~ ”O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals? He replied: Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.”
    Proverbs 12.10 ~ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals.
    Psalm 34:16 ~ The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. God created all the animals
    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.
    Psalm 104 ~ All animals belong to God.
    The Bible repeatedly affirms that all creation participates in the praise of God, and each living thing has a part in God’s great purposes.
    Mahatma Gandhi ~ “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Buddha ~ “It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”
    Pythagoras ~ “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

    • Barton Dixon says:

      Thank you so much for the beautiful sayings.

      I wish less for revenge than I do to expose cruel and thoughtless people to new perspectives and to enlighten them.

      Your beautiful sayings helped do that.

  4. Shut this disgusting place down and imprison the low-life scumbags but be sure to fine them an exorbitant amount first!!! Send the precious animals to a reputable sanctuary.

  5. What is it with Canada? Abusing animals, killing seals! Ruthless, heartless people!

  6. rose brooks says:

    Please, ban these awful roadside shows.Every thing about them is wrong. Everything is against humanity and love. There is no pity, gentleness, consideration, everything is greed, irresponsibility, selfishness and cruelty. How can mankind progress where this evil reigns unchecked. It is easy to become despondent but that is not a choice. We must fight, again and again against wrongdoing and rejoice in every little success.

  7. this is disgusting what’s the matter with these creeps that do such a thing shut this torture chamber down and get those animals out of there charge them with cruelty to animals and make sure they never go near another animal


  9. shut this hell hole down now get these poor animals out of there and charge these bastards with cruelty and make sure they never have any more animals ever

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