Shut Down Roadside Zoo Suspected of Mistreating Animals

Target: Carl Stoltz, Town Marshal, Topeka, Indiana

Goal: Protect innocent animals by shutting down Maple Lane Wildlife Park, a roadside zoo flagged by PETA for multiple violations of animal welfare.

After documenting the worrisome conditions and animal behavior at roadside zoo Maple Lane Wildlife Park, PETA filed a complaint with the USDA urging the launch of an investigation. Video footage was taken that appears to show many animals with little to no protection from the high summer temperatures, inadequate shelters ill-suited for the animals they house, a bear hardly able to walk, and a tiger who had an ulcerated lesion. Additionally, a PETA veterinarian reported documenting animal behavior that clearly exhibits emotional and psychological distress, such as a macaque biting himself, a leopard obsessively pacing, and a monkey biting and hitting himself inside the birdcage where he was confined for photo ops.

Maple Lane Wildlife Park has received more than one official warning from the USDA for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act in the past. PETA hopes to work with the owners of Maple Lane to help transfer some of the larger animals to a sanctuary.

The vice president of PETA, Delcianna Winders, stated, “There is clear evidence of chronic, long-standing suffering and neglect at Maple Lane Wildlife Farm roadside zoo. PETA is calling on both local and federal authorities to ensure that these animals receive the care that they need and are entitled to by law.” Sign below to demand the protection of these innocent animals by shutting down Maple Lane Wildlife Park.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Town Marshal Stoltz,

Maple Lane Wildlife Park has been receiving official warnings from the USDA since 2011 over concerns about how the roadside zoo’s animals are treated, and still nothing has been done about it. Video footage and documentation by PETA veterinarians appears to show further concerns, including inadequate shelter, injured animals, and animals showing clear signs of psychological and emotional distress. PETA has contacted the USDA about the matter and is calling on law enforcement to give these animals the protection they are entitled to.

The alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act at Maple Lane Wildlife Park must be taken seriously. Innocent animals should not be forced to continue to suffer, waiting for the roadside zoo to comply with the warnings they have received. I urge you to protect these animals and to ensure they are moved somewhere with adequate living conditions, and to shut down Maple Lane Wildlife Park.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jake William Heckey

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6 Comments

  1. Manel Dias says:

    This modern era, you really don’t need any Road side zoos. Please CLOSE this hell hole where the poor animals are being imprisoned and have no life at all..

  2. Manel Dias says:

    This modern era, you really don’t need any Road side zoos. Please CLOSE this hell hole where the poor animals are being imprisoned and have no life at all..

  3. NO MORE ANIMAL ROADSHOWS! CLOSE ALL OF THEM DOWN NOW! STOP TORTURE, CRUELTY AND ABUSE! THESE ANIMALS ALL DESREVE A LIFE TOO!

  4. GET THESE ANIMALS BETTER CARE NOW.

  5. 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

  6. susan biggs says:

    Black Pines SANCTUARY is very close to Topeka. SO, get those animals there NOW

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