Target: Owner of GuZoo Animal Farm, Lynn Gustafson
Goal: Immediately cease cruel abuses toward animals at the zoo, and meet all safety and animal welfare standards
Recently, an anonymous whistleblower released numerous photos and video depicting horrific living conditions for animals at the GuZoo Animal Farm in Alberta, Canada. The images reveal disturbing abuses such as severely neglected cages covered with animal waste, unsanitary food preparation areas, food contaminated with maggots and “a huge pile of garbage complete with the dead bodies of zoo animals and dogs.” The footage has provoked public outrage and brought the already controversial zoo back into the spotlight.
The GuZoo Animal Farm has been a source of concern regarding animal welfare ever since it opened in 1990. The facility has consistently fallen short of safety and welfare standards and has been accused of “illegal possession and trafficking of exotic animals,” according to reports by the Concerned Albertans for Animal Welfare and Public Safety. In addition to these violations, the GuZoo Animal Farm has allegedly allowed unsafe interaction between animals and zoo patrons, as well as injuries to animals, and has faced criticisms concerning mysterious animal deaths, bodies left to rot in cages, escaped animals and insufficient shelters and cages.
After repeatedly failing to comply with safety standards, the GuZoo Animal Farm was officially decommissioned in 2011, but the ruling was overturned and the zoo was allowed to remain open to the public. The zoo’s owner, Lynn Gustafson, has not attempted to justify the horrific findings of the recent footage, but has expressed anger toward activists who have been attempting to close the zoo. Furthermore, Gustafson commented that some disturbing images from the video, such as the pile of dead animal carcasses, could also be found at other zoos in the area, naming the Calgary Zoo as one example. He also admitted that the zoo kills dogs when homes for them cannot be found. These attempts to reconcile the horrific conditions at GuZoo Animal Farm do not hold up, however, as they do not excuse the numerous abuses that apparently take place there.
Demand that the abuses and cruel animal suffering at the GuZoo Animal Farm be stopped immediately. Urge the owner, Lynn Gustafson, to either meet all safety and animal welfare standards, or else call for the immediate closure of this horrific zoo.
Dear Lynn Gustafson,
The repeated abuses that have been discovered at the GuZoo Animal Farm are both horrifying and contemptible. The recent footage showing poor living conditions, unsafe food practices and numerous dead animals is, sadly, only another instance of similar abuse that has been prevalent at this zoo since its opening. In the past two decades, GuZoo Animal Farm has faced continual complaints regarding the safety and welfare of its animals, including unexplained injuries and deaths, illness, illegal animal possession and exotic animal trafficking, among other violations.
The repeated abuse of animals at the GuZoo Animal Farm must stop. These animals are helpless to defend themselves, and are at the mercy of the owner and employees. Animal cruelty is never excusable, and the GuZoo Animal Farm is no exception.
I strongly urge you to immediately cease all animal abuse at the zoo. If permit standards cannot be met, the facility must be shut down.
[Your Name Here]
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