Yep, another crummy roadside zoo. This one’s in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Ready to take action?
Jambbas Ranch Tours exhibits exotic animals in cramped, barren enclosures and has been cited numerous times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has also denied Jambbas owner James Bass state wildlife permits because of his failure to provide animals with enclosures that meet even minimum standards. Ben, a bear kept at Jambbas, has been confined for years to a tiny cell made of concrete and chain link. He has no enrichment and paces constantly, a sign of stress and frustration. Video footage of Ben can be seen here:
Since August 2010, PETA has been in communication with several Cumberland County representatives requesting the enforcement of a county law that prohibits holding bears and other exotic animals captive, but no steps have been taken to help these animals. Animals, including Ben the bear, a fox, a raccoon, and an alligator have been deprived of everything that is natural and important to them and are on display in substandard, miserable conditions. To see photos of Ben and other animals illegally held at Jambbas, click here.
PETA has secured placement for Ben and some of the other animals at wonderful sanctuaries, but the county has repeatedly expressed an unwillingness to move forward with this case. In fact, PETA learned that rather than enforcing the law, county officials recently changed the ordinance which could result in charges against Bass being dismissed, leaving Ben and the other animals to continue to suffer terribly and ultimately die alone in their small, barren pens.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW! Politely urge District Attorney William West to prosecute this case and request that Ben and the other exotic animals illegally held captive at Jambbas Ranch Tours be transferred to sanctuaries that are equipped to provide them with the suitable care and environment that they need and deserve.
Please send polite letters to:
William West, Cumberland County District Attorney
District Attorney’s Office
117 Dick St., Ste. 427
Fayetteville, NC 28301