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This Roadside Zoo Was So Bad That the Government Shut it Down

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Posted November 22, 2016 by Kim Johnson

Like most roadside zoos, The Mobile Zoo in Wilmer, Alabama, failed to provide the animals trapped there with even the most basic things that they need to be happy. Earlier this year, PETA sued the facility over its abuse of a chimpanzee named Joe, who was kept in solitary confinement for nearly 20 years. We dropped the lawsuit after it agreed to retire him to a spacious tropical sanctuary in Florida. Joe was saved, but dozens of other animals remained trapped at this hellhole. </3

Joe The Chimpanzee In Cage

PETA never stopped working to help the other animals trapped at The Mobile Zoo. We filed multiple complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) against the roadside zoo over the years. Finally, the USDA has revoked its license! The agency cited dozens of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act over the past decade, including “repeated failures to handle animals carefully and to provide them with veterinary care” as well as the following:

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  • Housing animals in filthy cages littered with feces, urine, cobwebs, debris, and rotting food
  • Endangering animals and the public through the use of dilapidated, unsecured cages with deteriorating (or nonexistent) perimeter fencing, rotten wood, rusted metal bars and wires, exposed nails, and broken doors with jagged edges
  • Withholding veterinary care from sick and injured animals, including bears who were vomiting and suffering from diarrhea, a deer with a puncture wound, and a tiger with a bloody gash on her face
  • Failing to provide animals with proper shelter and enrichment, including several bears who had inadequate shelter from the sun and no access to water for swimming and cooling themselves in hot weather
  • Allowing cages and storage areas to become infested with roaches and flies as a result of trash and rotten food left lying around
  • Housing tigers, bears, and other animals in cages prone to flooding
  • Failing to provide big cats with a proper, nutritionally balanced diet and fresh, clean water

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What This Means for the Animals

Since the zoo’s license has been revoked, this means that it can no longer exhibit any warm-blooded animals—and it has announced that it’s closing its doors! PETA is urging the facility to retire the remaining animals to reputable sanctuaries so that they can finally receive proper care. 

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What You Can Do

Together, we can help animals like the ones suffering at The Mobile Zoo. Never go to aplace that profits from holding animals captive, and urge your friends to stay away, too. Every dollar spent at these facilities allows them to remain in business and continue harming animals. 

To learn more, check out our list of the worst roadside zoos in the country!

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