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Victory! 'Filthy' Roadside Zoo Ordered to Close

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Posted June 2, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

After years of campaigning by PETA, Zoocheck Canada, and local residents, provincial authorities in Alberta, Canada, have finally ordered a decrepit roadside zoo called Guzoo Animal Farm to close its doors.

Numerous reports have documented that hundreds of animals—including tigers, cougars, dogs, a lynx, and a baboon—were living in feces-filled cages and cramped pens, denied adequate food, water, and shelter from the elements. “Grossly substandard and filthy,” wrote a Calgary zookeeper in a 2002 report. “A disgrace to the people of Alberta and those who care about animals,” said a retired Toronto zookeeper in 1998. In 2007, Zoocheck Canada documented more than 100 violations of the already minimal provincial standards for zoos.

Animals in other depressing roadside zoos still need your help—animals like Ben the bear and others at the Jambbas Ranch in North Carolina. Please ask officials to follow Alberta’s lead and shut down the zoo for good.

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  • Pam

    1486 days ago

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    June 11th and GuZoo has yet *another* 60 day permit to go on. And even if the owner doesn’t kill the exotic animals and have them stuffed, the small domestic animals will continue to suffer if he is able to re-open as a petting zoo. There are no regulations in place in Alberta for petting zoos. Please, PETA, we need an Action Team on this to make sure the little ones don’t continue to suffer!

    And yes, I have been there and seen with my own eyes the conditions that the animals are forced to live in. I’ve rescued 11 animals from that abomination and all of them have real medical issues stemming from their treatment at that roadside hell.

  • 1494 days ago

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    Yes, it has taken a lot of hard work by Zoocheck, CAAWPS, and other local animal groups years to close this place. Wasn’t aware that PETA had anything to do with it though.

    The main thing is that it’s closed. Zoocheck will foot the bill for moving the animals, and CAAWPS is working tirelessly to find appropriate sanctuaries. Lynn Gustafson, the owner of the zoo, has said he’ll try to send them to taxidermists. Wants to start the ‘Texas Chainsaw Zoo’, I guess.

  • 1494 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yeah bravo!

  • 1494 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sounds good, but, where are they now? =S

  • 1494 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is great news, but the fight isn’t over! Please sign the petition to stop the owners from killing all the animals to sell them to a taxidermist. Animal welfare associations have offered to cover all the costs of relocating the animals, they are doing this out of spite and greed. This petition is for the local SPCA to take them to court, and have their animals confiscated and located to rescues(currently they have just been ordered to shut down operations).
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/guzoo-closed-save-the-animals/

  • 1495 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Finally! Please tell us what will happen to the animals.

  • 1495 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yeah I saw this in my newspaper this morning but the article made it sound like it was a bad thing it was closing :( I think the person who wrote that article might need to rethink it.

  • 1495 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YAY! :) I just hope the animals go someplace good!

  • 1495 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is great! But what will happen to the animals? Please answer. I feel hesitant thinking this is good because they could go to a bad zoo or game farm.

  • 1495 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

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