In August 2012, PETA was contacted by a whistleblower who had been volunteering for several months as an animal care assistant for a licensed wildlife rehabilitator operating out of her Florida home—a home where ill, injured, and orphaned wild animals were living in filth, left to languish without food or water.
The shocking conditions shown in footage taken by the whistleblower over the course of three weeks included the following:
PETA alerted state and federal wildlife officials, leading to the rescue of numerous suffering turtles, tortoises, and birds, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission filed 23 charges against the rehabber for animal neglect, improper animal housing, and unsanitary conditions. Following a plea bargain, the survivors were removed from the woman’s care for release back into the wild or transfer to other facilities better equipped to meet their needs.
What You Can Do
Even well-meaning animal rescuers can become overwhelmed. Even worse, many out-of-control hoarders use rescue as an excuse, causing massive suffering for the animals who fall into their hands.
If you know of animals suffering in a supposed rescue or rehab facility, don’t be silent—act right away!