July 27, 2017 UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is going to revoke Summer Wind Farms’ Animal Welfare Act (AWA) exhibitor license! The USDA has just ordered the horrid roadside zoo to sell or donate most of the animals held captive there to other facilities by September 30, or it will face a fine of $25,000.
Some animals have been permitted to stay at Summer Wind Farms: a coyote, two bears, and two social primates who have been confined alone. But, we’re continuing to push for their release to reputable sanctuaries, too.
Originally posted July 7, 2017: Tigers Daisy and Mohan had been living a nightmare at Summer Wind Farms in Brown City, Michigan. Though Summer Wind calls itself a “sanctuary”, it’s actually nothing more than a roadside zoo.
When Daisy was a baby, she was kept in a cage all alone in a basement. Later on she was moved, only to be caged in an indoor dog kennel that reeked of urine. Now a 2-year-old, Daisy has developed a condition which causes her to lose balance and stumble. She got thin and her coat dull. Yet owners of Summer Wind Farms failed to provide her with adequate veterinary treatment.
Mohan, an elderly tiger, received no pain medication for his crippling arthritis. One winter, the USDA cited Summer Wind twice within two days for failing to provide Mohan with enough bedding, even though the temperature was expected to drop below zero. The year before that, Mohan and several other tigers were left with nothing to drink when their water froze.
In fact, Summer Wind Farms was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for over 200 animal-welfare violations in just three years. PETA offered to help place the animals from Summer Wind Farms in actual, reputable sanctuaries, but it refused our help and insisted on letting animals like Daisy suffer.
But there was hope …
Between March and May 2017, an eyewitness volunteered at Summer Wind and documented what was going on at this sham “sanctuary”, and PETA asked the USDA to investigate these issues and to confiscate Daisy.
Just a week after PETA alerted federal authorities, the USDA took action, and the tigers are now in their new, spacious home at The Wildcat Sanctuary. There they’re finally receiving the veterinary care they desperately need, and they’ll be able to live in an environment that is more like their natural habitat in a REAL sanctuary.
Daisy and Mohan have both received medical testing and treatment at University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Mohan is now on medication for degenerative joint disease, and veterinarians cut his claws, which had become severely overgrown and embedded deep into his foot pads. Ouch!
There's a new big boy at The Wildcat Sanctuary and his name is Mohan! Alerted that he was seriously in need of vet help, we drove 30 hours roundtrip to pick him up. Right away, we saw his lameness and rear-end atrophy. He appeared to walk painfully with bowed legs. Having trouble putting weight on his front paws, his claws had grown and become embedded in his paw pads. We rushed him back to the @universityofminnesota. Tests results and more of his story are available on our website. Mohan's treatment will be very expensive, but he deserves to finally live pain-free and happily. We hope you might help him, too? @tigersinamerica wants to encourage donations for Mohan by matching any gift over $200 with a 50% match at: bit.ly/TigersInAmerica And all other much appreciated gifts from $1 – $199 can be made at: bit.ly/HelpDaisyMohan We can't thank you enough for being part of our rescue team! The link to donate is in our bio! #thankyou #rescue #compassion #care #whitetiger #vet #veterinary #universityofminnesota #UofM #cats #animals #medicine #animal #love #tiger #white #whitetiger #donate #catsofinstagram #tigersinamerica #wildcatsanctuary #wildcat #thewildcatsanctuary
Daisy has undergone extensive diagnostic tests and is now on medication to increase her mobility. She’ll soon be moved to a larger area at the sanctuary, where she’ll be able to roam and explore for the first time ever!
Other Animals Still Need Your Help
This is great news, but there’s still work to be done! Other animals are still languishing at Summer Wind Farms, and they need your help urgently.
The USDA has repeatedly cited Summer Wind for not employing enough workers and for failing to train them adequately. USDA inspectors have said that the facility had a “culture of indifference to basic needs of animals that puts all animals at the facility in danger” and “is animal cruelty.”
PETA’s eyewitness found that one male goose killed another after volunteers separated him from his flock by only a low fence and replaced him with a rival.
Several animals were forced to live in excessively muddy pens with inadequate drainage.
Foxes were housed in a cramped cage with no space to explore.
Inspectors have also noted that instead of following proper guidelines for euthanizing animals, Summer Wind’s owner shot a tiger named JJ in the head. Previously, instead of having a veterinarian humanely euthanize two other animals, the owner improperly injected euthanasia solution into their muscles, which can cause unnecessary suffering and distress.
Please urge Summer Wind Farms to retire the remaining animals to a reputable sanctuaries where they can receive the space and veterinary care that they need!
Never visit any roadside zoos or animal attractions. Don’t be swayed by places that tack the word “sanctuary” or “rescue” onto their names—it’s a deceptive tactic that many roadside zoos and other cruel tourist traps use to attract customers. Consider supporting accredited sanctuaries. You can find a list of them here.