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Department alleges over 140 violations from 2013 to 2015. In addition, as recent as March 2017, a USDA inspection report alleged they were operating on a suspended license, denied access to inspectors and tried to intimidate inspectors with a fire arm.
#WildlifeinNeed, a southern #indianaroadside #zoo, has been under intense scrutiny this past week after a video was released of the owner, #TimStark, roughly handling a bear cub. This isn’t the first time the facility has been under fire for the way it treats its animals. A scathing complaint filed last year by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) documents a history of repeated, willful violations from 2013 to 2015. There are too many to list here, so we will link to the filing. Notably, Stark was also convicted in 2008 for violating the #endangeredSpecies Act.
Forward to this March, 2017. A USDA inspection report from March 31, 2017 includes a slew of new allegations. Here is a summary of what the inspection report alleges:
Stark’s license was suspended by the USDA on March 24, 2017.
Stark continued to operate with a suspended license, as was documented by eye witnesses and posts shared on social media.
On March 29, #usdainspectors were denied access to the property.
The inspectors allege Stark tried to intimidate them by coming to the front gate with a visible fire arm. Operating on a suspended license and denying access to inspectors are both considered critical violations of the #animalWelfare Act. Over the years, Stark has been warned repeatedly by inspectors that he cannot allow the public to have physical access to young cubs as they pose a threat to people attending, especially children and babies. Stark has ignored these and other warnings, including operating with a suspended license on multiple occasions. #vegansofig #activism #animallove #animalwelfare #animalrights #animalcruelty #compassion