Update: Recently released government
records show that after PETA submitted extensive comments with supporting
evidence of how Serenity
Springs Wildlife Center
 is a cruel environment for the endangered animals it
already has in its clutches, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) denied the roadside zoo’s application for a permit to
breed more. The FWS told Serenity Springs that because U.S. Department of Agriculture
inspection reports—which PETA supplied to the FWS—revealed “serious violations of the Animal
Welfare Act, we are unable to find that you meet the issuance requirement of
having adequate expertise, facilities, and resources to conduct your intended
purpose.”

We’re hopeful that the FWS will also deny breeding permits to other chronic Animal Welfare Act
violators, such as the notorious Hawthorn Corporation and Ringling
Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus
.

Originally posted July 31, 2013.

PETA has filed formal comments with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (FWS) opposing an application by Serenity Springs, a disreputable Colorado-based pseudo-sanctuary, for a permit to breed captive endangered animals.

Zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, marine parks, traveling zoos, roadside zoos, and other similar attractions imprison animals who long to be free in order to profit from the people who come to gawk.

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It’s hard to imagine any facility less qualified to meet the requirements for a breeding permit under
the Endangered Species Act. Serenity Springs has an appalling record of
mortalities—by its own admission, approximately
one-third of its animals have died in
the past five years. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), many of these deaths involved improper handling and/or denial of
veterinary care
—and the agency has dozens of charges for Animal Welfare Act
violations pending against Serenity Springs.

Tigers are held captive in dismal conditions at
roadside zoos across America. Even the best artificial environments can’t come close to matching the space, diversity, and freedom that animals have in their natural habitats. 

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In the FWS filing, PETA also notes that the permit
application contains misleading and incomplete statements about animals’ deaths.
For example, the death of a tiger named Nala is conspicuously omitted from the
required list of mortalities. According to the USDA, Serenity Springs manager Nick Sculac (who
is not a veterinarian) diagnosed Nala as having cancer and then, rather than
obtaining veterinary care for her, gave the tiger “three doses of a
sedative, unsuccessfully attempted to inject Nala with euthanasia solution, and
ultimately killed Nala by cutting her
throat, and reported to Colorado officials that Nala had died of natural causes
.”

What You Can Do

Next time you pass any roadside zoo, please just keep on driving—these cruel operations stay in business only
because people patronize them.

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Article source: PETA Files

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