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Harmful Roadside Zoo Shut Down for Good

Paws Up! To Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill for ending the cycle of abuse at Wildlife in Need Zoo.

November 10, 2020

Animal advocates and the state of Indiana are victorious over their attempts at shutting down the problematic roadside zoo in southern Indiana called Wildlife in Need.

Former zoo owner, Tim Stark, violated the Endangered Species Act by declawing tiger cubs. He also withheld veterinary care and the animals were living in poor conditions, according to WDRB News. Stark is also in the midst of federal litigation for the misuse of funds received from the CARES Act.

The animals have all since been relocated to reputable sanctuaries where they immediately received veterinary care.

Take Action: Roadside zoos often cut corners to try to lower the great expenses involved in caring for and feeding wild animals in captivity. It is always the animals who suffer with negligent veterinary care, poor diet, and improper socialization. Never visit these places. Instead, choose to appreciate wild animals in their natural habitats by viewing them in documentaries on TV or online. Wild animals belong in the wild, never as pets or in captivity!

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