Reposting this Action Alert from the Animal Legal Defense Fund
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Big Cats in Louisiana Need Your Voice
Thirteen exotic animals are being kept in squalid conditions at a pseudo-sanctuary in Louisiana and we urgently need your help. Known as “Yogie and Friends,” the Frierson, La. site is under official investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for holding three tigers, four lions, one leopard, one puma, one bobcat, and three servals — all in violation of the minimum standards of care required by the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
Just since July 2014, USDA has cited Yogie and Friends for at least twenty-one AWA violations. These include serious and repeat animal concerns, such as failing to have an adequate program of veterinary care, failing to provide adequate care to underweight animals, failing to provide veterinary care to a lion with an eye infection despite being instructed to do so, and failing to provide food that is palatable and free from contamination.
ALDF recently obtained shocking public records which document that the founder of Yogie and Friends has shot multiple lions in the head with a gun instead of having them humanely euthanized. And rather than providing a suitable and nutritious diet for the animals, the owners simply gave the big cats decomposing horse heads to eat. After being cited repeatedly for such serious AWA violations, Yogie and Friends reportedly is planning to send their cats to G.W. Exotic Animal Park — a notorious roadside zoo that currently is under official USDA investigation over the deaths of over 20 tiger cubs! G.W. also recently was served with an OSHA penalty in connection with a tiger attacking and biting off the arm of one of their employees.
Reputable sanctuaries stand ready to offer permanent, healthy homes to Yogie and Friends’ suffering animals. We need your help to make sure that the remaining cats aren’t just shot to death like the other lions, or end up in the hands of an even worse AWA violator!
Time is of the essence! Please join ALDF in politely urging the USDA to confiscate the 13 cats languishing at Yogie, revoke Yogie’s exhibitor license, and ensure these cats are placed in a reputable sanctuary where they will receive the care, habitats, and safety they need and deserve. Feel free to reference our sample letter, but remember that using your own words is always most effective.
As you know, ALDF is committed to ensuring that Tony the Tiger and all of Louisiana’s other big cats suffering in substandard conditions are placed in reputable sanctuaries. Please pass this information along to your family, friends, and coworkers who care about tigers and other big cats! Thank you for all you do for animals!