For several years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has had an open investigation regarding big cat breeder and exhibitor Joe Schreibvogel of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, formerly GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla. for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Animal protection organizations have asked the USDA to permanently revoke Schreibvogel’s exhibitor license.
The Humane Society of the United States, The Fund for Animals, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Born Free USA and Big Cat Rescue filed the legal petition.
Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife protection for The HSUS said: “Schreibvogel is a textbook example of an unqualified and unprofessional individual who should not be allowed to publicly exhibit dangerous wild animals. This one operation causes an enormous burden on federal agencies by routinely breeding and supplying dangerous wildlife species to other roadside zoos across the country and revoking his license would directly benefit animal welfare, public safety and conservation efforts.”
This petition provides more evidence of inadequate veterinary care and animal handling at Schreibvogel’s roadside zoo. The evidence presented in the petition for license revocation includes:
The HSUS previously conducted an undercover investigation of Schreibvogel’s facility and filed legal complaints with multiple state and federal agencies. The aforementioned organizations have also formally requested that USDA amend its animal handling regulations in order to prohibit public contact with big cats, bears and nonhuman primates, because the current policy endangers the public and encourages the overbreeding of dangerous captive wildlife to ensure a constant supply of young animals for photo-ops and commercial activity.