Lions And Zoos

Feds cite local roadside zoo for elk death, after PETA tip

For immediate release:
September 6, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Roswell, New Mexico – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) slapped Spring River Park & ​​Zoo with a criticism, repeat quote after PETA reported that a moose broke its leg there and was euthanized. It is the second time in just over a year that the city-owned roadside zoo has been cited for failing to maintain safe enclosures, leading to animal escapes and now death.

According to the USDA inspection report just obtained by PETA, workers moved two adult elk, Patty and Garrett, from an off-show enclosure to an on-show enclosure with a hole in its fence panel. Public records reveal that the visitors’ exposure afflicted the two animals, causing them to attempt to flee through the hole. Patty caught her leg in the panels and suffered what the USDA describes as an irreparable injury.

“An elk broke a leg bone and had to be put down because this dilapidated roadside zoo continues to put the safety of animals and visitors at risk,” said Debbie Metzler, property manager. -be captive animals of the PETA Foundation. “PETA urges everyone to avoid Spring River Park & ​​Zoo and asks them to send the animals they keep imprisoned there to reputable facilities, where they would receive the proper care they need.”

Spring River has a history of animal welfare failures. In 2021, the roadside zoo was slapped with USDA citations for failing to provide the equipment necessary to handle a stumbling, underweight longhorn steer with overgrown hooves and failing to maintain structurally sound enclosures, which allowed a black bear and a beaver to escape, the latter n ‘having never been found.

The federal agency also cited this roadside zoo for lacking an exercise plan for a wolf-dog hybrid, an enrichment plan for ring-tailed lemurs and adequate records for the transfer of two bears. blacks and a cougar. PETA notes that Spring River confines bears to a concrete pit and houses many animals in cramped, sterile enclosures as if they were objects, not sentient beings with needs.

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours for entertainment” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.