Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Guzoo Needs to Be Shut Down!

Let me just start by saying this is one of the most disgusting "zoo" establishments i have ever seen! Photos have just surfaced that show just how bad conditions have gotten at Guzoo in Three Hills, Alberta. The roadside zoo has close to 500 animals. Those range from rabbits, birds, goats and reptiles to tigers, bears, lions, monkeys, and camels.

These animals are all being kept in extremely small pens outside with no access to warm shelter. Their water bowls and buckets are frozen solid and there is feces everywhere in their enclosures.

Feral cats and dogs wander around the premises taunting animals in their pens, who are pent up and bored with no enrichment.

These photos were taken by Nic Burgess and posted on Facebook. Since he put these online a ferver has started to get this place shut down for good! Guzoo's license is up for renewal as of Friday (April 1st).

Photo showing produce (some of it still in bags) in the pen with pigs and goats.

You're looking at the tiger's water dish that is frozen solid and full of snow.

Carcasses piled up in various states of decomposition.

This pig is eating something that looks like a jacket.

This goat is bleeding and is also eating a gum wrapper.

The man who will give the final say on whether or not Guzoo's license is renewed is the Alberta Minister of Sustainable Resource Development-- Mel Knight.

Since these photos have surfaced Mr. Knight's Facebook page has been inundated with messages from people pleading with him to look into this so-called zoo and really consider how these animals are suffering before he makes his decision. Sadly, he has yet to come forward with any sort of response.

Media outlets throughout the province have taken notice though and are covering the issue.

As of yesterday SPCA officials had visited the farm. They are recommending that a veterinarian look at some of the animals. So i suppose only time will tell what their verdict is. In the mean time, the zoo's owner has threatened that if he's forced to close the doors his animals will not go anywhere else, adding that one of his lions is worth $10, 000 to a taxidermist.

If you would like to have your say you can get ahold of Mr. Knight by phoning, emailing, or facebooking.

Mel Knight  (780) 415-4815
Email: mailto:grandeprairie.smoky@assembly.ab.ca
and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mlamelknight

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