PETA demands federal probe of deaths at Charlestown animal refuge
By KRISTINA GOETZ Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting | Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 6:05 pm
Tim Stark is pictured in an undated photo.
A national animal rights organization has asked a federal agency to investigate what it calls preventable animal deaths at a Southern Indiana wildlife refuge.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, asking officials to determine whether the deaths of several bears, lemurs and spotted leopards violated the Animal Welfare Act.
PETA cited the nine deaths that were listed in a November captive-bred wildlife permit application by Wildlife in Need owner Tim Stark. In requesting the permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stark wrote that he wanted the license to “make acquisition of new species and specimens as simple and expedient as possible.”
Edited by Quasar, 20 February 2015 - 12:52 PM.