The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Friday, May 8, 2009

PETAS Plea, Ex-Chimp Owner in Trouble Again

San Bernardino County, Calif. -- In the wake of reports that a 2�-year-old girl was attacked and severely injured by a wolf hybrid displayed by San Bernardino-based animal exhibitor Sidney Yost at a show in Illinois, PETA sent an urgent letter today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking the agency to launch an investigation into the incident. If the agency determines that Yost--who does business as Amazing Animal Productions and who has a history of failing to properly handle dangerous animals--is in violation of the Animal Welfare Act, PETA will urge the USDA to revoke his license permanently."

PETA's letter to the USDA

April 7, 2009

Robert M. Gibbens, D.V.M.
Director, Western Region

Dear Dr. Gibbens,

Please consider this letter an official request for the USDA to investigate the following incident involving Sidney Yost and Mark Shockley, dba Amazing Animal Productions in San Bernardino, Calif., license #93-C-0590. If violations of the Animal Welfare Act are identified, we urge you to pursue revocation of Amazing Animal Productions' (AAP) USDA license.

According to news reports, on Saturday, April 4, a 2-year-old girl was attacked by a wolf hybrid being displayed by Sid Yost at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort in Utica, Ill. As the leashed wolf--who weighed approximately 100 pounds--was led through a curtain and onto the show stage, the animal reportedly lunged at the girl, biting numerous parts of her body, including her face and neck. The girl's mother and Yost pulled the animal off the child, and she was taken to a hospital. The wolf hybrid was euthanized.

As you know, AAP has been cited by the USDA on many occasions for failure to properly handle dangerous animals who are used for public exhibition. Most recently, on March 18, 2008, the USDA cited AAP for unsafe handling of a lion during an appearance on The Tonight Show. The USDA report states, "Licensee exhibited a 7�-month-old lion on a leash in the presence of the general public ....A leash does not constitute a barrier, and there is a risk to the safety of the public when a leash is the only restraint in use."

The USDA has also cited AAP for failure to ensure that employees have sufficient knowledge and experience to ensure the safety of the animals and the public. In addition, it has specifically prohibited AAP from using a chimpanzee with a documented history of biting as well as two large, adult exotic cats in situations involving potential contact with the public.

The April 4 incident resulted in injuries to a very young child and the death of an animal. Amazing Animal Productions has more than proved its inability to exhibit dangerous animals in a safe manner. Please pursue revocation of its license. Thank you for your time.


Lisa Wathne, Captive Exotic Animal Specialist


Amazing Animal Live will be performing live stage show at Grizzly Jack's Bear resort.



About 11 a.m. Saturday a 2-year-old girl was near the stage where the show took place, when the leashed wolf and its handler came through the slit in the curtain as part of the performance, said a spokesman for the show. The animal lunged at the girl, biting her face and neck, as well as elsewhere on her body, according to La Salle County Animal Control Officer Gary Wind. The girl's mother and the handler pulled the animal from the"
Small Child Bitten


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