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!

Monday, May 4, 2009

PETA Wants California Authorities to Revoke Sidney Yost CA Permit to Exhibit Dangerous Animals

Incident in Which Child Was Attacked by Wolf Merits Action, Says Group

Sacramento, Calif. -- In the wake of reports that a 2 1/2-year-old girl was attacked and severely injured by a wolf hybrid displayed by notorious California-based animal exhibitor Sidney Yost at a show in Illinois, PETA sent an urgent letter today to the California Department of Fish and Game. In the letter, PETA asks the agency to revoke Yost's restricted species permit and reminds the agency that Yost's business, Amazing Animal Productions, which has supplied animals for Evan Almighty, No Country for Old Men, and The Young and the Restless, has a history of failing to handle dangerous animals properly.

"Sid Yost has an extensive record of fines, incarceration, lawsuits, and citations for multiple violations of state and federal laws, and yet he's still permitted to endanger the public--including young children," says PETA Director Debbie Leahy. "The Fish and Game Department needs to shut down this cruel and hazardous exhibitor before another animal--human or child--pays the price."

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PETA's letter to the California Department of Fish and Game follows.

May 4, 2009

Nancy Foley, Chief of Enforcement
California Department of Fish and Game

Dear Ms. Foley,

Please consider this letter an official request for the California Department of Fish and Game to fully investigate Sidney Yost, dba Amazing Animal Productions, in San Bernardino, Calif. PETA believes that Yost has amply demonstrated his inability to safely handle and humanely care for wild animals, and we urge you to seek prosecution pursuant to all applicable provisions of the Fish and Game Code and pursue revocation of Yost's restricted species permit.

On April 4, a 2 1/2-year-old girl was attacked by a wolf hybrid who was being displayed by Yost at a resort in Utica, Ill. As the 100-pound wolf was being led onto a stage with only a leash, the animal reportedly attacked and bit the girl on her face and neck. She was taken to a hospital, where she received stitches. The wolf hybrid was euthanized.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) documents reveal that Yost has been cited repeatedly for unsafe handling of dangerous animals. In 2008, the USDA cited Yost for failure to restrain a 7 1/2-month-old lion adequately during an appearance on The Tonight Show in Burbank, Calif. In 2000, a chimpanzee Yost was exhibiting fiercely bit a 9-year-old girl on the hand. The girl's hand swelled and required stitches. The USDA fined Yost $2,000 for Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations associated with this attack.

The USDA has also cited Yost for failure to ensure that employees have sufficient knowledge and experience and prohibited Yost from using a chimpanzee and two exotic cats in situations involving potential contact with the public. Other violations of the federal AWA include failure to provide animals with adequate space, shelter, wholesome food, and clean enclosures.

In 2006, Yost gave up his three chimpanzees as part of a lawsuit filed by animal advocacy groups that accused Yost of violating the Endangered Species Act and the California anti-cruelty statute. An investigator found systematic abuse to chimpanzees who were routinely punched, kicked, and beaten.

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.


Lisa Wathne
Captive Exotic Animal Specialist:


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