HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Good Riddance: Bowmanville zoo finally closes its doors

By Craig Shapiro, peta.org

672 days ago   Article ID# 3948990
Original URL

 

PETA

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA (peta.org) - The sorry story of the Bowmanville Zoo finally came to a long overdue and well-deserved end today when the Ontario zoo closed its doors forever.

For the animals inside, October 11 couldn’t come fast enough.

Last December, Michael Hackenberger, owner and former director of the zoo, was caught on video by a PETA eyewitness repeatedly whipping a Siberian tiger so viciously that the big cat involuntarily emptied his anal sacs, a fear response.

Hackenberger went on to boast about using the whip to “carve my initials in their side.” Wielding a stick as a wolf cowered on the floor off-camera, he added: “You smack ’em and they generally fold like a house of cards. … And that’s the beauty of these things.”

Despite resigning from his position after being unmasked as a savage bully, Hackenberger denied having done anything wrong. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saw otherwise and in April charged him with five counts of cruelty to animals. CBS didn’t buy Hackenberger’s desperate protests, either: The TV network dropped its plans to hire the abusive trainer for its show Zoo. Hackenberger has supplied animals to many film and TV productions, including Life of Pi.

Hackenberger had previously been caught on video swearing at a baboon on live television after the baboon fell off a pony. And recently, two local residents witnessed a woman, who appeared to be dressed in a zoo uniform and whom they suspected was an employee, fire what they believed to be a BB gun at a panicked giraffe.

Good riddance to Bowmanville Zoo.

What You Can Do

Vote against cruelty to animals with your wallet. Never buy a ticket to any zoo, circus, theme park, or other attraction that uses animals. When their bottom line takes a hit, animal exploiters take notice.

Copyright 2018 peta.org   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 672 days ago   Article ID# 3948990

PETA    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals News

Sunny Leone’s latest hot photoshoot for PETA urges you to turn vegetarian!

439 days ago From india.com 

MUMBAI, INDIA - ...

Major sponsor pulls support from Alaska's Iditarod race

447 days ago From cnbc.com 

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NEW JERSEY - ...

Nick Cannon's anti-Seaworld rant is PETA's new summer PSA

447 days ago From eurweb.com 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - ...

Former Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill blasts alma mater for its experiments on dogs

448 days ago From seccountry.com 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - ...

In another success for PETA, Global Brands Group swears off Angora fur

449 days ago From forbes.com 

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Animal News

Action Center

Climate change will bring more and more heat waves

Action: Climate Change

The heat in Malaysia often feels next to unbearable. For days on end, the sun is scorching and the heat is sweltering. That, ...

End Phosphate Mining in Manatee County

Action: Wildlife Conservation

The expansion of phosphate mining in Manatee County would threaten freshwater resources in the Myakka and Peace River watersh ...

Amazon basin deforestation could disrupt distant rainforest by remote climate connection

Action: Stop Deforestation

The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of th ...

Stop coal mining assault on this roadless forest

Action: Stop Pollution

President Trump has been clear since day one that he’s turning over the nation’s public lands and environment to King Coa ...

Defend our wildlife from the search for Atlantic oil

Action: Save Our Oceans

From Maine to Florida, people along the East Coast strongly oppose offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean -- yet ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright The Charity Vault All rights reserved.