Monday, September 14, 2009

Better Email Addresses to Save Cancun Tigers

These email addresses have been reformatted and all work.  PLEASE try to write something to them again, it's so important…….thanks!!

 

This little guy needs your help……….

 

GW Exotics cub on display small.jpgWould you please join me in writing to GGP – corporate owner of 200 regional malls throughout the country?  They are based in Chicago and they own Southland Mall, the latest venue for G.W. Exotic's newest traveling magic show billed under the name "Awakening Production." 

 

If we don't strike at the root – the corporate owner of all of these malls – we'll never be able to stop this man's abuse.  By the time the local malls find out about him, he's moved on and even the resulting bad publicity is yesterday's news for them.  They don't care since he's long gone.

 

Won't you take a minute today to politely ask them to refrain from allowing these exhibits in any of their malls?  The facts are listed below for you in my letter.

 

You can simply cut and paste all the GGP corporate officers and newspapers from my list below:


john@bucksbaum.net, adam.metz@ggp.com, ed.hoyt@ggp.com, robert.michaels@ggp.com, sharon.polonia@ggp.com, wally.brewster@ggp.com, ronald.gern@ggp.com, joel.bayer@ggp.com, editor@thenewsherald.com, contribute@tribune.com, zfinken@suntimes.com

GGP Chairman of the Board:

 

John Bucksbaum                                                Phone: 312-604-2029 (direct line)
191 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 1500                                        312-621-0590 (main office number) Extension 244
Chicago, IL 60606                                              Fax:      312-621-0984 (not private)


Subject: What is your stand on corporate responsibility?

 

This week, G.W. Exotics was able to convince another large corporation – GGP - that their traveling animal show was just an innocent display of wild animals.  Your Southland Mall played host to this charade, this time G. W. Exotics billing itself as "Awakening Production."

 

First, let me say that I am not a member of PETA.  I am just a mother/grandmother who happens to be a senior keeper at an accredited rescue facility caring for big cats - just like those at your mall - who have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, bred nearly to death in order to supply these "displays."  The govt. doesn't step in to save them, we as ordinary citizens are called upon to do it.  These animals are ultimately dumped when they are too large to handle and too expensive to care for.  Legislation and regulations are scant and enforcement is rare since this falls very low in priority.  Budget cuts have resulted in too few inspectors to begin to make a dent in curtailing abuse like this.

 

If you take the time to investigate and delve deeper, you will learn that this isn't an innocent, family fun exhibit GGP is hiring.  There is a dangerous, abusive, and well-documented past to this exhibitor, Joe Schreibvogel.  In fact, he has become a pariah in the animal protection world.  Why?  Because he is a major supplier to the illegal trade of exotic animals in this country. 

 

At your Southland Mall, he showed up with 7 baby exotic lions, tigers, and kangaroos.  What do you think will happen to these animals once they are too large for his mall "human encounters?"  Their shelf life is very short. More and more are bred constantly to fuel his business while those that grow too big are disposed of.  Since his shows are only a couple of days, by the time the public, or the malls who have hired him, find out about his notorious past (under many different business names), he has moved on.  Quite like the old-time snake oil salesmen.

 

But these are not the old days.  This is a new world of corporate responsibility.  Recently, when the Price Chopper chain of stores found out a display like this was taking place at an event they were sponsoring, they yanked their sponsorship.  They stepped up and did the right thing.  Will GGP do what is right and humane and help stop this abuse, too?  Is it really worth having your image tarnished by this man's sordid reputation?  Wherever he goes, controversy and bad press follows (see articles below).

 

Your corporation has booked this man in the future at many of your malls.  Attached and below, are the facts, legal proceedings, and numerous articles written about Joe Schreibvogel to prove his reputation as an animal abuser.  GGP has qualified for the "Companies That Care Honor Roll" for 3 years.  Will you be a good corporate citizen and "walk the talk?"  Please show that you truly care by cancelling any future shows by this exhibitor at any of your malls.  How can you not?

 

Sincerely,

Julie Hanan

Lutz, FL

 

Cc:      CBS – Chicago

NBC – Chicago

ABC – Chicago

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Sun Times

 

Exotic Joe is actually Joe Schreibvogel, President of the infamous G. W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, OK.  His USDA license is License 73-C-0139 and his USDA violation file is attached (please take the time to read it since it lists many of his animal cruelty violations).  He has been slapped with violations and even fined $25,000 which, in the world of USDA animal violation fines, is a huge amount.  At any one time, he has housed more than 170 big cats and 1,400 animals on 16 acres. I am a senior keeper at an accredited big cat rescue sanctuary. We currently provide a home for about 125 rescued wildcats on 42 acres and feel we are maxed out, given the space we have. With 1,570 animals crammed onto 16 acres at G. W. Exotic, you can imagine the poor quality of life and lack of care these animals must endure.

 

If you check out Joe Schreibvogel's website at http://www.gwpark.org/ you will see a website filled with people holding, handling, posing with baby exotic animals.  This begs the question, "Where do all these animals wind up when they are adults?"  Though he'll claim he doesn't breed or sell, the evidence below is quite the contrary. In addition, what quality of life do these animals suffer when they are trucked all over the country for these "magic" shows?

 

What is commonly referred to as "puppy mills" is what Schredibvogel runs, the difference being he churns out dangerous carnivores.  He is a major supplier fueling the exotic animal trade. It's very easy for him to book gigs and travel with these babies since he ties his act to "protecting endangered species" - or whatever the buzzword of the day is.  But, make no mistake, this is a modern day snake oil salesman making money off the backs of these innocent animals with more and more being churned through his "park."  All the while, he is exposing the public to a tremendous amount of danger.

 

Isn't it time our state and national representatives enact legislation to protect the general public from this type of deceptive practice and eliminate the public safety risk and the animal abuse it encourages? The maulings and killings become more and more prevalent. Haley Hilderbrand, a high school senior was killed when she posed with a tiger for a photo only a couple of years ago and yet the namesake bill sponsored after her death still lingers in Congress…..Julie Hanan, Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, FL

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON JOE SCHREIBVOGEL, G.W. EXOTIC ANIMAL PARK:

 

The following quotes are from G.W. Exotic Animal Park:

 

·         "… I do not in any way breed, sell, ship out, lease, or loan out any of my animals …"
—[J1], letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, December 6, 2002

·         "[A]ll of our cats are fixed or split up so they can't breed, … we do not buy, sell, or trade any animal…."
—[J1], e-mail message to PETA, August 30, 2003

·         "I never sell or donate to anyone."
—[J1], letter to Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Renewal of Commercial Wildlife Breeders License, November 21, 2001

 

 Contradictory incidents since 2001:

·         GW sold one male and two female lion cubs for $1,500 each to the Amarillo Zoo in Texas. All three were born at GW in September 2005 and were declawed before they were 1 month old. Parents of the cubs were all GW residents who were allowed to breed.

·         TV news reported an astounding 18 new tiger cubs and one very pregnant tiger at GW. The pregnant tiger, Sasha, was GW's first rescued, and never spayed, tiger.

·         A female cougar, born at GW on March 14, 2000, was shipped to the Seoul Grand Park Zoo in the Republic of Korea.

·         A cougar, born at GW, was shipped to the Sofia Municipal Zoo in Bulgaria.

·         Two cougars born at GW were shipped to the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand.

·         GW reportedly tried to sell an infant baboon named Savannah, born April 24, 2003, to an undercover activist who visited the facility.

·         GW sent a lion cub to Capital of Texas Zoo (Cedar Creek, Texas). The cub was then loaned to Bobbie Colorado, who appears weekly on an Austin TV station. While in the custody of Bobbie Colorado, the lion cub was killed by a dog. 

·         GW transferred a tiger named Blondy to the Hillcrest Zoo, a roadside zoo in Clovis, New Mexico, that has been repeatedly cited for a multitude of violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failing to provide sufficient food to three zebras who all died within a two-day period.

·         In 2003, GW obtained four snakes, four flying squirrels, two sugar gliders, and 10 alligators from Strictly Reptiles, a Florida wholesale distributor of reptiles.

·         GW has purchased animals including a bear cub, a tiger cub, miniature horses, and birds from exotic animal auctions, such as Lolli Bros., which states on its Web site: "From Apes to Zebra—We sell it all!! In addition to 'live' animal sales, we also offer a phenomenal selection of excellent of Taxidermy [sic] at each sale."

 

EXOTIC ANIMAL DISPLAY: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Despite vociferous criticism from animal rights groups, traveling showman says he offers a once-in-a-life experience
Video shows tigers being hit with the butt of a rifle, a goat with a horn ripped off exposing its brain, USDA lawsuit with 14 infractions
By _TRENT JACOBS_
(http://www.dailysentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2009/04/24/mailto:tjacob\s@coxnews.com)
The Daily Sentinel
Friday, April 24, 2009

Lions, tigers and bears took over the University Mall earlier this week,
and tonight residents are promised a free anti-drug and alcohol magic show
at 6 p.m. in the middle of the mall concourse, courtesy of none other than
Joe "Exotic" Schreibvogel.

Schreibvogel is the ring leader of a traveling zoo and magic show that has
performed for audiences young and old across the country for several
years. Schreibvogel was to perform several magic shows earlier this week, but
his tour bus broke down, leaving him stranded at his animal park in
Wynnewood, Okla, After chartering a bus and starting an emergency fund-raising
effort to fix the bus, Schreibvogel was scheduled to arrive in Nacogdoches
sometime Friday afternoon. He said he will take the stage tonight before
heading back out of town Sunday.

Preceding Schreibvogel's arrival was an 18-wheeler trailer carrying baby
lions, bears and tigers that have been on exhibit at the mall all week. For
a $25 donation, mall patrons can take pictures and visit with the animals
for eight minutes. Schreibvogel owns and operates a non-profit animal ranch
in Oklahoma called the G.W. Exotic Animal Park. The park was founded in
1997 and named in honor of his brother, Garold, who was killed by a drunk
driver in Corsicana, Texas. Schreibvogel says his brother was passionate about
wildlife, and he now uses his traveling magic act to build awareness among
young people about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and bullying. He will open
and close tonight's show with songs he wrote about his father's inability
to express love to his dying son and how he was forced to take his brother,
who spent a week in a coma due to his injuries, off life support.

Schreibvogel says he is on a constant hunt for donor money to help keep
his park, which also houses various volunteers, afloat. He says he takes no
salary, and the only people on his payroll are the commercial truck drivers
he uses for the traveling baby animal show and to pick up meat for the
animals. He also mentions that he used his inheritance from his grandfather to
keep the park running and it's 1,400 animals fed, which he says takes about
$60,000 a month.

It's because of that large sum of money that Schreibvogel says he is
"forced" to breed young lions and tigers and take them out on the road. Despite
his claim that he gives the baby lions and tigers to zoos and other
accredited preserves, it is an action that animal rights groups like the
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals oppose vehemently.

According to Lisa Wathne, who is a captive exotic animal specialist with
PETA, said, "Joe Schreibvogel is directly contributing to the exotic-animal
trade that he says he is against. But the truth of the matter is, he is
putting a lot of animals into that trade. It's despicable."

But Schreibvogel claims that patrons to his wildlife park cannot sustain
the costs of operation, and Internet scams have dissuaded people from
donation through his Web site. On the site, he talks about a crusade to save
"dying malls across America" and describes his traveling act as a
once-in-a-lifetime experience for the over 2 million people he meets a year.
"We help the malls, and they help us by letting us use the space for free.

I meet 2-year-old people and 95-year-old people that have a life dream of
being able to go see a tiger in real life. So, here they have the option to
sit in a cage, get educated, fall in love with and get a personal aspect
of a baby tiger that otherwise they would have never seen in their life,"
Schreibvogel says.

But it's that chance encounter that James Bias, spokesperson for the SPCA
of Texas, said is a misrepresentation of true wildlife advocacy.
"You know you're taking wild animals, regardless of how they've been
raised, and they are still wild and not domesticated, and putting them on
wheels and trucking them around. That's just not what these animals were geared
to do, and, of course, you're increasing their stress levels and the
potential for abuse," Bias said. "For somebody to claim that this is an
opportunity for the community to see wild animals up close, this usually
doesn't represent what their normal environment is. You're not going to see someone who's

holding a tiger in a shopping mall realize that these animals deserve dignity. I mean this is the least dignified way for animals to be cared for."

In fact, Schreibvogel, his animal park and his traveling animal show have
all been fined and cited for numerous infractions by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, which is responsible for enforcing federal animal welfare
laws. In January 2006, the USDA filed a lawsuit against Schreibvogel, and he
along with his park were put on 18 months of probation for 14 infractions,
including poor living conditions for the animals, unsanitary conditions and
a general lack of proper care for the animals by untrained staff, the suit
said. Schreibvogel was also ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and has since
been taken off probation. Schreibvogel says the USDA "targeted" him after he
was cited for not having "a readily identifiable employee" within proximity
to some rescued baby deer. In a moment of passion, Schreibvogel says he
threw the USDA inspector who issued the citation out of the park a move he
now says he regrets. Schreibvogel says he is now in compliance with the
USDA and provided The Daily Sentinel with copies of 11 inspection reports
dated from November 2006 to January 2009 reflecting his claim, with only one
infraction concerning proper recording keeping.

Schreibvogel also claims that a YouTube video made during his probation
period in 2006 by the PETA group was a "frame job," and the undercover PETA
agent used sympathetic friends to incriminate the park. The video depicts
park volunteers debating whether or not to properly euthanize a lame horse.
They argue that using chemicals on the animal would prevent them from
feeding the meat to some of the other animals, and that a gunshot to the head
was more appropriate. The video also shows an animal handler hitting tigers
with the butt of a rifle and a goat with a horn ripped off exposing its
brain. The video says the goat was left injured for days before being shot and
fed to the big cats at the park. Another portion of the video has an audio
recording of one park volunteer explaining how easy it is doctor the "feed
report," because inspectors cannot prove you did not feed the animals on any
given day. The park volunteer goes on to acknowledge the park was in
violation of the law when the park ran out of meat and did not feed the animals
for three or four days. The volunteer also says they are only allowed to
fast the animals for a single day, according to U.S Department of Agriculture
regulations. "They can't go back, unless they've got video cameras out
here, and prove that we didn't feed them that day. There's no way they can go
back and prove we didn't feed them," the volunteer says to the undercover
PETA agent. Other parts of the video show park staff kicking and swatting
animals and shows the erratic behavior of some of the captive tigers and
bears, describing them as having gone "cage crazy" from lack of psychological
stimulus in their tight confinements.


Schreibvogel says that all but one of the employees in the video had been
fired for other infractions and that the USDA had cleared him of any
wrongdoing after an investigation into the claims made in the video.
Schreibvogel says that the animals he rescues come from private owners, and due to
newly imposed restrictions in cities across the nation on exotic-animal
ownership in the past decade, he has taken in dozens of animals like tigers and
chimpanzees.

Summing up his long-lived feud with PETA, Schreibvogel says, "They believe
the animals are better off being put to sleep rather than being put in a
cage. Unfortunately, I don't think that's fair."

In response, Wathne maintains PETA just wants Schreibvogel to change his
business plan, saying, "We don't want to euthanize his animals. What we
would like to see Joe do is stop breeding animals ... stop bringing them into
an already overcrowded world and into a situation where he has to dump the
animals after he's done using them, and provide the animals he has with
appropriate space, food and shelter. If he were operating as a true sanctuary,
we would have no concerns with him. And, in fact, we would support him just
as we support numerous other sanctuaries across the country."
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Friday, June 29, 2007 12:36 AM CDT

BY JEAN STARR
Times Correspondent

MICHIGAN CITY - An exhibition of exotic baby animals and magic acts
opened this week at Marquette Mall, despite objections from People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Mystical Magic of the Endangered arrived Wednesday at the mall.
Presented by G.W. Exotic Animal Foundation, the show will continue
through Sunday.

PETA said it conducted a covert investigation after learning of
complaints filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service. The formal complaints against G.W.
Exotic Animal Foundation in Wynnewood, Okla., were for violations
including failure to provide adequate care and failure to minimize
safety risk to the public while handling the animals.

According to the USDA Consent Decision and Order docket, foundation
owner Joe Schreibvogel was fined $25,000 and told to cease and desist
from 14 violations of the Animal Welfare Act.


Schreibvogel told Marquette Mall manager Laura Tubbs that he has paid
the fine and presented her with recent inspection reports.

"We certainly do background checks on any of the acts," Tubbs said.
"Their whole organization is a positive message geared toward the
children, including anti-drug and not drinking and driving."

Michigan City Planner John Pugh said the city approves of special
exhibits at Marquette Mall.

"We're not involved in it because it is considered a permitted use as
part of Marquette Mall's permanent shopping zoning," he said about the
animal exhibit. "It's permissible, and they're considered accessory
uses such as car shows (and other) special events."

On the Web
G.W. Exotic Animal Foundation: www.gwpark.org.

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2007/06/29/news/porter_county/docbba09f511851b13086257309000a977f.txt
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For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org


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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Support MO House Bill 426

New Bill May End Public Access to Exotic Carnivores
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BOONE COUNTY - A Boone County big cat sanctuary lets the public see what it takes to raise a tiger.

Dale Tolentino says he loves Hermara the tiger, but says taking care of her is a lot of work.

"The majority of the animals here are all rescue animals we took them because they needed a place to live." said Tolentino.

Hermara is eight months old and weighs 80 pounds. She needs 15 pounds of meat every day and a lot of attention and new toys.

Tolentino and his wife Debbie are sharing the experience of running an animal sanctuary. They're holding an open day on September 20th. Their address is 6000 Creasy Springs Road, in Boone County. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

But a new bill may end public access to these big carnivores. House Bill 426 will go before the Missouri State House in the next session. It proposes to force owners of big carnivores, like Hermara, to get a permit and prove $250,000 of liability insurance, in case their animals escape and hurt somebody.

Missouri is one of only nine states where you can own a tiger without a permit.

Tammy Hickman volunteers at animal sanctuary. "A lot of people think they would make a great pet, you know, and they don't because there's so much money and so much energy that goes into these big animals, you can't just take it into the vet." said Hickman.

Dale Tolintino and his volunteers say if the new bill passes they will still be able to keep the animal sanctuary open.

They say they have plenty of land, insurance and dedication to the animals.

Reported by: Tom Maclean
Posted by: Jessica Holley

For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org


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