Animal Advocates File Compalint On Repeat-Offender Roadside Zoo In Arizona In Order To Deny Their License Renewal

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Photos taken by a concerned visitor at The Camel Farm are from PETA.

In another sad case of animals being mistreated repeatedly by a zoo or farm, an animal welfare complaint with multiple concerns has been filed with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD).

The timing is critical as The Camel Farm, which is described as an urban farm and petting zoo, is pending license renewal.

In Arizona, the law, as it should be throughout the U.S. where these types of farms and zoos still exist, requires the AZGFD to deny a license when it is in the best interest of wildlife.

That is why PETA, which was armed with shocking photographs taken by concerned visitors at the farm and recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection reports, filed the complaint and is calling for the department to deny the license renewal and close the farm down.

“Arizona law requires licensed zoos to provide adequate and prompt veterinary care, and The Camel Farm has left the same animals suffering from the same veterinary ailments for months,” PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet said in a statement. “PETA is calling on state authorities to help these animals by refusing to renew this neglectful facility’s license.”

The heartbreaking photographs taken on February 25th included one of a camel with a large mass on his chest, multiple animals with overgrown hooves, and enclosures with inadequate shelters and excessive mud and feces.

These issues had previously also been documented in a USDA inspection report from February 6th, which just became public.

According to PETA, the previous report stated that “inspectors found numerous animals with hair loss and or in need of hoof trims, an excessively thin sheep, and a goat who was observed limping, a condition that he’s exhibited for a year. Many enclosures were in disrepair, lacked adequate shade, and or had standing water and mud, and one camel and her nursing baby had no access to drinking water.”

The Camel Farm was also cited in November 2017 for having 17 animals in need of hoof trims and the same limping male goat noted in the latest report.

Other violations of that inspection included, The Camel Farm dismissing a veterinarian’s recommendation that an underweight ibex be euthanized. Instead, she suffered for two weeks before being found dead.

In a post on its Facebook page yesterday, The Camel Farm curiously noted “Some people believe everything they read and some have the common sense not to. We’re not horrible people! But certain people are making us out to be.”

There was more to the post and it did not directly address the newest animal welfare complaint so it may or may not have been a response to the case at hand.

If it was, the photos, sadly, tell a different story.

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