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WYNNEWOOD, OK, September 13, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- After a long battle with the United States Department of Agriculture and the City of Riverview Wisconsin, the Lakewood Zoo had to call it quits and close their doors. What did this mean to the animals of Lakewood? They all had to be moved and find somewhere else to live.
Time and time again we have seen this happen with changing laws and animal rights organizations causing problems for private owners, zoos and sanctuaries. "Changing laws is the easy part", said Joe Schreibvogel, President of the USZA. "Finding homes and the money to transport is the biggest problem, but lawmakers don't take that into consideration when changing a law or, in this case, making an ordinance. "Where is, Wayne Pacelle, and the Humane Society, with their checkbook to help these animals in need?" Joe asked. Nowhere, it's up to us, once again, to step up and help the animals and the former owners.
Team USZA rallied together to raise the nearly $2,000.00 it took to transport these four tigers from Wisconsin back to the Oklahoma refuge for exotic animals. The G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood Oklahoma, the world's largest accredited facility for big cats, stepped up with the vehicles and equipment to make the trip and bring the cats to safety.
This re-home is one of the best the USZA has ever done in heart, as one of the white Bengal tigers is special to a supporter of the USZA, Barbara Hoffman. Angel, a 9-year-old white Bengal tiger, use to be hers before having trouble with the county she lived in herself resulting in her having to place the tiger in a sanctuary. Now it is time for him to move once again. With the G.W. Exotic Animal Park 1,100 miles closer to the Hoffman residence, Barbara will now be able to go visit and see Angel more often, leaving the tiger with the glow in his eyes he once had from seeing his mom once again.
There were 3 other tigers lucky enough to be transported in this re-home, one white female Bengal Tiger and 2 standard Bengal Tigers. The re-home will be part of a half hour show scheduled to be aired 50 times in 41 million households showing the world what we have to do in order to save the tigers of our planet. If you would like to follow their story, find us on Facebook on the Team USZA page, or if you'd like to help save the tigers please donate or join the USZA today.
The United States Zoological Association is devoted to helping responsible owners with their animals. Whether wild, exotic, domestic or farm animals, we'll help fight for your rights to keep them and stand against the proposed ban laws sweeping the country. If you're a responsible animal owner, then the USZA is the place to be. Become a member of the USZA at www.usza.us.
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