Oklahoma Exotic Animal Park Under Investigation [VIDEO]
An Oklahoma exotic animal park near OKC is under investigation by the Humane Society of the United States and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for alleged abuse, neglect and violations of the 'Animal Welfare Act'.
G.W. Exotic Animal Park is located 65 miles South of Oklahoma City, OK. It's owner and primary operator Joe Schreibvogel denies all the allegations and states that the Human Society wants to bankrupt him.
The park is home to several different species of exotic cats including tigers, lions, panthers and leopards as well as other exotic animals. Recently the Human Society sent someone undercover to work at the park and to collect any evidence concerning animal abuse and other violations. During the investigation they filmed park patrons, including children handling exotic cats or in the enclosed area where these cats were housed. According to the Human Society six separate incidents occurred where a tiger cub either bit or scratched a visitor.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating the park on separate issues that center around the deaths of 23 tiger cubs that happened between 2009 and 2010 as well as other 'Animal Welfare Act' violations that may have occurred. This will be the fourth time the Oklahoma park has been the subject of investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Back in 2006 they were fined $25,000 and had their exhibitors license suspended for two weeks.