Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Why Word Sanctuary in Title Doesn’t Always Mean it’s Not Abusing Animals: Felony Charges Against Amarillo Wildlife Refuge for Wildlife Trafficking

Why the Word Sanctuary in a Title Doesn’t Necessarily Mean it’s Not Abusing Animals: Felony Charges Filed Against Amarillo Wildlife Refuge for Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

Two things to note here:

One, never just trust a group that says they’re a sanctuary. You need to investigate before giving them money or support.

Two, once again the government doesn’t do it’s job with regulation. Under the watch of the USDA, this scum organization was allowed to engage in illegal wildlife trafficking. Here is a quote from the article below:

“Amarillo Wildlife Refuge (AWR) is anything but a refuge. It is just one of many exhibitors licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that operates with token oversight by the USDA where chimpanzees, capuchins, gibbons, spider monkeys, tigers, parrots, rabbits, and other animals have been repeatedly subjected to inadequate conditions and where the minimal standards of the federal Animal Welfare Act have been often ignored. AWR is owned by Carmel "Charlie" Azzopardi.”

The article also contains undercover video footage.

Article:

Felony Charges Filed Against Amarillo Wildlife Refuge for Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

http://www.peta.org/feat/awr/default.asp


UPDATE: On January 18, 2006, Charles Azzopardi, owner of the Amarillo Wildlife Refuge (AWR), was indicted by a federal grand jury on three felony counts and one misdemeanor count of illegal trafficking of endangered animals, including clouded leopards and tigers.

Instead of providing sanctuary to animals, Azzopardi regards the animals at AWR as nothing more than commodities to be bought, sold, borrowed, and traded. In fact, Azzopardi regularly advertises animals for sale in The Animal Finders’ Guide, a trade magazine for the exotic animal industry.

Find out how you can help ensure that Azzopardi is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Amarillo Wildlife Refuge (AWR) is anything but a refuge. It is just one of many exhibitors licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that operates with token oversight by the USDA where chimpanzees, capuchins, gibbons, spider monkeys, tigers, parrots, rabbits, and other animals have been repeatedly subjected to inadequate conditions and where the minimal standards of the federal Animal Welfare Act have been often ignored. AWR is owned by Carmel "Charlie" Azzopardi.

Azzopardi claims to operate a refuge for rescued animals, but he actually operates within the shabby and often shady world of animal brokers and the cruel animal-training business. He trades and sells exotic animals and adds to the problem of big-cat overpopulation and private ownership of exotic animals by breeding more babies. He uses those young animals in dangerous public photo shoots that various businesses, including the Westgate Mall in Amarillo, allow him to set up on their property. A PETA investigator volunteered and worked at AWR from June until August 2003 and visited the facility numerous times thereafter. She documented the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the wild animals imprisoned within AWR as well as the wretched conditions in which they were forced to live and die. The animals at AWR were often denied the most basic necessities: wholesome and ample food, water, veterinary care, and clean cages.

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