Sign the Petition to USDA Department of Agriculture

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Roadside zoos run the gamut from small menageries where animals are kept in barren cages constructed of concrete and metal bars to larger compounds that are surrounded by chain-link fencing. They are usually privately owned and not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The focus is on amusing customers rather than meeting the animals' needs.[1]

Outside of the small village of Monroe, Nebraska is the Horn T Zoo. The zoo houses around 35 exotic species, including yak, wildebeests, zebra, an alligator, a coatimundi, and a spider monkey, to just name a few. All of these animals are kept on in or near 72 feet by 100 feet barn on the 40-acre ranch.[2]

The animals are kept in cages instead of realistic native habitats for each species. What's more, on June 29, 2013, one of the animals, a yak, escaped and was hit by a car.

Animals, like these kept in this Roadside Zoo, deserve better. They deserve freedom, respect, and more than to be just kept in a cage while spectators stare at them.

[1]Read more: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/zoos-pseudo-sanctuaries/roadside-zoos-backyard-menageries/#ixzz2lbSd5smX

[2] Read more: http://columbustelegram.com/news/local/monroe-ranch-has-about-exotic-specimens/article_f66232ae-f412-11e0-b656-001cc4c002e0.html

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