The Animal Legal Defense Fund, PETA, and two residents of Cumberland County, North Carolina, appalled at the living conditions that they've witnessed for Ben and other animals at Jambbas Ranch have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture challenging its decision to renew Jambbas' federal Animal Welfare Act license.
The USDA has for years repeatedly cited Jambbas for AWA violations, including unsanitary conditions, hazardous enclosures, failure to provide adequate veterinary care, and failure to supply sufficient quantities of food and potable water. Yet the agency has continued to renew Jambbas' license, despite the fact that the AWA clearly prohibits the licensing of a facility that is not in compliance with the Act.
Numerous bear experts have already submitted statements to the USDA in opposition to renewing Jambbas' license. After spending several hours observing Ben, bear expert Else Poulsen noted that Ben "is suffering greatly and intervention is critical at this time." Other animals being exhibited at Jambbas, including goats, cows, pigs, rabbits, sheep, bison, elk, deer, dogs, and others, are kept in inhumane conditions and have been documented suffering from untreated veterinary ailments and engaging in abnormal behaviors indicative of psychological anguish.
Sign ALDF's petition to the USDA, urging them not to renew the Animal Welfare Act license of Jambbas Ranch.
*Photo is courtesy of PETA