Urge Cheatham County to Pass Restrictive Provisions for Nashville Safari Park!
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Nashville Safari Park is a roadside zoo being proposed in Cheatham County, Tennessee under the guise of a jovial attraction. Nothing could be farther from the truth. All zoos are inherently cruel in their promotion of captivity and breeding, but roadside zoos take it even further. Many attractions like the proposed Safari Park offer patrons dangerous interaction with wildlife at a range of prices. Nashville Safari Park’s branding has already implied that there will be several wild cats, such as tigers. Visitors may have the opportunity to pay for photos with these babies that have been ripped from their mothers and live their lives in cages. All for a fee named by the roadside zoo. That isn't where the atrocities end. The owners of this park have 18 pages of USDA violations in the last eight years at their other location: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw-vaDEFDqlnblpKckJ6YmxZTzA/view
Roadside zoos, such as Nashville Safari Park, encourage rampant breeding of their animal commodities. This often has dangerous implications that stretch beyond the park. Animals escape or are released which leads to a multitude of consequences. Treating these animals as products means once they are beyond usefulness they are discarded, sometimes to other roadside zoos, canned hunting ranches where animals are killed for a fee, or often to unqualified and uncertified individuals with backyard menageries. Did you know an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 big cats live in heinous conditions such as these?
The ideal goal would be to prohibit this exploitative business, but as that is proving quite challenging, we can take other steps—such as passing this proposed ordinance: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw-vaDEFDqlnV3cwZmJrVjBrTkE/view?usp=drivesdk Licensing may not end all cruel treatment, but it’s a step taken that will hopefully protect both wildlife and human citizens from harm. The regulations outlined in the proposed ordinance are the bare minimum these animals deserve.
Some of the key points of the ordinance are:
• Provide sufficient evidence to Cheatham County Department of Animal Control of financial solvency and written contingency plan in the event that significant decreases in operating income should occur and for the safe relocation of the animals in the event of closure.
• Any breeding of animals is prohibited.
• Members of public will not be allowed to feed or otherwise come into contact with any animals at Nashville Safari Park.
• Proof of liability insurance in an amount of not less than $1 million.
• Must provide proof of licensed Veterinarian of Record.
• Written contingency plan to provide for the humane handling, recapture, treatment, transportation, housing, care, or destruction of animals in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Although we wish this exploitative park would not be built at all, passing this ordinance is the ideal first step in helping these animals and protecting our community. Please urge your local officials to take action by signing and sharing this petition, as well as calling and emailing them to voice your opposition of the Nashville Safari Park and your support for this ordinance.
David McCullough - County Mayor
Cheatham County Commissioners
Gary Binkley - 1st District
Phone: (615) 792-7082
Betty Ramsey - 1st District
Phone: (615) 792-3768
Ann Jarreau - 2nd District
Phone: (615) 746-5356
Tim Williamson - 2nd District
Dr. Connie Mayo - 3rd District
Phone: (615) 504-8347
Dale McCarver - 3rd District
Phone: (615) 746-6938
Donnie Jordan - 4th District
Phone: (615) 792-7170
Walter Weakley - 4th District
Phone: (615) 307-3409
Diana Pike-Lovell - 5th District
Phone: (615) 838-2217
Eugene Evans - 5th District
Phone: (615) 642-9656
Shanon Pickard - 6th District
Phone: (615) 636-4429
Jimmy Hedgepath - 6th District
Phone: (615) 952-9352
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