Stop the Petting Zoo & Pony Rides at Cornucopia Festival and other Flagstaff events.

Stop the Petting Zoo & Pony Rides at Cornucopia Festival and other Flagstaff events.

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Mariah Ahrend started this petition to Mayor Coral Evans and

The Cornucopia Festival was this last weekend in Flagstaff and it is by far my favorite festival of the year. This time however, my heart hurt for the ponies and the animals in the petting zoo. The condition of the animals seemed much worse than years prior. The ponies were visibly tired and sad, while 2 of them seemed to be limping a little bit.  I was there for over 6 hours and did not see them get a break once. The petting zoo is a TINY area where the goats, sheep, chickens, a pig, and one terrified duck were all crammed in while kids chased them around in circles. I went in and sat with the duck who was shaking uncontrollably and tried to calm him (or her) down, only to watch a toddler chase it around the second I left. I believe petting zoos and such things are ok if they are in the same location all the time and the animals are treated with respect and well taken care of, such as places like The Deer Farm near Williams, AZ.  But this venue and others like it are clearly not the place to have these animals, especially in such tiny and unhealthy conditions. I feel the noise of the rides was also an unsettling disturbance for the animals.  I’ve been a member of the Flagstaff community for almost 3 years now, not long I know, but I feel that Flagstaff is a very progressive town and allowing these animals to be in these types of venues is an outdated “attraction”. We all love seeing our toddlers pet goats and ride on ponies, but there are so many other places one can go that are non-traveling to do those types of things. The kids would be just as happy at Cornucopia Festival with the absence of animals and maybe add an extra ride or two. Please join me in trying to get the word out there that Flagstaff does not agree with having these animals in these types of venues. If we can set an example in our lovely community perhaps it will spread to other cities as well. Be the voice for the animals that don’t have a say. Thank you very much. ❤️

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