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Prosecute Michael Hackenberger For Cruelty Against Animals

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This petition is in Attention to:
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

The Ontario OSPCA 

Michael Hackenberger is the owner and operator of the Ontario-based Bowmanville Zoo, which offers interactions with animal cubs, and has been notorious for his cruel and exploitive treatment of animals. If you live in the GTA, this animal abuser lives near you. 

Recently, Hackenberger was exposed by PETA for his cruel and disgusting treatment of a Siberian Tiger, which he is seen whipping viciously in a video recorded by one of its members. This is not the first time activists and the public have spoken out about Hackenberger's abusive tendencies. 

The same video shows Hackenberger swearing and cursing at the chained Tiger as another [ignorant] trainer attempts to control it. Like most animal abusers, Hackenberger has of course denied the allegations. 

CityNews reported that CAZA (Canadian Association for Zoos & Aquaria) will be investigating the matter amongst their Ethics Committee after seeing the video. However, there is no guarantee that this cruel, vile animal abuser will be punished to the full extent of the law, as he has been (for years) allowed to abuse, exploit and treat animals as though they are mere pieces of property. 

We ask that the Canadian Department of Justice intervene on this matter and work closely with organizations like PETA and CAZA to punish Michael Hackenberger to the fullest extent of the law. We are seeing a new Canada thanks to Trudeau's Government; let us not destroy the new progress by allowing animal cruelty, exploitation and abuse to ensue and remain rampant. 

Make an example of Hackenberger and let the Canadian government show its people how committed and dedicated it is to ensuring Canada is safe not only for its people, but for the animals and wildlife living here. That too goes for those captive animals which live under the threat and control of abusers like Hackenbgerger. Make Canada a country animal activists can be proud of again!

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