Urge Santa's Enchanted Forest to drop animal shows!
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Please sign to urge Santa’s Enchanted Forest to END cruel live animal acts at their annual events! Santa's Enchanted Forest is a popular Miami holiday attraction featuring light displays, carnival type rides and food. Unfortunately they also host pony rides, a sea lion show, pig racing and a petting zoo. Though we don’t believe any animal belongs in this loud, chaotic carnival atmosphere, we are especially concerned for the sea lions and ponies on display at Santa’s.
This petition has been updated as we now have the names of the animal exhibitors and disturbing new info.
The performing sea lions are owned by Marco Peters of Squalus, Inc., a former circus trainer. He used to exhibit sharks and had no prior experience with sea lions before starting his current business. They have a disturbing history of Animal Welfare Act violations (including sea lions escaping the stage area, caretakers covered in bite wounds from the animals, and keeping the sea lions in municipal water instead of saltwater, causing painful eye problems). The USDA has been inspecting them once a month for the past year, which shows you how concerned they are. One of the inspection reports noted that "the current caretakers have not been adequately trained and supervised to maintain the professionally acceptable level of husbandry practices required by USDA."
The ponies at Santa’s are owned by Show-Me Safari and are chained to a “hot-walker” which forces them to walk in circles for hours on end. We have documented the ponies chained to this device, forced to walk in circles, for 6-7 hours straight, with no access to food or water, MULTIPLE times. We notified Santa’s park director Buddy Cormican and the exhibitor herself, in person, and no action was taken to limit rides or give the ponies a rest. According to Santa’s own statements the ponies are only supposed to work two hours per night, which is not the case. In 2014 Show-Me Safari was issued a direct violation by the USDA for failing to provide care to a camel in their care that had multiple cuts that left it's left swollen and susceptible to infections.
Santa’s claims to have a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse but this is clearly not true. Please continue to comment on Santa’s Facebook, Yelp and TripAdvisor pages asking them to end this cruelty.
You can also email them via the contact form on their website: http://www.santasenchantedforest.com/Contact.php
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