2015-08-28 / Community

Protestors to gather in city

On Saturday, Aug. 29, animal advocates will hold a peaceful protest in South Portland outside the offices of Lone Wolf Media, producers of “Yankee Jungle,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The TV program, which airs on Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet, focuses on DEW Haven, a roadside zoo in Mt. Vernon, run by Robert and Julie Miner.

Protest organizer Kristina Snyder said the program’s sympathetic portrayal of the Miners and the zoo as an animal rescue operation and sanctuary masks its contribution to the crisis of exotic animal proliferation and abuse across the U.S.

Breeding is the problem.

Destined for a life in captivity, or sold for body parts.

Where do the cubs used in this way end up once they are too large or dangerous for exhibitors to make money? Susan Bass of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, says, “They are often sold to private owners or roadside zoos, and the tigers may be killed to supply the illegal trade in body parts. Cubs bred and born in this country often spend their entire lives in tiny, cement-floored cages in deplorable conditions. Big Cat Rescue urges the producers of “Yankee Jungle” and Animal Planet to stop promoting and airing the clearly exploitative actions of DEW Haven.”

Protesters are invited to gather at 11 a.m. in front of the offices of Lone Wolf Media, 10 Cottage Road, South Portland.

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