Joe Schreibvogel’s Response To PETA’s Bogus Press Release

September 28, 2013 — WYNNEWOOD, OK

This morning, PETA sent an urgent letter to Dr. Robert Gibbens, Western regional director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) animal-care division, urging him not to renew the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license belonging to Joe Schreibvogel, which authorizes The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park (G.W. Zoo) to exhibit numerous animals – including more than 100 big cats — at a roadside menagerie located in Wynnewood.

First of all, Dr. Gibbens does not have the authority to do this. Only a judge can revoke a USDA License. A Menagerie? This is a full blown accredited zoo with many species of animals and also, one of the nicest zoo’s in the country.

Among PETA’s concerns are Schreibvogel’s long history of animal-care violations, the deaths of dozens of tigers and other animals, public endangerment, and his inability to care for the animals properly, in part because of his extensive debts, which amount to between $1 million and $10 million. Schreibvogel’s bankruptcy is currently pending.

The death of dozens of tigers and other animals? They get old, they die. Out of the 3000 plus animals rescued by Joe Schreibvogel over 15 years, some will die since they are rescued as adults and live out their natural life. For example, skunks only 5 years of age to tigers of 18-20 years. PETA killed 87% of the animals they got their hands on last year. Now why are they complaining about animals dying of natural causes?

Caring for animals in any form is better than putting them to death the minute they get their hands on them like PETA does. PETA pulls figures out of their own file cabinets, I have not spent 10 million dollars in my lifetime but boy would I like to. Where they get these figures is beyond me. Joe Schreibvogel waved his bankruptcy and if PETA stalked Joe properly they would know that since it is a matter of public record, he did not go through bankruptcy.

“This exhibitor has used his USDA exhibitor’s license to exploit and neglect animals to the point that they die by the dozens,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, Delcianna Winders. “Renewing his license would be tantamount to signing off on more animals’ death certificates.”

Now PETA, The HSUS, Big Cat Rescue and Born Free are petitioning the USDA to make it a law that you can not remove baby bears, big cats or primates from their mothers until natural weening age. Now tens of thousands of babies will die nationwide due to lack of nursing from mom, being laid on, weather elements, etc. Do you see a pattern here of lack of concern for saving animals?

Taking my license would only stop public funding which in turn would be devastating for the animals and cause more problems of lack of care, food, etc. If PETA is so concerned about the health of these animals why don’t they use some of those millions they get from people thinking they save dogs and cats instead of killing them and build Joe’s animals nicer cages and improve their lives instead of trying to cut funding for them completely, where is that going to help any of Joe’s animals?

AWA licensees must demonstrate compliance with the act prior to license renewal. But Schreibvogel is currently the subject of two USDA investigations involving possible AWA violations that resulted in the deaths of at least 23 tiger cubs over a seven-month period.

Most of the cubs were still born or their mothers laid on them and killed them. This was not at the hands of Joe pulling cubs from their mothers.

The following is just a sample of PETA’s case against renewing Schreibvogel’s license:

→ Despite Schreibvogel’s inability to care for the animals he currently has, he continues to breed and acquire additional animals.

→ G.W. Zoo has repeatedly been cited after members of the public, including children, were injured by animals.

Never has Joe been cited for injuries to anyone and this is all public record. Evidence can be found by inspecting reports on the USDA website.

→ Because G.W. Zoo cannot afford to provide animals with sufficient food, workers were reportedly asked to search pastures for dead cows to feed to them.

This is a flat-out lie, the park throws away nearly 30,000 pounds of meat and produce away every week, due to having too much food to use and store.

My question to PETA and Ingrid Newkirk is – Why is it the facilities, like the one in Tampa Florida, not on her hit list? Twice the animals die there and there have been documented injuries such as a women with 400 plus stitches to save her arm. Why are these facilities not being harassed? Oh ya, its because they donate to PETA for protection against things like this press release.

USZA Press Conference on Massacre in Zansville, Ohio

Joe Schreibvogel, president of the United States Zoological Association, tells reporters that he believes Terry Thompson, the owner of the exotic animals in the Zanesville incident, did not commit suicide but was murdered as part of a conspiracy to implement a ban on the private ownership of wild animals in the state.

Joe Schreibvogel, president of the United States Zoological Association, tells reporters that he believes Terry Thompson, the owner of the exotic animals in the Zanesville incident, did not commit suicide but was murdered as part of a conspiracy to implement a ban on the private ownership of wild animals in the state.

Read the Testimony from the Hearing Below

Read the Testimony From the Hearing Below

Thank you for the opportunity to speak before you today. My name is Joe Schreibvogel and I am here today representing the United States Zoological Association, its members who own and love their animals, and the citizens of Ohio who deserve a fair and safe law that will protect their rights, their animals and the public all in the same manor. I am speaking before you as the President of the USZA and I am opposed to SB310 as it is unfair, illegal and you are about to create a law not by intelligence, but out of a panic from the tragedy in Zanesville, which I believe was set up to do just that: Create a panic.

A little about myself, I was a police chief at the age of 19 years old. I have been in the exotic animal industry for over 30 years, and I currently run the world’s largest accredited refuge open to the public, housing over 170 tigers and lions within the State of Oklahoma, and my facility and staff are Oklahoma’s Emergency Management Service animal response team.

I am here today speaking before you as a professional in this industry with nothing more in mind other than to explain to you that the bill you are proposing is only going to get more people killed, create either stand offs between law enforcement and pet owners, or put dangerous animals in the hands of unqualified people. Neither will reflect a good light on the State of Ohio and the elected officials who make this happen.

You who sit before me today are just that, elected officials who are voted in and sworn to uphold the constitution of the State of Ohio and the United States of America, by these very people whose rights you are about to take away by creating the largest multi-million dollar illegal monopoly this country has ever seen.

Attached is Exhibit One (1), which is a spreadsheet tying all interested parties together who want this law pushed through only to gain control of the animal industry and strip the citizens of Ohio of their animals and their livelihood.

Attached Exhibit Two (2) is a 20- and 25- year plan by one of the largest financial backers who clearly states and shows that they have had this plan in action for some years now.

Attached is Exhibit Three (3), which will show you the most dangerous smoke screen you, as the lawmakers who should be seeing through things like this to protect the citizens of your state, should see: The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).

Having only been in existence since 2007, the GFAS is using a smokescreen of just two words: Verified and Accredited. GFAS “Verified” means they are NOT accredited by GFAS, but instead accredited by another organization. And, they hope you don’t see past that fact, making it look like they are worldwide and that they are professionals in this area of exotic animal expertise. GFAS “Accredited” means they are accredited by the GFAS, which on Exhibit Four (4) means you are about to hand over some of the world’s most dangerous animals to HORSE PEOPLE. Now that is not fixing a problem — that is asking for a disaster. And when it happens, we will be here to make sure you take the credit for it.

The way you have the proposed law right now allows anyone fitting the “description” of a sanctuary who is in the private club of the HSUS, Tippi Hedren, and Carole Baskin will not have to be inspected, trained, or have emergency plans by anyone except themselves. Clearly, the attached evidence I have provided you today proves it is not a plan to protect the animals, but a business plan to make millions off you and the people of this state you are unfairly representing.

As a State official, you cannot force anyone to join a private nonprofit organization to monopolize an industry or exempt them from a criminal law. If you enact a law and post a speed limit that is punishable by a criminal fine or imprisonment you cannot exempt anyone from breaking that law by forcing them to join a private club. It is simply illegal.

The snakes, cats, and primates you have included in this proposed bill are simply not big enough or dangerous enough to even warrant being on this bill. You are being misled by animal rights’ groups who just want animals kept away from humans. This includes you, your dog, pet horse, and so on. And, once you fall into their arms, they will come at you next year for your livestock and farm animals, as they have in many states.

I, as a professional who knows tigers better than anyone in this building right now, plead with you to do the right thing, and that is to kill this bill and let’s start over. Do not create something that is only going to kill more people. We all agree that there needs to be regulations and there needs to be responsible owners. That is no argument with anyone. But please take the time and do it right with the people who handle these animals for a living.

The Feline Conservation Federation, which has been in the professional industry since the 1950’s and includes the world’s leading experts, would be a great place to start for advice on how to take care of your big cat complaint. Reach out to organizations such as the Simian Society Association, the largest and oldest organization that deals with primates.

With regard to zoos and sanctuaries, take information and education from states such as Florida. Require all sanctuaries to be USDA licensed and to abide by the Animal Welfare Act, and let the United States Government’s inspectors do their job; require all zoos and sanctuaries to be inspected on a regular basis, have emergency protocols, diet plans, vet protocols, and the proper training for the species they accept.

Exempting any sanctuary or zoo by a private organization is not going to benefit the State of Ohio. Let’s say they don’t keep their standards up to the private groups’ requirements. All the accrediting organization will have the power to do is kick them out of the group, even if they’re lucky enough to pay their way in, your problem is still there. On the other hand, the USDA has the legal power to take them to court and punish them with a civil penalty. And, the USDA has to pay the legal cost, not the state of Ohio.

As far as private owners are concerned, this bill is clearly against them and violates their constitutional rights to own and keep their property (animals). None of the exempting organizations you have included in this proposed bill accepts private owners into their “clubs”. Furthermore, the insurance requirements you propose will allow insurance companies to price gouge, and more than 1/3 of the animals on your list should not even be included, such as servals, savannah cats, ball pythons, capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, and many, many more.

As an expert and a professional in this industry, I see that you have very limited choices as this bill stands, so I ask you:

→ Kill this bill as it is today and seek industry advice from organizations such as the ones I have given you, and make our Government, the USDA, do their jobs.

→ Pass this bill as it is and cause many more people to be severely injured or killed by handing animals over to unqualified people, and have the blood on your hands for rushing into such a bill out of fear, peer pressure, or campaign contributions. (See Exhibit Five (5) and prepare for the lawsuits we are prepared to file once you create this illegal monopoly.)

→ Remove all exemptions from SB310 that protects a private “club” member from criminal law and put the power in the hands of the State Department and the United States Department of Agriculture, which are both government agencies allowed to issue permits and exemptions, but are not private organizations.

I thank you for your time.

If We Are Going to Win, We Must Work Together

The USZA is working hard to get organizations working together to fight the animal rights people and stop their agenda of taking our rights away. The USZA would incourage you to join the following orginazations inorder to further unite as one.

Feline Conservation Federation VISIT WEBSITE
Simian Society VISIT WEBSITE
The Rare Species Fund VISIT WEBSITE

Working together we can send alerts in the matter of minutes to lawmakers Nation Wide using our new programs. This could make the difference between you keeping your rights to have animals and your business.

New USDA Requirements on Big Cat Caging

First of all the USDA has not made it a rule that you have to raise your cages to any height. If your cat was to escape or get out you would than be in violation of not containing your big cat.

There is talk within the USDA that there will be a new requirement coming but as of now they can not write you up for non-compliance unless you have an escape.

It would be a very good idea to start the following to prepare for the new requirements if the rule changes.

→ List all of your enclosed cages vs open top.
→ How tall the open top cages are and if they have a 45 degree top and how long it is?
→ How old each big cat is that is in the cage?
→ Does it have all four legs and able to climb?
→ Does it have claws or been declawed?
→ How big are the holes in your fence openings, such as 6″x6″ or 4″x4″ and such?

This will make your life much easier to file for a variance to prevent you from having to change every cage.

The Out Reach Program is Moving to Panama!

Part of our mission is to educate, reach out to others and help them become the professionals they want to be. Help us raise $1500.00 toward our teach a vet program. Bringing in a vet from Panama for 2 weeks into the United States so he can learn hands on from other vets and professionals about how to properly care for exotics in his own country. He will than be able to return to Panama and use his knowledge to help others in his country care for Exotic Animals.

If you care to help make our outreach programs please make a donation to the USZA and mark it outreach. Mail to 25803 N County Rd Wynnewood Oklahoma 73098.

End of The Year Accreditation Program is Underway
→ Private Owner $100 App Fee END OF YEAR SPECIALS!!!
→ $50 Special
→ Breeder $300 App Fee
→ $150 Special
→ Commercial (open to the public or closed)
This includes zoos, sanctuaries, brokers and exhibitors
$300 App Fee  → $150 Special
→ Accreditation Signs (first set is free)  $100 per set
Signs are 12″ x 24″ but can be ordered larger, pricing varies