(ANIMAL WELFARE) Since reporting on the exploitation of tiger cubs throughout American shopping malls and the associated death of 23 tiger cubs, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently published findings from their very own undercover investigation in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Shockingly, during the four month investigation at Joe Schreibvogel’s G.W. Exotic Animal Park, another five tigers died. Not only do these findings correspond with Schreibvogel’s long history of negligence, but the investigation also suggests that Schreibvogel may be the largest private owner of tigers in the nation, housing as many as 200 tigers and more than 1,000 other species. Read on to learn more about Schreibvogel’s corrupt pseudo-sanctuary and how the HSUS is seeking swift action to address these problems. Don’t forget to sign the petition in support of banning ownership of big cats. — Global Animal
A caged baby tiger at the Centerpoint Mall in Kentwood, Michigan in July 2011. Photo Credit: Mogle/kentwood.wzzm13.com

HSUS, Wayne Pacelle

With the Congress and the state of Ohio considering bills to restrict private ownership of dangerous exotic animals, CBS This Morning broke news of another HSUS undercover investigation―this one focusing on perhaps the largest private owner of tigers in the nation, GW Exotic Animal Park in central Oklahoma. The facility may have as many as 200 tigers, and according to its owner, it has more than 1,000 other animals.

It is not a professionally run facility, it operates without legitimate accreditation or the necessary technical staff, and broadly speaking, it is a facility that could spawn a terrible tragedy―for the animals and the residents of the surrounding community. It is a mix of a roadside menagerie and a petting zoo, masquerading as a rescue operation and a conservation center. If something goes wrong here, it could be five times worse than what happened last fall in Zanesville, Ohio.

Our undercover investigation found the breeding of tigers, sale of tigers to substandard facilities, dangerous interactions between children and juvenile tigers, and a range of other suspect and potentially illegal practices. The HSUS filed complaints with an array of federal and state authorities seeking swift action to address these problems, and called for strengthening the laws dealing with dangerous exotic wildlife.

While GW Exotics bills itself as providing homes for “abandoned, misplaced and abused animals,” it’s currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the deaths of 23 tiger cubs from 2009-2010. And its owner, Joe Schreibvogel, continues to breed tigers as well as controversial hybrids. Staff reported that once some tiger cubs outgrew their usefulness to the park, Schreibvogel had “donated” them to other facilities in exchange for donations to GW Exotics. During our investigation, five tigers died.

Just weeks ago, Schreibvogel went to Ohio to oppose legislation to restrict private ownership of dangerous exotics and he had a lot of provocative things to say. He made wild claims about how animal advocates supposedly killed Terry Thompson and then released his animals in order to drive more public attention to efforts to ban private ownership of dangerous exotic animals.

And today on CBS, Schreibvogel charged that The HSUS manufactured an incident where a child was knocked down and scratched by a juvenile tiger at GW Exotics. He also openly threatened that if anyone tries to take his animals, then it would be another Waco―referring to the fire and mass killing that

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occurred after federal authorities tried to raid the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas, 19 years ago.

Congress is considering legislation to ban breeding of big cats for private ownership (H.R. 4122), ban imports and interstate transports of nine species of large constricting snakes (H.R. 511), and to ban the interstate transport of primates as pets (H.R. 4306 and S. 1324). The HSUS is backing all of these measures on the basis of animal welfare, public safety, and fiscal prudence.

If we don’t have policies to address these problems, our nation will continue to deal with the consequences of reckless animal owners without the commitment, expertise or resources to provide lifetime care for these animals. The network of hundreds of big cat sanctuaries and other wild animal sanctuaries speak to the failures of so many private animal owners. Every year, it all adds up to tens of millions in costs to the animal movement.

P.S. Tonight, ABC’s Nightline is scheduled to release video from another HSUS investigation into horse soring. Stay tuned for what promises to be a shocking exposé of appalling and inhumane practices in the world of Tennessee walking horses and horse shows.

More HSUS: http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2012/05/gw-exotic-investigation.html




  1. Its time to wake up people and recognize that the goals of HSUS is to abolish all companion animals and exotics. Now where does that leave animals. It means the end of all domestic species. As for the exotics it will mean their extinction as well. Many people who own exotics and breed them are doing so to hold a broader gene pool. Why do we need a larger gene pool for tigers, lions, bears, panthers, and all species of apes is because the wild animals are losing ground. There are more tigers in China and in private hands in this country than in the wild. We have been using the animal rights hands off rules on tigers and it has caused the slow spiral downward in their numbers to the breaking point. The only species that we have been able to bring back is the American buffalo in the US and Canada. Simply because we made them part of the food chain and valuable to human beings. No one wants to eat a tiger ,but by making them valuable to the people in the area they to will protect them. If we make laws against keeping exotics in this country you will have mass killings and lose the largest population of the great cat species. The animal rights fanatics are literally insane since they do not eat meat they suffer from a severe lack of active VB12 which only comes from meat. The result is irrational thinking and overly emotional responses to issues. These people are a danger to all human beings and animals as they do not think about the consequences of their actions. In every case that they raid more animals are killed. Its clear that the man in Ohio was murdered and someone came in and cut the wire on the cages to the animals. No one who is right handed can shoot himself in the mouth and have the bullet come out the wrong side of the head and throw the gun 17 feet away from the body after dying. Why this is not being investigated is only because the gun had police bullets in it. Every time HSUS wants to push more laws against keeping animals they raid some pet owner, or family breeding business. They call everything abuse. Keeping a dog that is old with bad teeth is abuse even if they would die under the anesthetic required to clean the teeth. The public doesn’t know that sows roll on and squash their babies without a gestation or farrowing crate. They don’t know or remember the buckets of dead piglets farmers had to carry out each morning. These crates also keep the pigs from fighting each other which is their normal activity. These people do not realize that we need animals and they need us to survive in this world. Nature does not care about the individual only the species as a whole. Anyone who is a strict no meat vegan should be suspect because sooner or later that will no longer be able to think rationally. That should be apparent in the fact that they equate or put animals above the care of their own children and yours.

  2. Since when is the HSUS a police agency with police powers? What gives them any right at all to “investigate” or “crack down” on anything?
    Folks, wise up: WAYNE PACELLE has stated on at least one occasion that the HSUS would be perfectly fine with the “extinction of companion animals”.
    I say, let “big brother” stay out of people’s business and their constitutional rights to make a living, or breed anything, or own anything….

  3. Sounds like ‘Big Brother’ at work to me! Sure, perhaps rules and regulations governing exotic animal ownership of animals that absolutely do not belong in the private sector; animal species with a reputation for being dangerous or lethal. To group all exotic animals into one category is the lazy man’s out and too imposing on people, in general. Where is the line going to be drawn between our rights as citizens in the United States and the Government dictating our every whim with consequences? Not fair; and, I don’t like it at all; and, neither should you. If people do not unite and take a stand to protect themselves against Government enactments, we, the people of the United States will eventually become victims of a dictatorship, our Government. The Government cannot even control themselves; so, why allow them to get into our business? I feel the same way about State Governments. We are allowing the Governments to herd us around like sheep, and doing nothing to stop their interference in our rights as citizens in what is suppose to be a free Country. Agreed and accepted, regulations of animals that plainly do not belong in a private home should be scrutinized; but again, to lump all exotic species under one big umbrella is just plain stupid! All the Government is doing is making its’ citizens go underground to get away from its’ control, because if someone wants an illegal pet, they’re going to do whatever it takes to have what they want. There has to be a compromise between the entities of you and me. Use your brains people! Fight for your rights.