often live in filthy and dilapidated
enclosures, Stabled or are Chained in one position for the majority of
day or after their services are over for that day. Animals have no
chance to move, let alone express their full range of
natural behaviors or to socialize with other members of their species.
Circus animals and zoo animals are also not socialized just worked many
DEW Haven breeds their animals, takes the babies from their mothers, and
exploits them for profit.The conditions at DEW are horrible: rotting
carcasses, inadequate fencing, and dismal cages. There have been numerous complaints filed as a result.
Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is required to oversee the
wildlife at DEW and has failed in their duties to protect these animals.
instance, in 2014 people paid $50 to feed weeks old tiger cubs, a clear
violation of their exhibit permit and they were simply told to stop!
However, DEW still lets people come personally to their house and pet
cubs, as proven by people's personal photos shared every day.
and Julie Miner owners of DEW, take infant exotic animals and carry
them around town and into public establishments, which is clearly
against the law. In 2002 animals were seized and egregious conditions
were photographed and documented by a whistleblower, an example in the
photo with this petition. Despite these offenses DEW remained
operational. If Maine IF&W had done their job, DEW would have ceased
to operate and many animals would have been saved from suffering and