CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (November 21, 2015) — Inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found abuse of animals and unsafe conditions for visitors at a southern Indiana wildlife facility.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports the nonprofit Wildlife in Need in Charlestown is known for its fundraisers where people play with young tiger cubs. An inspection at one such event in September found the cubs had no collars or leashes and were swatted with a short whip if they tried to bite.
Another inspection of the facility in October found animals were kept in unsanitary conditions.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had asked the USDA to inspect the facility. PETA official Brittany Peet says the facility should be shut down.
The nonprofit’s owner, Tim Stark, tells WAVE-TV that he loves his animals and hasn’t done anything wrong.