USDA Launches New Attempt to Revoke Tiger Petting Zoo License

According to USDA inspectors, Stark euthanized a young female leopard by beating it to death with a baseball bat. Another leopard, investigators said, escaped and killed a neighbor’s pets before the neighbor shot it. Stark also is accused of physically abusing young tigers that bit customers’ clothing during a “Tiger Baby Playtime” exhibit.

Bill to Regulate Indiana Animal Exhibitors and Dealers Dies in Committee

Federally-licensed exhibitors and dealers of dangerous animals in Indiana won’t be subject to additional state regulations.

A legislative proposal that would have required certain animal owners to apply for a state license and submit to annual inspections was voted down this week by Indiana’s Senate Natural Resources Committee. The proposal centered on owners of Class III animals, such as wolves, bears and big cats.