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Animal Cruelty disguised as education and entertainment

The Clackamas County Fair features an Exotic animal exhibit from a business known unofficially at local fairs as "A Walk On the Wild Side." This animal prison features jungle cats, lions, tigers, and their cubs being kept for days in small cages. The babies are used for pictures with fair-goers to make a profit.
Lion biting through zip-ties
Lion biting through zip-ties
Cheryl Jones
Cheryl Jones
The cost of cruelty
The cost of cruelty
After witnessing this appalling scene today with fellow animal rights activists we could not stand by and allow this disgusting situation to continue. Cheetahs, lynxes, and tigers were kept in cages the size of dog kennels and were constantly pacing back and forth. We documented on camera the conditions there and witnessed an adult female lion obviously attempting to escape by biting the zip-ties binding her cage together. After she had very intelligently broken a few of them, the chains and padlock was all that restrained her. We confronted Cheryl Jones and Steve Higgs ("A Walk on the Wild Side" proprietors) with questions about the living conditions of the animals and the only answer they could give was attempting to shout us down and threats of calling 911. Cheryl Jones then struck me and could only respond to us by calling us "PETA lovers" and claiming they were "educating children about animals." When Canby police arrived Cheryl and Steve demanded we be arrested. Canby police politely upheld our first amendment rights, however we cannot allow this brutality to continue. "A Walk on The Wild Side" displays these animals across the state and will be at the Clackamas County Fair again tomorrow. Please join us in standing up for the animals they are imprisoning. Their front office address is 294 NW 2nd Ave Suite #329 Canby, OR 97013, (503) 737-4917 however the animals are kept at an unknown location in the Canby area. Please tell the Clackamas County Fair as well that animal cruelty is not welcome: (503) 266-1136.