Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 10 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Search

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#134564 - 09/19/07 07:44 AM Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local zoo!!  
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 405
Tiasmom Offline
Member
Tiasmom  Offline
Member

Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 405
Alberta, Canada
You may remember the post I made, located here..

http://www.mytoos.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=129868#Post129868

...regarding my visit to a local roadside zoo, called Guzoo Animal Farm in Three Hills, Alberta, and the birds that are suffering there. Along with the birds, Guzoo is a prison to hundreds of mammals, including tigers, bears, lions, wolves, and monkeys.

I have a website dedicated to it. The Guzoo - Truth about Guzoo Animal Farm

I finally have some GOOD NEWS! I got a reply to a recent email I made to George Groeneveld, the Minister of Agriculture and Food of Alberta.

Quote:
Dear Ms. McDonald:

Thank you for your August 29, 2007 e-mail regarding the welfare of the animals at the Guzoo Animal Farm, in Three Hills, Alberta.

Amendments made to the Animal Protection Act (APA) in 2006 require all zoos in Alberta to comply with government standards. These standards, which have been in effect since April 1, 2006, provide guidance and direction for the upkeep of zoos beyond that found in legislation and zoo permit conditions. The Guzoo Animal Farm has been working with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, the provincial ministry that enforces the Wildlife Act, and the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which enforces the APA, to comply with zoo standards. Guzoo has since made improvements to its facility, including installation of setback barriers, automatic watering systems, additional enclosures, and fencing.

The ASPCA has responded to animal welfare complaints involving Guzoo in order to ensure compliance with the APA, and under this Act, charges have been laid against Guzoo’s owner. I cannot comment further, because this case is currently before the courts, and once a ruling has been made, future actions can be determined.


I understand your passion for animal welfare. Please know that the Government of Alberta and the province’s enforcement agencies take your concerns seriously. The ASPCA will continue to investigate complaints regarding this facility.

I appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with me

Sincerely,

George Groeneveld
Minister, Alberta Agriculture and Food
424 legislature building, 10800-97 Ave.
phone: 427-2137 fax 422-6035



Convictions could mean the closure of Guzoo. Finally, the law seems to be working for the benefit of the animals. The owner of Guzoo has been charged once under the APA in the past, and twice under the Wildlife Protection Act. I'm trying to get more information regarding this case.

#134565 - 09/19/07 08:38 AM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local zoo!! [Re: Tiasmom]  

**DONOTDELETE**
Unregistered
mom2beebop
Unregistered


AWESOME!!!!

#134576 - 09/19/07 03:01 PM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local zoo!! [Re: ]  
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,005
hellobaby Offline
Lives Here
hellobaby  Offline
Lives Here
*****

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,005
USA
That is GREAT progress!


If you must cripple a creature
to keep it, perhaps you should
reconsider its suitability as a pet.
#134581 - 09/19/07 03:46 PM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local zoo!! [Re: hellobaby]  
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,721
spinnyspoo Offline
Lives Here
spinnyspoo  Offline
Lives Here

Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,721
Western Canada
Way to go!!!! All your work was not in vain!


Wanna Bill? Wanna Bill?
-No Bill, I'm busy-
Dontcha wanna Bill? Dontcha wanna good boy?
#134611 - 09/19/07 06:51 PM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: spinnyspoo]  
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 495
Garnet Offline
Member
Garnet  Offline
Member

Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 495
Edmonton
Wow. Given that animal protection laws generally aren't that strong here, things must have been bad when the SPCA went out there. I bet when the summer season winds down, they let things get really nasty, since there will be fewer visitors. I wonder what the charges are for?

At any rate, lets hope things work out well for the animals. Good job!

Last edited by Garnet; 09/19/07 06:51 PM.
#134614 - 09/19/07 06:59 PM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: Garnet]  
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 727
Cassie's_girl Offline
Lives Here
Cassie's_girl  Offline
Lives Here
*****

Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 727
Wisconsin, USA
Tiasmom, I am so impressed with what you've accomplished, it goes to show what a difference one person can make. Good job!


~ Nikki

The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience. -Leo Tolstoy
#134616 - 09/19/07 07:01 PM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: Garnet]  
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,327
rockinseattle Offline
Lives Here
rockinseattle  Offline
Lives Here

Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,327
WOW!! that is amazing when the law is on the animals side for once.

Thank you for all of your efforts in getting this place noticed by the ASPCA.

I hope they can shut this zoo down permanently.

#134618 - 09/19/07 07:15 PM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: rockinseattle]  
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 973
Relle Offline
Lives Here
Relle  Offline
Lives Here

Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 973
Alberta, Canada
Tiasmom you are an angel! God Bless.

#134658 - 09/20/07 12:13 AM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: Relle]  
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 895
1wingwonder Offline
Lives Here
1wingwonder  Offline
Lives Here

Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 895
Minneapolis, Minnesota
I'm so glad you pursued this. After feeling so defeated last night stumbling across suffering Cockatoo UTUBE videos, I feel you've done a GREAT thing! It takes just one to stand up and start something, you're my hero to the north.

#134667 - 09/20/07 01:59 AM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: 1wingwonder]  
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 392
jaznblu Offline
Member
jaznblu  Offline
Member

Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 392
San Luis Obispo, CA
Job well done. You should be very proud. I am impressed that they actually pursued it.


jaz
#138958 - 10/14/07 07:46 PM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: jaznblu]  
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,542
Lucy's Mom Offline
Lives Here
Lucy's Mom  Offline
Lives Here

Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,542
Parrish, FL
Great Job!!!

Thanks from everyone!

Lucy (and her Mom, Karen)


Karen, Lucy (U2), BooBoo (CAG),Pina (BCC),Willie (Cockatiel),
Melody, Sonata, Penny & Dory(dogs)
#140093 - 10/21/07 06:33 AM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: Lucy's Mom]  
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 142
goliaths mom Offline
Member
goliaths mom  Offline
Member

Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 142
dunlap,tn
you go girl,that bird looked like a sweetie who deserves a real home, maybe now he'll get one

#140113 - 10/21/07 10:07 AM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: goliaths mom]  
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 679
Lene Offline
Lives Here
Lene  Offline
Lives Here

Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 679
Brisbane, Queensland, Australi...
Any news in this case?

Thanks
Lene


Cheers
Lene
#140176 - 10/21/07 10:34 PM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: jaznblu]  
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 405
Tiasmom Offline
Member
Tiasmom  Offline
Member

Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 405
Alberta, Canada
An activist from Calgary managed to find out the date of Gustafson's first court appearance, to hear the charges that have been laid against him. Gustafson was not in court and was represented by his lawyer. He has plead not guilty.

Quote:
Criminal CODE - CC 444 A – killing cattle

Injuring or endangering cattle

444. Every one who wilfully

(a) kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures cattle

is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

ANIMAL PROTECTION - AP 2 (1)

Prohibition against causing distress

2 (1) No person shall cause or permit an animal of which the person is the owner or the person in charge to be or to continue to be in distress.


There will be a preliminary inquiry on the criminal code matter at Court of Queen's Bench in Drumheller on December 5, 2007. Trial date will be June 4, 2008.

The judge expressed a sense of urgency due to the seriousness of the charges, and requested a quicker trial date. Defence replied that the offenses occurred almost a year ago and it took six months to lay the charges. It will take time to prepare as expert witnesses will be used on both sides and a prosecutor from Calgary will be used.

#140184 - 10/21/07 11:38 PM Re: Charges laid against owner of *Hell*, local z [Re: Tiasmom]  
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 142
goliaths mom Offline
Member
goliaths mom  Offline
Member

Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 142
dunlap,tn
hooray fpr the investidator and the judge hope they "hangem high"


Moderated by  BE2Cassie, Beeps, EchosMom, Janny 

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.041s Queries: 14 (0.015s) Memory: 5.0920 MB (Peak: 5.4742 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2018-05-23 08:54:20 UTC