Following the release of the controversial behind-the-scenes video of his zoo cages and animals, the owner of Guzoo, the beleaguered animal farm in Alberta, has said that people who ‘broke into’ his property were nothing but terrorists.
Last weekend, a secretly recorded video by an unknown person was uploaded on YouTube which went viral and garnered a lot of criticism. The controversial footage shows graphic pictures of dirty cages, maggots in a feeding bowl and dead animals at Guzoo. You can watch it in the video below:
And this is not the first time such sort of scandal has been associated with the Alberta animal farm. In fact, Guzoo has been the focus of animal abuse cases ever since it opened in 1990. In March 2011, someone posted pictures of a goat with its face covered in blood on Facebook which reignited abuse debate all over again. The Alberta government ordered the facility to close down in the same year over concerns about animal care, but the decision was reversed later.
The owner of the zoo, Lynn Gustafson, instead of addressing the leaked footage has filed a trespassing complaint with Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). According to Gustafson, “Domestic terrorists is what they are. The government has six months to do something about this group … or I will shut my gates to the public. It will be for my family and my friends.”
News reports and past official Guzoo blogposts suggest that the owner is putting the blame on animal rights group ‘Concerned Albertans for Animal Welfare and Public Safety’ (CCAAWPS). They posted still photographs of Guzoo on its Facebook page along with a link to the controversial video.
Earlier in May, Guzoo wrote on its official blog, “CCAAWPS (a terrorist animal rights group) maintain they employ only peaceful tactics when vocalizing their opinions and executing their strategies, however it was this group who launched a hate campaign in 2011 targeting the Gustafson family which resulted in over 3000 hate mails and phone calls and 500 criminally legitimate death threats.”
While the RCMP is looking into the trespassing case, it remains to be seen whether the secretly recorded video will be investigated or not.