Calls are getting louder for the closure of a small zoo in Piscataway and the secure relocation of the animals that reside there.
Johnson Park Animal Haven homes frequent livestock in addition to some extra unique species like emu, alpacas, pheasant and a mini-horse. They can be found so that you can go to and feed. Animal Haven doesn’t actively hunt down new animals, however accepts them on a rescue foundation, principally from authorities companies.
For years there have been considerations about the place the zoo is positioned alongside the Raritan River. Its an space that’s vulnerable to flooding. In 1999, 9 horses died after flooding from Tropical Storm Floyd.
Concerns for animal security have come up a number of occasions since then.
When the remnants of Hurricane Ida raked throughout the Garden State, Animal Haven was flooded once more because the Raritan swelled over its banks.
Animal welfare advocate Gabriela Lombardi of Hillsborough posted a number of pictures to her social media web page exhibiting animals within the flood waters, and finally began a change.org petition to get the animals relocated and to a greater life.
To assume these animals are within the care of people that clearly don’t put their wants first, is horrifying. They are scared & aren’t capable of do what their instincts inform them to. These animals ought to be free, or in a farm, or a sanctuary. They deserve a greater life, higher caretakers, a safer, nicely cared for atmosphere. – change.org petition
Reporter Cheryl Makin at MyCentralJersey.com wrote an in depth article concerning the historical past of the zoo in addition to previous and present issues. She identified discrepancies in statements from Middlesex County, which oversees the zoo.
Maken stories the county issued an announcement saying “all animals below our care are accounted for, and they’re all being fed and offered recent water.” Later, they revised that assertion and deleted the phrase “being fed and offered recent water” deleted.
That has prompted new considerations about whether or not any of the animals stored at the zoo drowned throughout the September 1 flooding.
County officers haven’t addressed that concern straight, however did challenge an announcement to MyCentralJersey stressing the Zoo is staffed seven days every week and “topic to federal inspections.”
Aside from the petition, Animal welfare teams have protested at the park and can achieve this once more this Saturday.
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