Animal Legal Defense Fund Files 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue Fur-Ever Wild

Posted on December 2, 2015

Notice alleges Fur-Ever Wild violates Endangered Species Act

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Natalia Lima, Natalia@PawsPR.com, 201 679 7088

wolf-pup-article-image-230MINNEAPOLIS — The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, today sent the U.S. Department of the Interior a 60-day notice of intent to sue the wildlife exhibition and fur-harvesting facility “Fur-Ever Wild” for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The Lakeville, Minnesota, business displays wolf pups in a petting zoo and later skins them for their fur, according to statements made by owner Terri Petter. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is asking Fur-Ever Wild to agree to stop killing and skinning wolves or the organization will file suit in 60 days.

The Gray Wolf, canis lupus, is a listed species under the Endangered Species Act. ALDF alleges that by using wolf pups as an attraction in its petting zoo, then later skinning them for their fur—in the process killing them—Fur-Ever Wild is violating Section 9 of the Act and is subject to civil or criminal penalties.

“Fur-Ever Wild shows contempt not only for the lives of magnificent endangered animals but also for federal law,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “We hope Fur-Ever Wild will agree to cease its wolf-killing operation in the next 60 days but, if not, we intend to sue to assure the law is enforced.”

According to a lawsuit filed in Minnesota, neighbors have long complained about the stench of the facility, in addition to noise and public safety concerns. Earlier this year, local activists thwarted Fur-Ever Wild’s expansion into South Dakota.

And in August of this year, the local government of Eureka Township, where Fur-Ever Wild is located, filed a lawsuit against the facility for violating the local exotic animal ordinance, which prohibits the ownership of wild animals.

Jennifer M. Robbins, Chris Madel, and Cassandra Batchfelder of Robins Kaplan LLP, a national trial law firm with offices throughout the country, are providing pro bono legal assistance to ALDF.

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11 thoughts on “Animal Legal Defense Fund Files 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue Fur-Ever Wild

  1. Shari Kosel says:

    Thank you for all you do!

  2. Barbara Eylers says:

    Stop the cruel and senseless killing of wolves!

  3. Denise Parker says:

    Thank you for all you are doing to protect these precious lives and to stop this barbaric practice.

  4. L.E. Therrien says:

    Stop exploiting the animals to make money. animals are sentient beings and deserve the same respect humans desire.

  5. Mendi says:

    I am really shocked and disgusted that this is happening. I can’t imagine a more hateful and cruel business than this “Fur-ever Wild.” Please stop them. I am horrified.

  6. Thank you for protecting these animals.

  7. Melanie says:

    This cruelty is so unbelievably ignorant and unnecessary. Animals that once existed are now extinct because previous generations were too selfish to care. Now our generation is continuing the destruction, ruining things for the next generation. For what? Ugly, gaudy clothing and greed? Have a conscience!

  8. Thank u for protecting the lives of innocent animals!

  9. Olga Krywyj says:

    Thank you for you hard work and compassion on behalf of those who can not speak for themselves. I await the day when animals are liberated and no longer the property of humans.

  10. Olga Krywyj says:

    Thank you for your compassion and kindness. I look forward to the day when sentient animals have rights and are no longer the property of humans!

  11. Sandra Kline says:

    Stop senseless slaughtering of wolf.. No wolf deserve this. I’m against any abuse towards wolfs and animals..

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