Notorious Cumberland County Animal Abuser’s License Suspended

Posted on January 15, 2014

USDA’s Action Follows PETA Complaints, Lawsuit by PETA and ALDF

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Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund


Ben the bear was freed from Jabbas Ranch, but many other animals remain. (PETA)

Fayetteville, N.C. — Following numerous complaints from PETA and a lawsuit filed by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and local residents, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has suspended the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license of longtime animal abuser Jambbas Ranch Tours, Inc., a deplorable menagerie in Cumberland County, for at least four months. The order, which was just released and includes a $10,000 penalty, states that beginning today, Jambbas may not exhibit or deal in regulated animals and can regain use of the license only if it demonstrates compliance with the AWA. The USDA’s order is the result of a May 2013 complaint charging Jambbas with nearly a dozen AWA violations, including failure to provide animals with adequate veterinary care on six separate occasions—including for a goat whom an inspector found dead.

“By suspending Jambbas’ license, the USDA has taken an important first step, but this business’s long history of abusing and neglecting animals calls for permanent revocation,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. “Routinely denying animals clean water and vital veterinary care dictates that Jambbas be shut down forever.”

“Animals at Jambbas Ranch Tours suffer every day of their lives, so this USDA action is long overdue,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The filth, neglect, and outright cruelty at Jambbas make it a perfect example of why animals should never be locked up and deprived of everything that’s important to them.”

PETA is also calling on Cumberland County Animal Control to seize all wild animals, including alligators, whom Jambbas may be holding in violation of county law. County law provides an exception for zoos to possess these animals, but because Jambbas is currently prohibited from exhibiting animals—and states on its website that it’s “[n]o longer open [to] the general public”—it does not qualify for this exemption. PETA has offered to assist in relocating the animals to appropriate homes where they will receive the care that they need.

For more information, please visit and PETA Complaints, Lawsuit by PETA and ALDF

4 thoughts on “Notorious Cumberland County Animal Abuser’s License Suspended

  1. tia says:

    It is about time, and I want to thank ALDF for all of their work. I post and write about your work in my newsletters, and blogs.

    We need to get your follow ups out in to the everyday public who may not read your site or even know about you.

    Even my readers, some of which have never heard about ALDF, but believe me, after I get through they will!!!! Mahalo

  2. Sam Bush says:

    Thank God! These scumbags belong in hell. I wish we could just abuse them in return. Put them in cages, chain them up, torment them, torture them…..then let them rot in their cages and eat their own feces.

  3. Amy says:

    Thank you for your hard work with this case. It would be great to hear that the “ranch” was completely shut down and these people were never allowed to own animals again.

  4. says:

    we in bc canads are being robbed by spca the take our health animals saying and making up terrible lies and the public beleive them then charge us with cruelty and put liens against our homes

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