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PETA Calls Out Animals of Montana

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PETA brings Animals of Montana into the spotlight again, Tuesday, calling on Fish Wildlife and Parks to shoot down the wildlife casting agency's application for a breeding permit that would allow them to exchange animals with other facilities within the United States.

"PETA commonly referred to as media sluts, they will do everything they can to grab every headline possible," said head trainer at the facility Demetri Price.

PETA officials are urging FWP to decline Animals of Montana's application for a captive bred wildlife permit, citing owner Troy Hyde's history of violating wildlife, animal welfare and worker safety laws.

PETA's Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Emily von Klemperer said, "The facilities owner Troy Hyde has been convicted for illegally trafficking endangered tigers, the facility also failed to disclose premature deaths of animals to FWP in their application."

Price says the facility wants to obtain this permit to have good genetic diversity amongst the animals.

In regards to the reports of premature death, Price said, "I live this every day of my life and it is not something that is news to us but can be sensationalized and taken out of context."

Facility owner Troy Hyde has had issues over the years including the loss of his licenses for two years for trafficking tigers. In 2012 an employee was mauled by a grizzly bear while cleaning a pen. PETA says that Animals of Montana has 'had their chances' and also cites the number of escapes the facility has allowed and the dangers that poses to the public. Price says that point is invalid and does not have anything to do with the permit they are seeking.

"No zoo animal or privately owned lion or tiger has ever escaped and killed a member of the public ever it actually has not happened,” said Price.

"It is absurd for Animals of Montana to even apply for a captive bred wildlife permit,” said von Klemperer.

The facility's application is currently being processed. Price says he hopes those involved in the process take all the facts into account.



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