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GW Zoo Cleared of False PeTA Allegations
The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park Responds to Doctored PeTA Video from 2006
POSTED: The Oklahoman November 10, 2006
By Josh Rabe
"We are not going to pursue any charges with the Garvin County District Attorney's office," said Steve Brooks, the county undersheriff.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a video clip November 2 that the group said proves animals there were suffering, abused and malnourished. A park volunteer working for PeTA used a hidden camera to capture video between February and June.
Brooks said investigators reviewed video supplied by PeTA on Wednesday, but "there was no criminal wrongdoing we could find."
An inspector from the U.S. Department of Agriculture spent Monday combing the park for violations, but none were listed on an inspection report provided by the park.
"I never had anything to worry about because I hadn't done anything criminal," said Joe Schreibvogel, park manager. "I didn't do anything immoral, either."
During the time the employee worked at the park, federal inspectors visited the park twice and found none of the violations PeTA claimed to have uncovered, according to inspection reports.
"There is no way a USDA inspector is going to come into this park twice and not find some of the things PeTA claims were going on," Schreibvogel said.
One violation noted:
The park issued PeTA's volunteer, Mike Steinberg, a written warning in May for violating USDA food preparation guidelines for the animals. The park also supplied a written test Steinberg took to become a park volunteer. His answers contradicted PeTA's claim that animals at the park were malnourished.
Schreibvogel said the few video clips released by PeTA misrepresented the park by showing only injured animals and using comments made by park employees out of context.
Behavior not tolerated:
"There's no way in five months they could get Joe on tape saying we don't feed the animals or get Joe on tape beating an animal because that's not the way Joe does business," Schreibvogel said. "I don't tolerate that kind of behavior."
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