The owners of the Lion’s Gate Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary in Colorado, recently euthanized all of its animals, including three lions, three tigers and five bears. They claim they were forced to do so by the government after the Elbert County Board of Commissioners denied their request to move to a new location.
But the operators of the Keenesburg Wild Animal Sanctuary balk at that claim. In a Facebook post the owners of the KWAS had But the Keenesburg Wild Animal Sanctuary had “publicly offered to care for the animals at their facility if Lion’s Gate was unable to do so."
First, the commissioners of the Elbert County Board had better have one hell of a reason for denying LGS's request to relocate. Forcing sanctuaried animals to exist on lands that routinely flood is tantamount to cruelty to animals.
But second, federal and state author should thoroughly investigate the actions of the owner/operators of the Lion's Gate Sanctuary. The euthanizing of those animals violates the very idea of "sanctuary." Additionally (and aside from the KWAS offer to take the animals), there are zoological societies across the nation who would have made accommodations for those animals.
This is a moment in time where organizations like PETA and the ASPCA should make their voices heard, loud and clear. The souls of those innocent animals demand it.