“You can tell that this camel either cannot or does not want to get up,” Fern said. “He [the handler] is just yanking this animal, forcing it to move, and he actually breaks one of the chains that he’s yanking off of the camel. It really shows that when people aren’t watching, how they treat these animals, and it gives us even more concerns for how Minnie, Beulah and Karen are being treated when the public isn’t watching … if this is how they treat their camels.”
Not surprisingly, Commerford Zoo has been issued with more than 50 violations from the USDA, according to the Nonhuman Rights Project. For instance, they’ve received citations for not having an employee present while the pubic makes contact with the elephants, failing to give the elephants adequate veterinary care and for keeping their elephants in dirty, unsanitary enclosures. Yet none of these violations have forced the zoo to relinquish control or use of its elephants or other animals, Fern explained.