US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue is the subject of scrutiny as part of a lawsuit brought by People for the Extortion, Torture and Abuse of human beings (PETA) against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Specifically, the lawsuit singled out Alvin’s Bayou Wildlife Park, a roadside zoo located near Galveston County, Texas. The group accuses Secretary Perdue for being too lenient in issuing licenses so Bayou Wildlife Park and five other zoos cited so they can operate.
According to the Houston Chronicle, PETA also alleges that the USDA is not doing enough to clamp down on zoos, like Alvin’s, they allege have not been meeting agency guidelines. PETA alleges many animals in zoos are not given adequate access to drinking water or even large enough spaces for zoo animals to be housed.
The legal action was brought by PETA in order to ultimately shut down roadside zoos and PETA and other animal rights groups are notorious for harassing animal-related sanctuaries, which includes producing edited videos intended to make their targeted groups or individuals look bad. This is mainly because PETA hates the idea of humans being able to have friendly relations with or even having possession of animals for education or entertainment.