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2018-09-12 / Front Page

Oswald’s Bear Ranch Seeking Legal Action against PETA

Oswald’s Bear Ranch is now seeking legal action in Lansing in response to “false attacks by PETA of physical and psychological abuse of their bear cubs,” according to a press release issued by Oswald’s Bear Ranch Friday, September 7. This is following a fourth attack on the bear rescue sanctuary by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

The release goes on to state that a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinary inspector cleared the 240-acre facility of any such claims on September 5. This is the fourth inspection within a year, and the ranch has been exonerated every time.

The ranch’s lawyer, Michael H. Perry of Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap, P.C. in Lansing, issued a cease and desist letter to PETA president, Ingrid Newkirk on August 31. The letter states, “PETA’s false statements about Oswald’s Bear Ranch and its misrepresentation regarding the bears on Oswald’s Bear Ranch are defamatory, as a matter or law, and hold Oswald’s Bear Ranch out to the public in a false light.”

In addition to the cease and desist order, the letter demanded that PETA “immediately retract the statements made in both its billboard and its press release.”

Perry requested photographic evidence, as well as a copy of a retraction press release from PETA. He concluded, “PETA’s failure to retract its statements in both its press release and on its mobile billboard by Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 12:00 noon shall subject PETA to an award of punitive damages in favor of Oswald’s Bear Ranch.”

As no response was received, Oswald’s is going forward with legal action.

Owner Dean Oswald further reports that the Bear Ranch has had visits recently from officials with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), as well as the USDA. Both governmental agencies gave the ranch a 100 percent rating.

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