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USDA suspends license of Fayetteville animal preserve

Posted January 15, 2014

Ben, a 550-pound black bear, lived in a 22-by-12-foot cage at Jambbas Ranch in Fayetteville until a judge ordered it to be sent to a California facility that could provide better care.

— The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of a Fayetteville animal preserve for four months, alleging that it has violated federal regulations regarding the care for captive animals.

Jambbas Ranch Tour Inc. didn't contest the agency's action and agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty. If the preserve meets the provisions of the consent order for two years, $7,000 of the penalty will be suspended.

Following a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, federal regulators determined that Jambbas Ranch wasn't meeting provisions of the Animal Welfare Act, such as providing clean food and water, appropriate enclosures and veterinary care.

Under the consent order, Jambbas Ranch, at 5386 Tabor Church Road, agreed not to own or acquire any more bears, primates or large cats and agreed to limit the number of animals on exhibit to 30.

"Animals at Jambbas Ranch Tours suffer every day of their lives, so this USDA action is long overdue," ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells said in a statement. "The filth, neglect, and outright cruelty at Jambbas make it a perfect example of why animals should never be locked up and deprived of everything that's important to them."

PETA and ALDF called on Cumberland County authorities to seize any wild animals that may be at Jambbas Ranch in violation of county law.

The preserve has come under fire from animal rights activists before. In 2011, a bear raised at Jambbas Ranch was transferred to a California facility after a judge ruled that owner James Bass II was not providing adequate care.


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  • Riptide12 Jan 16, 2014

    Thank goodness! It is about time. They were successful in getting Ben the Bear out of there. ALL of the animals need to be removed and the place shut down for good.

  • feistyredhead2001 Jan 16, 2014

    Disgusting !!!! Shut them down for good and move those animals to a place where then can be cared for properly !!! No clean water or food on a regualer basis.... its to bad that in this country we don't treat some the way they treat others !!!