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***UPDATE: Big Cats and Their Litter Boxes Return to the Champlain Valley Fair 

Published August 26, 2010 at 5:51 p.m.

 With the recent news that the Nerger Tiger and Lion Show is returning to the Champlain Valley Fair, the Green Mountain Animal Defenders announced today that it's spoiling for my favorite kind of fight: a cat fight.

On Saturday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m., activists from GMAD, Vermont's largest nonprofit animal advocacy group, will converge on the west entrance to the fairgrounds in Essex to shed light on the big cat show's long record of violations of the Federal Animal Welfare Act, including $272,000 in accumulated fines.

According to protest organizers, "Green Mountain Animal Defenders also challenge fair management who contend this show is 'educational' and would question, as a matter of public safety, whether Essex Junction Animal Control is equipped to handle escaped 400-lb. carnivores." 

Well, I guess Upton Sinclair's book The Jungle was was once considered "educational," too. 

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Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.


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