Get this guy some meds!
A Bowmanville, Ontario, zoo owner best known for calling a baboon a “cocksucker” on live TV has stepped down in light of animal cruelty charges he faces for allegedly whipping a tiger.
Michael Hackenberger, who runs Bowmanville Zoological Park, came under fire in December, when video footage that appeared to show him whipping a Siberian tiger 20 times during a training session was posted online by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Hackenberger was charged this week with four counts of causing an animal distress and one of failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for an animal, according to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
In a Facebook post, Hackenberger said he was stepping down from his duties at the zoo “until such time as this legal matter is resolved.” He maintained his innocence.
This monkey is a hero.
The video, recorded by a witness and later handed over to PETA, appeared to show Hackenberger whipping the tiger with a rod and making statements about how he likes to hit tigers in the face.
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