Abusive Guzoo Animal Farm Gets Permit to Stay Open

The owner of the controversial Guzoo Animal Farm in Alberta has announced that the facility will stay closed for now, despite having a new permit to continue operating.

Animal advocates have been reporting problems at the zoo for decades and it came under fire again last year when photos of the conditions the animals were living in surfaced online and sparked further outrage.

Images showed animal carcasses left in the snow to decompose in public view, blood spatter on the ground near the front entrance and animals living in filthy, barren enclosures with frozen or dirty water, among other offenses.

Following the outcry, the province announced it would decommission the zoo and later set a judicial hearing over the matter after the owners appealed. Owner Lynn Gustafson threatened to kill some of the exotic animals and send them to a taxidermist, instead of letting them go live elsewhere.

An inspection was conducted over the summer and, according to officials, no animals appeared to be in “distress” and no violations of the Wildlife Act were found. After that a deal was struck.

“Certain conditions must be followed — over the past year, we’ve worked with the owner to ensure they adhere to those standards,” Jessica Potter, spokeswoman with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development told the Calgary Sun.

Between Zoocheck Canada following problems to a scathing report from the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the decision comes as a surprise and disappointment. Problems with the zoo and concerns over the welfare of the animals there stretch back for years and range from repeatedly failing to meet permit standards and allowing the public to interact with animals to multiple citations for illegal possession and trafficking of exotic animals and injuries to both animals and visitors.

In 2003, Fish and Wildlife officials investigated the zoo for decaying carcasses, which are used to feed the residents and previously included roadkill, which resulted in the death of a tiger after it ate contaminated meat.

“It’s shocking, absolutely shocking that these government officials are going to continue to let this place slide,” Julie Woodyer, campaigns director with Zoocheck Canada told the Calgary Herald.

“There is no question this facility must be closed. It’s Canada’s most notorious roadside zoo.”


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Kate C.
Kate Collier2 years ago

Thank you for the update. Why???

Tammy Baxter
Tammy B.2 years ago

they should never be allowed to operate again!

Edmond Ciesielski

Je ne félicite pas les autorités

John Bias
John Bias3 years ago

I must stop animals abuse that's all....

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Samir Nassir
Past Member 3 years ago

Sadly news,Thanks for highlight this subject.

marc horton
marc horton3 years ago

please put the sweet animals in a sanctuary or with a much nicer facility, that owner lady does not seem very kind hearted or tolerant to even say to send them to a taxidermist is mean. please give them a better quality of life!

Mark Donner
Mark Donners3 years ago

Canada again..Harper and his gang of enviornment destroying terrorist minister thugs should be take down by a swat team and frogmarched to a maximum security prison to spend the rest of their terrorist lives there. There should be no compromise..CANADA IS A TERRORIST GOVERNMENT AND MUST BE STOPPED.

Cindy Strousberg

Very sad

rene davis
rene davis3 years ago

unbelievable that officials allow her to operate. And yes Lynn Gustafson needs psychological help.