Zoo & Live Animal Shows
Zoo & Live Animal Shows in South Carolina
If your family is planning a road trip, you can avoid bringing home awful memories simply by not stopping at decrepit roadside zoos and other cruel tourist traps that exploit animals. Vacationers with money to spend are what keep these archaic exhibits in business, and animals will continue to suffer as long as people heed the call of highway billboards and pull over. And don’t be swayed by places that tack on the word “sanctuary” or “rescue” to their name, it’s a deceptive ploy that many roadside zoos use to dupe unwitting visitors.
Barefoot Landing allows notorious exhibitor Kevin Antle, who forces tiger cubs and chimpanzees to interact with tourists for cruel moneymaking photo ops, to set up shop. Antle’s operation has been repeatedly cited and has even been fined by federal authorities for serious violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including failure to provide animals with adequate veterinary care, sufficient cage space, protection from the elements, and clean water.
South Carolina zoos replicate the natural habitat of animals and are home to a variety of species. Through informational signs along the paved trail, you are reminded of challenges faced by those pioneers, of daily life in a wild world, of predators and prey. No longer do we worry if wolves or pumas will kill our cattle, nor can. see a herd of bison grazing in an abandoned “Indian field,” but for a short time as you walk the trail, you can imagine life this way and how each of the animals in the zoo played a role in the lives of the colonists.