Stump Hill Farm (Huntsman, Cindy)
USDA License #31-C-0050, 6633 Klick Rd., Massillon, OH 44646
Re: the tigers bred by Stump Hill Farm and sold to Massillon High School.
“After Obie spends a single season in Massillon and then becomes a free agent, he either goes to private animal sanctuaries that must assume these costs over time, or he goes to some horrid roadside zoo, or perhaps he’s sold into a canned hunting operation or to a wildlife parts dealer, so that tiger bones or penis can be sold for thousands of dollars. In just about every case, it’s a bad outcome for the tigers or the people who are enlisted to care for them.
Many Obies have been provided by Stump Hill Farms, a grossly substandard private menagerie with a long list of serious Animal Welfare Act violations, including citations for repeated failure to maintain and provide secure tiger enclosures, unsafe handling of a juvenile lion during public exhibition, declawing a juvenile tiger (a painful procedure that leads to chronic health problems), failure to provide veterinary care, and failure to vaccinate animals or even conduct routine parasite exams. After football season, some Obies have been returned to Stump Hill Farm or sent to Tiger Ridge Exotics, which has a similarly deplorable record of animal care.
It’s time to permanently bench this outdated, inhumane, dangerous, and costly tradition.” Mike Markarian http://hslf.typepad.com/
Does the high school not know that white tigers are all inbred and thus suffer birth defects and mental disorders? Is that really the image they want as a mascot?
Stump Hill Farm has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as
established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Stump Hill
Farm for failure to provide veterinary care, repeated failure to provide environmental enrichment and
minimum space to primates kept in solitary confinement and suffering from psychological distress, failure to
provide shelter from inclement weather, filthy and foul-smelling enclosures, failure to provide drinking water,
failure to maintain enclosures, and improper waste disposal. Stump Hill Farm buys animals at auction and
prematurely removes infant animals from their mothers for commercial purposes. Jack Hanna has used
infant animals from Stump Hill Farm for appearances on Good Morning America. Contact PETA for
April 18, 2007: The USDA cited Stump Hill Farm for failure to have a responsible party present so that an animal
welfare inspection could be conducted.
July 13, 2005: The USDA cited Stump Hill Farm for failure to provide perimeter fencing adequate to prevent physical
contact between the animals inside the enclosure and animals or people outside the perimeter fence. The USDA also
cited Stump Hill Farm for failure to provide perimeter fencing that adequately served as a secondary containment
system in the event of an animal escape.
December 12, 2001: The USDA cited Stump Hill Farm for failure to correct previously identified noncompliances of
not providing minimum space, environmental enrichment, and veterinary care. Stump Hill Farm was also cited for
having filthy cages, for failure to maintain records of acquisition, and for failure to have a complete program of
veterinary care. An Egyptian fruit bat with a reddish-pink enlargement on the left wing joint area had not been
examined, diagnosed, or treated by a veterinarian. Records were incomplete for 21 Egyptian fruit bats and one sugar
glider acquired from an unlicensed source. The fruit bats were left in a dog kennel; the inspector wrote, “[T]he animals
need space enough for the passive and pregnant females to hide from more aggressive ones. The cage lacks space
to allow flight and exercise with freedom of movement.” The lemur enclosure had an “accumulation of urine and
brownish fecal matter”; the inspector also noted, “Animals are in contact with excreta. More frequent cleaning is
needed.” The new enclosure for the chimpanzee “does not provide sufficient space.” The environmental enrichment
plan for primates was incomplete and was not being followed; the inspector wrote, “The infants that are hand reared
are not addressed and how the special attention is given after they are separated from the mother.” The chimpanzee
named Toot is still isolated from other primates, and the environmental enrichment plan does not address his special
November 20, 2001: The USDA cited Stump Hill Farm for failure to correct a previously identified noncompliance of
not providing minimum space to a chimpanzee. Stump Hill Farm was also cited for failure to provide access to
veterinary care records and the primate enrichment plan.
Selling Tiger Cubs to School for Mascots
The following is the transcript from a radio interview with Alan Rabinowitz and other tiger experts at