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Lady Who Faked Chimpanzee’s Loss of life Should Lose License, PETA Tells Feds

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October 20, 2022

Robin Goist 202-483-7382

Festus, Mo. – This morning, PETA despatched a criticism to the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) urging Director Robert M. Gibbens to revoke the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) licenses of Tonia Haddix and her husband, Jerry Aswegan, for repeatedly committing perjury and submitting false info to the U.S. District Courtroom for the Japanese District of Missouri all through PETA’s profitable lawsuit in opposition to Haddix. The group’s submitting alleged that she had stored seven chimpanzees, together with Tonka, who appeared alongside Alan Cumming within the movie Buddy, in substandard situations in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

After PETA acquired a court docket order to rescue all of the chimpanzees held by Haddix, she and Aswegan concocted an elaborate hoax, claiming that Tonka had died and that Aswegan had cremated his physique in a yard fireplace pit. She then lied underneath oath about textual content messages she had despatched saying that Tonka wanted groceries, though he was supposedly useless. And after Tonka was found locked in a cage in her basement, she reportedly tried to bribe the federal marshals who have been despatched by the court docket to forestall her from transferring or “euthanizing” him. PETA factors out that the USDA’s laws state that an AWA license could also be terminated if the licensee makes false statements to a authorities company or is in any other case unfit to be licensed.

“Haddix and Aswegan should face the results for spinning an online of lies at Tonka’s expense,” says PETA Basis Common Counsel Jared Goodman. “PETA is looking on the USDA to revoke these abusers’ licenses in order that different animals might be secure from their clutches.”

Throughout PETA’s lawsuit, the court docket discovered Haddix—who additionally made false statements concerning the standing of enclosures she was supposed to construct—in contempt on a number of events and advisable that she and Aswegan be criminally investigated for perjury by the district U.S. lawyer.

Tonka was in the end rescued by PETA and now lives on the lush, tropical Save the Chimps sanctuary in Florida, the place he can climb to the highest of his spacious enclosure, work together together with his chimpanzee neighbors, and spend as a lot time as he likes outside—even when it rains.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals are usually not ours to make use of for leisure or abuse in some other means”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra details about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

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