Baghwa, a male African lion was shot and killed by the owners of DEW Haven, a breeding backyard zoo in Mount Vernon Maine several years ago.
There was never an investigation and different stories of the event have been put out to the public by the owners, Bob and Julie Miner. The authorities were never even notified and therefore no investigation into Baghwa's death was initiated.
In one troubling version of the incident, when asked why authorities were never notified it was "Because, explained Bob, then it would have been public knowledge and they probably would have shut him down"!
Please sign this petition to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and demand an investigation and JUSTICE FOR BAGHWA!
Dear Commissioner Woodcock and all staff of Maine IF&W,
This petition and all signers ask that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife make DEW Haven and its owners take responsibility for the shooting death of their male African lion named Baghwa. This animal was shot by Julie Miner and the incident was not reported to your department, nor an investigation implemented at that time. Bob Miner claims responsibility and carelessness by leaving a latch open, and an innocent lion was shot in cold blood because of it. He kept this from your department and must be held accountable. Your department must do its job and Baghwa deserves justice! DEW Haven at the very least should lose its permit to exhibit animals such as these lions they are so careless with.