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Hollywood Animal Handler Found Beating Animals, Has License Revoked

PETA: ‘After years of PETA trumpeting complaints against notorious television and movie animal exhibitor Sidney Yost — who has made headlines for beating animals with sticks and feeding them contaminated food — the Hollywood animal handler is finished in show business. According to public records obtained by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revoked Yost’s license to exhibit animals and slapped him with $30,000 in fines for more than 40 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act that occurred between 2008 and 2010…

As stated by the USDA, Yost and his employees repeatedly used physical abuse to handle animals, including a monkey named Rowdy and a lion named Romeo. Physical abuse was also used to handle wolves, and the handlers used sticks to strike tigers… Animals forced to perform are typically subjected to rigorous and abusive training methods to coerce them into completing stressful, confusing, uncomfortable, and even painful acts. Training methods can include beatings, the use of electric prods, food deprivation, and drugging’. SOURCE…

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