Animal rights groups sue Minnesota fur farm over gray wolves 02 Nov 17

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) – Two animal rights groups have filed a lawsuit that alleges a fur farm and a petting zoo near Minneapolis is breeding, neglecting and killing gray wolves.

The Star Tribune reports that the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center filed the lawsuit on Sept. 29 against Teresa Petter, who owns Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville.

The lawsuit alleges Petter violates federal law by breeding gray wolf puppies as a petting zoo attraction. The lawsuit alleges she kills animals that grow too old and sells their fur.

Petter denied the accusations Tuesday. She says she’s not violating the Endangered Species Act because her animals aren’t pure-blood wolves. She also says the fur she uses comes from animals that died naturally.

The lawsuit seeks to bar Petter from keeping wolves.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com