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In case you haven't heard, last January 27th, my partner Barbara Hoffmann and I had our property here in East Texas raided by sheriffs, game warden, health department, and humane society. We were arrested and jailed for a week, since we couldn't come up with their $60,000 bond for both of us. Then the trumped-up criminal charges of "animal cruelty" were dropped, in exchange for our signing away our rights to the big cats (tigers, leopards, and a cougar). But they had seized ALL our animals, including horses, ponies, goats, chickens, and house pets as well, and now we're left with none. Never mind that Barbara and her late husband had invested many thousands of dollars in most of those animals, or that she and I have invested much of our lives in their care. Never mind that we had plans for educational shows using some of those animals, pony rides at fairs, and other uses for most of them. All are now gone, because somebody with a badge and a little power decided we were not housing them the way THEY think we should! On top of taking all our animals -nearly half of which have already died in their captivity- they now want us to pay over $10,000 for "boarding and vet fees" while they held those animals. The criminal case they supposedly dropped somehow morphed into a civil case, which is easier for them to get a ruling on. The law says that can't be done, but in this small Texas town, they did just that. They also confiscated cages, bags of animal feed, food bowls, and some of my personal tools -none of which were in the warrant or which they had any authority to touch. But they did, and with the local court's blessings, despite the law. Yes, this was a huge farce and miscarriage of justice all around!

This email is going out to all my friends, family, and everyone I know, to let you know that our fight has not ended with the ruling of a piddling County Court Judge, in favor of his buddy the DA. These people are ruthless, and just as bad as PETA or HSUS. Worse in some ways, because they hit at the "little guys" who aren't in a position to hire a dozen top-notch law firms to fight them for 10 years, like Feld Entertainment and a few others did. Since our animal seizure, there's been several others in Texas alone, and all share similar qualities and strongarm tactics.

I really can't explain it any better than what you'll find at this link, so PLEASE follow it and read carefully. YOUR business, YOUR pets, and YOUR life as you know it may very well be at stake here!


This will end up being like a "test case," and what the appellate courts decide should have far-reaching ramifications for us all.

A "win" in the appellate courts would probably mean we get some, if not all, the still-living animals back, but even more so, those "authorities" would be put on notice that they can't continue their illegal and unconstitutional practices.

Failure to act NOW will likely mean "they" just keep on plundering, raping, and violating the Constitutional rights of us all. YOURS will be on their lists and in their crosshairs in the very near future! And yes, they are starting to confiscate and seize animals even under USDA permit and other legal licenses!

Alternatively or additionally, you can go directly to THIS site:


Please pass these links on to everyone you know, even other online groups you may belong to. Every bit of support will help here, no matter how small. We only have a couple days on this...

I've also started a new blog, on which there are already many posts and stories about this situation...http://topdogsroartoo.blogspot.com/

Thank you all and God Bless,

Fred Lulling
aka Meph / Mephisto
Animals of the Planet LIVE!
a Texas not-for-profit corporation
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