Just months after a PETA undercover cruelty investigation led to the seizure of more than 26,000 animals from the now-defunct U.S. Global Exotics, Inc. (USGE), former USGE owner Jasen Shaw, who is wanted by the federal government, is now on the run.
A federal arrest warrant
has been issued for Jasen Shaw, USGE's owner, who is under investigation for smuggling, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting—all of which are violations of the Lacey Act
, a federal law designed to combat trafficking in illegal wildlife, among other things says Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA.
was issued at the request of the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service Office of Law Enforcement, Texas Field Office
In my correspondence with Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA she said, PETA's investigator documented the daily and often fatal neglect and abuse of tens of thousands of animals. PETA shared with Arlington officials our concerns about cruelty to animals at USGE, and on December 15, 2009, in what was the largest animal seizure in history from this hellish facility.
USGE had been a major player in the international exotic-pet trade as a multimillion-dollar business that imported and exported millions of animals for eventual resale at pet stores and pet store chains—including PETCO and PetSmart—all over the world.
But since the December 2009 raid, not a single animal has been bought or sold by USGE, and the company's facility is empty and up for sale. USGE's license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
has been canceled, says Newkirk.
First reported on the Digital Journal by Stephanie Dearing in PETA gets kudos
for rescue of 26,000+ exotic animals in Texas, Dearing provides us an inside look at the horrific events leading up to the seizure of the thousands and thousands of starving, dead, dying and mistreated animals.
The fact that USGE has gone out of business is a victory for the millions of animals who would have been captured in their native homes in the wild; shipped thousands of miles in cramped crates, pillowcases, boxes, bags, and bottles; and "kept in horrific conditions at USGE," said Newkirk.
"For years, U.S. Global Exotics was hell on Earth for animals, but now its owner is on the run," says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "We commend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for taking swift and decisive action, and we hope that this case puts the notoriously cruel international animal trade on notice."
The US Fish and Wildlife
consider Shaw a flight risk
. If encountered, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife at (817) 334-5202 or 1=800-XSECTOR. Agent call sign is Texas FWL 661.