This coming Monday, March 18, the Milton City Council will be voting on whether to grant a permit to Dean Riopelle that would allow him to keep wild animals in Milton. Riopelle has capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, and DeBrazza's monkeys on his property, among other animals. Riopelle is now looking to acquire even more wild animals and open a roadside zoo, disregarding both public safety and the animals' well-being. We need your help to make sure that the City Council follows the prudent recommendation of the Milton Planning Commission (MPC) and denies Riopelle's permit application to keep any exotic animals in Milton!
Please send a polite e-mail to Mayor Joe Lockwood and City Council members (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) and let them know that they must deny Riopelle's permit application for the sake of public safety and animal welfare. If you are a citizen of Milton, please be sure to indicate that in your correspondence.
Please feel free to use the sample e-mail at the end of this message, but remember that using your own words is always more effective.
Please also be sure to attend the City Council meeting and voice your support for the denial of Riopelle's permit application during the public comment period. The city council meeting is being held at 6 p.m. on March 18 at the following location:
City Council Chambers Milton City Hall 13000 Deerfield Pkwy., Ste. E Milton, GA 30004 Please pass this important, time-sensitive information on to your family and friends in Milton.
Thank you for your help and continued support of our efforts to protect animals!
Delcianna Winders Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement PETA Foundation
Sample Note Dear Mayor Lockwood and City Council Members:
I strongly urge you to follow the recommendation of the Milton Planning Commission and deny Dean Riopelle's application for a permit to keep exotic animals on his property. Not only does Riopelle house dangerous animals on his property now, he also apparently plans to acquire even more, in complete disregard of public safety.
Primates—such as those residing on Riopelle's property in Milton—present serious public safety and health risks because they can both become aggressive and transmit various diseases to humans. When they reach sexual maturity, capuchin monkeys, for example, sometimes attack humans, causing serious injuries. In fact, one capuchin monkey bit one of his keeper's fingers off, and another bit the thumb of a woman in Georgia, who had to receive care from a hand specialist for her injuries.
Please protect the safety of Milton residents by denying Riopelle's application.