WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Half a dozen protestors from Reaching Out for Animal Rights (R.O.A.R.) demanded for better conditions for the animals at Tregembo Animal Park in Monkey Junction at a protest Sunday afternoon.
Animal Park employees countered with a message on a truck, "PETA kills animals."
Owners of the zoo said the animals on the ten-acre park have been rescued and now have a safe place to stay,
"These animals have nowhere else to go," said Sherry Tregembo, owner of the park. "They were born in captivity and now they have a safe place to stay. As for the conditions Tregmbo says they are on top of it.
"Some times things happen, zoo keepers drop the ball, but that's my job to stay on top of it and I do," Tregembo explained.
But protestors said that's not the case citing photos of poor conditions and stagnant drinking water for the animals.
Tregembo spoke to protestors in a debate which escalated quickly.
"If this is what you show the public -- what are you hiding?" asked protestor Lorraine Moe. She then challenged the animal park owner to the ultimate test.
"I'm sure the community would be interested, live this life for 48 hours and see what happens," Moe challenged.
It was a challenge accepted by Tregembo.
"I don't have a problem with it. I work outside in the heat," Tregembo said. "I'll sit in the pool and have people throw me peanuts all day."