Letter: Reader questions wisdom of preserve
I am not a resident of Ocean View, but I shop at many of the businesses along Route 26, as I prefer to shop locally at every opportunity. I have recently become aware of the proposed Barnhill Animal Preserve and have some serious reservations about the facility.
I am very concerned about the well-being of the animals. The field where the project is to be located has no shade trees; the animals, I understand, are to be housed in huts inside cages. It can still get really hot if there are no shade trees.
Zoos usually have a pool in which the animals can cool off. Will there be such a pool? What kind of exercise will animal have locked in a cage? Will there be a zoologist on hand in case of emergencies? I would think that the animals that are going to be housed at Barnhill Preserve would need a specialist, as they are not the run-of-the-mill domestic animals.
At first blush, the Wild Animal Preserve for educational purposes sounds like a good idea. But the well-being of the animals, and the safety and economic concerns of the neighboring businesses must be taken into account.
Thank you for the opportunity to voice my concerns.