Last fall, we learned that the three decades-old East Maui Animal Refuge, aka Boo Boo Zoo (www.booboozoo.org), had been attacked by both federal and state agents as a hotbed of crime, although no one on Maui observed anything but loving care of animals in need, who all lived in harmony under the care of Sylvan and his seemingly tireless group of volunteers and supporters.
After decades of helping injured, deformed, orphaned animals of numerous species, some government agents decided this was a problem surpassing so many much more obvious ones, worthy of bringing armed agents to confiscate long-term resident animals for extermination because rules were broken.
Outrage expressed by the community, who demanded to know why this had become a priority, reached the governor, president and various legislative representatives. Seemingly cooler heads prevailed, and media reports advised the public that agents would be working with the sanctuary to help it come into compliance with rules. Then the media coverage faded away.
Presently, the sanctuary is under extreme financial and workforce stress as they strive to make major changes required by regulations to this peaceful facility, and initial public offers of money and volunteer efforts also fade.
Please contact Sylvan at 572-8308 or check the Website to see how you can help now. They are in dire need.
Mike Moran Kihei