Friday, December 16, 2005

Peter Renzo-Tiger Behaviorist

Peter Renzo is the author of the first book on the Gemstone Files, Beyond the Gemstone Files, which came out in 1980. It is a slim book consisting mostly of the Skeleton Key (its first appearance in book form) and a rather badly-written introduction, recounting his alleged adventures in the CIA. The best part of the book actually was the photos of Mr. Renzo with his pet Siberian Tigers. Renzo is no longer interested in the Gemstone Files but his interest in tigers has continued over the years, and periodically he makes the news. Recently he started the Sabre Foundation, devoted to these beautiful creatures:


Blogger Carole Baskin said...

By Yann Ranaivo,
Idaho State Journal - May 17, 2008

The Nevada man whose plans to move his collection of big cats to
Southeast Idaho was thwarted by failure to obtain proper permits is
suing the Idaho Department of Agriculture for $13 million in damages.

Peter Renzo, president of Siberians Are Becoming Rapidly Extinct, or
S.A.B.R.E., planned to build a big cat compound this summer in the
Blackfoot area. Renzo, who is a trainer, planned to breed the cats
and perform live shows. Renzo has said the cost of the planned 24,000
square foot facility was approximately $6.3 million and included a
hotel, shop and restaurant.

Renzo's suit contends the department's refusal to issue the permits
has resulted in the loss of sponsors and expected revenue. The suit
claims that sponsors who had pledged more than $6 million toward the
facility backed out after the nonprofit organization's permitting for
the big cats fell through. Renzo announced his intentions to move his
collection of big cats to Idaho last October. The department denied
the organization a propagation permit, which is necessary to possess
exotic animals in Idaho. The decision was based on Renzo's refusal to
comply with their request to spay and neuter his felines.

Renzo filed a petition for judicial review of the agency's
determination. And in April, Seventh District Judge Ted V. Wood
determined that the agency's decision was arbitrary and capricious
and ordered it to reconsider the permitting refusal.

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