Proprietor Terri Petter has launched a third crowd-funding campaign to defray the cost of defending her business in court. Her latest crusade for cash has a $20,000 goal. As of Thursday morning, $145 had been raised.
"The article that came out today is exactly what we are fighting against," the page reads. "The neighbors and the slander. They will say anything to try and shut us down. I have proof that their allegations are wrong. The legal fund will help us prove it."
Fur-Ever Wild operates within Eureka Township, a rural municipality located on the far southern end of the Twin Cities metro below Farmington and Lakeville. Her business, described as "a working agricultural farm," showcases various animals, including wolves, bobcats, and cougars, creatures deemed "exotic," thus prohibited by township ordinance. Petter has acknowledged in court documents that there's another side to her enterprise. She annually kills many of her animals for their pelts, paws, and teeth.
Eureka's lawsuit against Petter claims she's in violation of the exotic animals ordinance. Petter has countersued. The trial is scheduled for June 14.
Earlier this year, Petter and another person identified as "Trigger Petter" each started Go Fund Me campaigns. One would cover "legal fees for hunting education" and has a $15,000 goal to defend Fur-Ever Wild in court because "we have been attacked by animal rights activists and a few neighbors to try to shut us down."
The other campaign needs $15,000 for an outdoor educational center that's been victimized by "lies and rumors." Donations would support Fur-Ever Wild's work of hosting events such as those for "youth and disabled [vets]."
Now there's a third Go Fund Me page.
"So far legal fees are over $46,000.00," it reads. "We have been trying to pay as much as we can without compromising the health and safety of our resident wildlife. With your help, we can still accomplish this. Please donate to our legal fund so we can continue with the legal battle to prove, once again, we are legal to reside in Eureka Township and to provide the best quality care for our resident wildlife."
When reached via phone by City Pages Thursday afternoon, Petter hung up.