Charges of abuse are being made against Butte County's Kirshner Wildlife Foundation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals known as P.E.T.A. The group is calling for an investigation into alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act. The foundation started in 1994, and it provides around the clock care for sick and needy animals. The complaint is based on reports from two former volunteers whose names are not being released. One of the complaints accuses the Kirshner Foundation of beating and punching the animals. It also states that additional volunteers are willing to corroborate on specific incidents of abuse. Executive Director Roberta Kirschner says, the foundation has several veterinarians who regularly check the animals and are on twenty four hours a day. P.E.T.A. has filed the complaints with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture.