Please LEVY a MAXIMUM FINE against the Cincinnati Zoo for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when their negligence allowed a child to gain access to a gorilla enclosure, and this led directly to the death of a 17 year old gorilla, Harambe. Additionally a California Sea Lion and a lemur are being housed in isolation, which also violates the Animal Welfare Act. This behavior must NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished with the maximum penalty allowed under the Animal Welfare Act.
2nd USDA Complaint Filed Against
By 700WLW, June 7, 2016
A second complaint has been filed with the U.S. Dept of Agriculture alleging the Cincinnati zoo is continuing to violate federal law. The animal activist group (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW) or SAEN claims the Cincinnati Zoo is mistreating animals by allegedly failing to socially house animals in compliance with federal regulations. They previously filed a complaint after the death of the Silverback gorilla Harambe. The zoo was previously cited by the USDA, once in May of this year when two Polar Bears entered the keeper area and in November 2014 for problems in the monkey and horse enclosures.
SAEN explained federal Animal Welfare Act regulations require social housing for both primates and marine mammals with members of their own species - however, the zoo currently holds only one California Sea Lion and a single Grey Gentle Lemur. Since these animals are singly housed, the Cincinnati Zoo must be in violation of federal regulations, charged SAEN in its complaint to the USDA.
SAEN is calling for the maximum federal penalty $10,000 per infraction/per animal.
Thayne Manard from the Cincinnati Zoo told reporters Tuesday at a press conference that the zoo is cooperating with the USDA to investigate the claims made by SAEN.
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