Animal rights group says Cincinnati Zoo 'virtually admitted' gorilla barrier was faulty
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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.


Animal rights group says Cincinnati Zoo "virtually admitted" gorilla barrier was faulty
By WKRC, June 7, 2016

An animal rights watchdog group says that by changing the barrier to the Gorilla World exhibit, the Cincinnati Zoo has "virtually admitted" the previous barrier was faulty. "It is entirely possible that if this barrier had been in place on May 28, Harambe might be alive today," says SAEN co-founder Michael Budkie.

The USDA, which oversees U.S. zoos, is investigating whether the zoo followed all the rules regarding the gorilla enclosure at the time Harambe was shot and killed because a child got past the barrier and fell into the exhibit.

SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) has also filed a second complaint against the Cincinnati Zoo following the death of an endangered animal.

SAEN says its complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is regarding the isolation of two other animals. According to SAEN, the federal Animal Welfare Act requires social housing for primates and marine mammals with other members of their own species. SAEN says the zoo has only one California Sea Lion and one Grey Gentle Lemur. Because they're singly housed, SAEN complains the zoo is in violation of federal regulations.

SAEN is calling for the maximum federal penalty of $10,000 for each infraction and each animal.

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