Animal rights group files complaint with USDA against the Oregon Zoo
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Contact the USDA to Demand a Maximum FINE against the Oregon Zoo:

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region, USDA
(970) 494-7478
[email protected] 
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Oregon Zoo for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence cut off the end of a lion's tail. Zawadi's injury was entirely the result of zoo staff carelessness. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Animal rights group files complaint with USDA against the Oregon Zoo
By Jared Cowley,, June 15, 2016

An international animal rights group filed a complaint against the Oregon Zoo after a lion's tail was injured there.

Zawadi, the zoo's male lion, lost the tip of his tail when zoo staff closed a hydraulic door Monday morning before he had entirely cleared the doorway. Zawadi the tip of his tail was lopped off just above the tuft.

The complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture by Stop Animal Exploitation Now, calls for a citation under the Animal Handling section of the Animal Welfare Act.

"Zawadi was injured because Oregon Zoo staff weren't paying attention," said Michael A. Budkie, co-founder of SAEN.

"Their carelessness deserves to be penalized." 

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