Written by Alisa Mullins
Could the Lake
Superior Zoo have taken steps to prevent the deaths of 14 animals, including a donkey, sheep, goats, a snowy owl, a
turkey vulture, and a raven, after their enclosures were engulfed in
floodwaters during a flash flood last week? PETA thinks so, and we sent
a letter to the Duluth, Minnesota, city attorney urging him to charge the zoo
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Minnesota's animal protection laws define "cruelty"
as "every act, omission, or neglect which causes
or permits unnecessary or unjustifiable pain, suffering, or death" and state
that anyone who deprives any animal of necessary shelter or causes or allows
any animal to be unjustifiably injured or killed is in violation.
In our letter to the city attorney, we pointed out that the
zoo had advance warning of the risk of flash flooding and that the same creek
that flooded the zoo had caused flooding at the facility two years ago.
These animals had no way to save themselves—they were at the
mercy of their caretakers, who let them down in the worst possible way. If zoos
are going to confine animals to cages so that people can spend a Saturday with
the kids gawking at them, the least that they can do is to make sure that the
animals aren't swept away in a flood while the people who are supposed to be
safeguarding them are safe at home in their beds.
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