Thursday, November 13, 2003

Corpus Christi Zoo shuts down

Corpus Christi Zoo shuts down

Press Release
Jim Rogers(202) 690-4755
Darby Holladay(301) 734-3265

CORPUS CHRISTI ZOOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION ADMITS ANIMAL WELFARE ACT VIOLATIONS


RIVERDALE, Md., Nov. 13, 2003--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Corpus Christi Zoological Association, a licensed animal exhibitor doing business as the Corpus Christi Zoo, have agreed to a consent decision and order regarding
violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Corpus Christi Zoo admitted violating the AWA. In their settlement with USDA, the zoo agreed to a license revocation and a complete divestiture of
their animals no later than Dec. 15.


The AWA requires that regulated individuals and businesses provide animals with care and treatment according to the standards established by APHIS. Animals protected by the law must be provided with adequate housing, handling, sanitation, food, water, transportation, veterinary care and shelter.
The law covers animals that are sold as pets at the wholesale level, transported in commerce, used for biomedical research or used for exhibition purposes.



Note to Reporters: For a copy of the settlement, please contact Jim Rogers or Darby Holladay at the above listed numbers. USDA news releases, program announcements and media advisories are
available on the Internet. Access the APHIS home page by pointing your Web browser to http://www.aphis.usda.gov and clicking on the "News" button.


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