The Mobile Zoo, located in Wilmer, Alabama, has been closed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
News from the USDA came down Thursday, but the zoo posted a notice on their Facebook page November 10th. The notice just reads “Closed until further notice”.
In a press release, the USDA says numerous complaints from PETA lead to the zoo’s license being revoked after nearly two decades of being in violation of the Animal Welfare Act. In the most recent inspection report from September, the inspector says there are not enough employees to keep the zoo compliant with their standards. According to the report, there is one full-time employee and one full-time volunteer. The inspection notes several cages with dried feces, an accumulation of pests in the enclosures, unstable den enclosure conditions, and said some of the ice that had accumulated around the walls of the freezer “had red coloring that appeared to be blood”.
The license revocation means neither the zoo nor its owner will ever be able to legally exhibit warm-blooded animals. It is up to the zoo as to what will happen to the animals now. The Administrative Law Judge is allowing a one-time exemption for the facility to sell the animals.
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