Thursday, September 28, 2006

Killman Zoo in Canada Again Faces Charges of Animal Abuse


Animal rights group critical of zoo

The Hamilton Spectator
(Sep 25, 2006)

Complaints about the conditions at the Killman Zoo have been filed with the province by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

The animal rights group said the animals are in cages the size of a single-car garage, which provides little room for exercise. The group also said the cages are littered with feces and that animals, who are social and usually live with others, are being housed alone. The WSPA did an audit in 2005 and gave the Caledonia zoo a failing grade. A recent investigation by the group has found little has changed since that audit.

The WSPA recently submitted complaints to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Mark Killman, who owns the zoo with his brother Steve, said the facility was inspected by the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in August and "everything was fine."

The Killman Zoo houses more than 100 animals. In 1989, the zoo was criticized as being ramshackle and decrepit by Zoocheck Canada, a Toronto-based group whose aim is to protect wild animals in captivity.

The Killmans denied the group's charges.

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