Current USDA Complaint & Past AWA Violations
On April 2, 2015, the international animal advocacy organization In Defense of Animals filed a complaint with USDA citing probable violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by Buttonwood Park Zoo. IDA called for an independent investigation.
At the heart of the issue is AWA Part III, Subpart F, Section 3.133, Separation which states:
Animals housed in the same primary enclosure must be compatible. Animals shall not be housed near animals that interfere with their health or cause them discomfort. (Emphasis added).
It is not discretionary--Ruth must be relocated.
The zoo has not prevented the many attacks by Emily against Ruth. Keeping Ruth here now under these circumstances is simply inhumane.