St. Louis Zoo Pays Fine Following Polar Bear Deaths

1 decade 3 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, August 22 2007 Aug 22, 2007 Wednesday, August 22, 2007 12:49:04 AM CDT August 22, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Saint Louis Zoo agrees to pay a $7,500 fine to settle claims that it violated federal animal welfare laws resulting in the death of two polar bears. The zoo says it disagrees with two of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's claims, but agreed to a consent order to avoid costly litigation. The USDA cited the zoo in the death of a 20-year-old female polar bear, which was found to have two dead fetuses in her uterus. The zoo also was cited in the death of a 17-year-old male bear which died of a blockage after he consumed plastic bags and cloth. The deaths prompted members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to seek the USDA investigation in May 2005. The Forest Park zoo is one of St. Louis' most visited attractions.

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