Thought this was really shocking - 500 animal deaths in just 4 years seems like a massive amount.
South Lakes Safari Zoo owner David Gill in Cumbria has had its application for a new licence rejected. Almost 500 animals died in the last 4 years AND a keeper was killed by a Sumatran tiger in May 2013.The application was refused by Barrow Borough Council's licensing regulatory committee and it seems the vote was unanimous.Just Breaking .... a Formal Closure Notice has been Issued - it can remain open temporarily pending a review by David Gill its founder
Ok, so realistically some deaths are to be expected, but according to Sky News
a lot of them are completely avoidable, and some just barbaric. For eg;
- Seven healthy lion cubs and five young baboons were "euthanised" because there was not enough space
- Mr Gill shot 18 Sacred Ibis birds after he was threatened with prosecution for letting them fly free
- Three animals died after being run over by a miniature railway train
Not sure what the future holds for South Lakes Safari Zoo, but it's pretty sad to hear about what has been happening.
Info soure Telegraph
, BBC News
, Sky News