PETA: NE Louisiana zoo should be shut down
NEW ORLEANS - An animal-rights group says a northeast Louisiana zoo should permanently lose its license because it kept a black bear for years in a small, windowless enclosure.
The zoo's exhibit license was canceled May 6, according to online U.S. Department of Agriculture records.
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo Director Joe Clawson says the zoo's renewal application had a paperwork problem, and he is working with the department to resolve it.
He said he tried unsuccessfully almost since the bear's arrival in 2010 to find another home for it, because it was too wild to join the zoo's other bear.
Clawson says an inspector helped find a sanctuary that took the bear. The inspection was prompted by a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.