SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | Activists demand closure of Puerto Rico zoo after deaths

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | Activists demand closure of Puerto Rico zoo after deaths

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Animal rights activists demanded Friday that Puerto Rico permanently close its only zoo and relocate all animals to sanctuaries following reports of deaths and improper care.

The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund and local organizations accused the U.S. territory’s government of violating the Animal Welfare Act and the Endangered Species Act at a zoo that held more than 300 species last year.

“These animals are just languishing there without any veterinary care or safe and wholesome food and proper shelter,” said Cristina Stella, the fund’s attorney, in a phone interview.

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