Private Alta. zoo mistreats animals: critics
Provincial officials are promising to conduct a thorough review of a private zoo northeast of Calgary after evidence surfaced that animals are being mistreated there.
Several groups on Facebook and other websites are calling on the province to close the facility, which is up for an operating licence review on April 1.
But the complaints are unfounded and nothing owner Lynn Gustafson hasn't heard before, he said.
"These kinds of people don't realize, by trying to stop what I'm doing, all they are doing is depriving some … child or adult … of enjoying themselves," he said.
Dave Ealey, who speaks for Alberta Sustainable Resources, said the province will do a full review of the zoo before its licence is renewed.
"We'll look at whether the animal care standards are being addressed at the time of the inspection," he said.
The animal protection charity said its inspectors found rancid water in the tiger cage, piles of animal waste in many enclosures, and "grossly undersized" enclosures that fail to offer animals a full range of their natural movements.
"Despite years of complaints about grossly substandard conditions Guzoo … has repeatedly been given its permit to operate by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development," reads a posting on Zoocheck's website.