Iowa zoo settles lion lawsuit

2016-08-04 18:51
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Iowa — A wildlife protection group says two African lionesses have been sent to a Colorado sanctuary, settling its lawsuit against a roadside zoo in northeast Iowa.

The Animal Legal Defence Fund said that The Wild Animal Sanctuary took possession of the lions on Monday. The 291ha sanctuary is situated near Keenesburg in Colorado.

The organisation and five Iowa residents sued Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester, Iowa, last month.

They alleged that the zoo confined the lions in small, barren enclosures that were strewn with fly-infested meat and faeces and that the lions' treatment violated the Endangered Species Act.

Earlier this year, the national group successfully sued the zoo to force the removal of three endangered lemurs and four tigers.

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