The following is a statement from CAZA Executive Director, Massimo Bergamini, following the release of a video alleging animal abuse at the Bowmanville Zoo.

“The welfare of the animals in the care of our accredited member institutions is our paramount concern.

CAZA’s values, policies and standards are clear: animals must be treated with respect and dignity and in a manner that does not jeopardize their welfare.

After viewing the edited video, we have decided to bring the matter before our Ethics Committee for investigation.

The Committee is being empaneled today and we expect that it will convene quickly to consider the matter.

The issues raised by the video are serious and require a thorough and fair review.

As the matter is now before an adjudicatory body we will not provide further comment until the investigation and adjudication are completed.”

SOURCE Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)

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